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This Land Is Their Land by Barbara Ehrenreich
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May 14, 2012

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Read from May 14 to 18, 2012

I think this is one case in which the whole is not as great as the sum of its parts. The voluminous collection of essays is fairly repetitive. It is still, however, a book with much wit and thought-provoking content. Take, for instance, this passage from the essay entitled "The Faith Factor": "The closest analogy to America's bureaucratized evangelical movement is Hamas, which draws in poverty-stricken Palestinians through its own miniature welfare state." She then goes on to draw behavioral comparisons between the ideologically-different groups. As I sat disgruntled at my work desk listening to the audiobook as I performed mundane and repetitive tasks, I found my muttered support ranging from "hell yes" to "those motherf!&$@rs." Still too familiar arguments and anecdotes sometimes failed to hold my attention.

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