I read the first half and set it aside for later. History is written by the winners, and Zinn writes from the perspective of the losers in the US coloI read the first half and set it aside for later. History is written by the winners, and Zinn writes from the perspective of the losers in the US colonialization game: Native people, Mexican people, African-American people, children, women, poor people. What might the world look like if Columbus and his ilk had landed on North American shores and tried to learn from the people who lived there, instead of exterminating them? And so on. Go read it....more
I am not really sure how to describe this book. King is a professor and prolific writer and this book is loosely a history of Native people in CanadaI am not really sure how to describe this book. King is a professor and prolific writer and this book is loosely a history of Native people in Canada and the United States, seen through the lens of a 70-ish academic of Cherokee, Greek, and German heritage. He retells many of the lessons we learn in school but he doesn't tell the stories quite like the old history books. In between, he reflects on images of Native people in popular culture, the impact of casinos, the environmental destruction of Native land, and a possible future for First Nations. His style is fluid and often witty without making light of his topic. Highly recommended for anyone....more
In the mid-1930s, as desperate Jews began to flee eastern Europe, Vishniac traveled to these countries and photographed the suffering and cruelty inflIn the mid-1930s, as desperate Jews began to flee eastern Europe, Vishniac traveled to these countries and photographed the suffering and cruelty inflicted by the Nazis. His pictures and stark commentary illustrate communities that completely vanished; only occasionally does he say a subject in a photo actually survived the Shoah.
My dad suggested I read this as he found it very moving. He was born in 1936 and it was only through good fortune and his grandmother's bravery that he and his parents were safe in New York and not trapped, as many of his family members were, in Hitler's camps and ghettos.
Most of Vishniac's notes on the photos are printed in the front of the book, which is a bit awkward for reference but allows you to be drawn into the world of people who were forcibly removed from a peaceful, middle-class existence into desperate poverty. As Vishniac says, the cities began to use human porters to deliver goods because they would work for food, while animals would not work until they were fed.
Everyone should spend an hour or two with this book. Every library needs a copy. ...more
If you want to be reassured about the safety of the world's nuclear stockpile, find another book. As General George Lee Butler said in the 1990s, "I cIf you want to be reassured about the safety of the world's nuclear stockpile, find another book. As General George Lee Butler said in the 1990s, "I came to fully appreciate the truth...we escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion." Butler was the newly appointed head of Strategic Air Command at the time and had recently reviewed the SAC's history and reports.
Eric Schlosser, whose "Fast Food Nation" encouraged Americans to rethink McDonalds, turned his formidable research skills on the U.S. nuclear program. He spent ten years studying the history of nuclear weapons and the Cold War and wrote a detailed but very readable account of our journey from the Manhattan Project and Hiroshima to detente to our current state, in which rogue nations are a little too close to unsupervised thermonuclear bombs.
This is not "The Day After," and Schlosser spends very little time on the real and imagined civilian horrors, the underground shelters, or the classroom duck-and-covers. His history is framed around a specific accident in Damascus, Ark., in 1980, and relays a story that illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of SAC and the Air Force.
"Command and Control" is not brief and it is not cheerful, but it is an important piece of journalism that will make you rethink your memories of the Cold War, and increase your appreciation for the military and civilian personnel who woke up every morning and supervised weapons that could have, but did not, destroy the world. Yet....more