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And the Dead Shall Rise by Steve Oney
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Jun 14, 10

Read from May 28 to June 06, 2010 — I own a copy

I am on a roll. This book was equally as impressive as Columbine, which I had just read. Here you, too, see how a community reacts to tragedy and political/social coercion. The setting is Atlanta 100 years ago as it enters the new century and emerges from post-Civil War identity crisis. It is old vs. new, black vs. white, gentile vs. jew and most importantly south vs. north. By the end of the book, the guilt or innocence of the accused is rendered irrelevant as internal forces of political and social power rule the day.

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