The only problem I had with this book was that it featured a number of essays that were less about "what Team X did last year and can expect to do thiThe only problem I had with this book was that it featured a number of essays that were less about "what Team X did last year and can expect to do this year" than think pieces about what Team X means to me and how some obscure aspect of it reveals the mysteries of the universe. Less of that, more analysis, please....more
Really interesting look at how political correctness didn't die in the 90's, it just rebranded itself. Lukianoff, a self-professed liberal Democrat, gReally interesting look at how political correctness didn't die in the 90's, it just rebranded itself. Lukianoff, a self-professed liberal Democrat, goes through hundreds of cases he's dealt with while working for the FIRE, detailing how campuses are derailing free speech and open debate. His premise is that this is a big part of the reason for our sharply divided politics -- a generation of college students who are being raised to not question authority, to not engage people of differing viewpoints and to stifle dissent under the guise of "sensitivity". Some of the specific cases he gets into are downright Orwellian: students force to have interviews with RA's where they talk about their sex lives; students forced to pay for "sensitivity training" for differing from accepted narratives on race, gender and sexual orientation; professors who declare certain topics to be undebatable; University administrators and student governments who abuse their authority to silence dissent and criticism. Lukianoff intersperses this with passionate cries for open debate, free speech and free association, which are essential for a functioning pluralistic society.
This is good basic introduction to the First World War. Keegan mostly describes the war at the strategic level, looking at large operations and the maThis is good basic introduction to the First World War. Keegan mostly describes the war at the strategic level, looking at large operations and the masses of armies brought to the front. For someone who had little knowledge of the war going in, this was a quite sound way to get a handle on such an epic event. Keegan keeps that war on a solid narrative and gave some insights into why the war started (short version: in the immortal words of Blackadder, it was too much trouble not to have a war).
If the book has a failing, it's that it gives short shrift to the Eastern Front, in my opinion. While the war was ultimately decided on the Western Front, millions died on other fronts and it is not told in nearly the same detail. The Ottoman Empire's role in the war is described briefly in their disastrous Caucasus campaign and the Gallipoli campaign. But their collapse in Mesopotamia is barely covered at all. You contrast the almost clinical approach to the Eastern Front with the horrific descriptions of wounded soldiers slowly drowning to death in artillery craters at the Third Ypres and you'd have a hard time believing they were the same book. (Part of this is because the Western Front was much more massively documented than the Eastern Front). I also felt more attention could have been paid to the millions of civilians who died away from the fronts and the experience of a typical soldier. So ... my biggest criticism of the book is that it's too short.
Still, this is a great way to start out a study of the war. Looking forward to learning more....more