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" When I read Twain's description of the career of Olive Logan, I thought, here was the Kardasian analog of the 1870's. Did anyone else have the same re ...more"
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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 by Mark Twain
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A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
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I bought this book because it was recommended by Fareed Zakaria on Global Public Square. I thought that it was recently published. It was originally published in the 80's, but was republished with an analytical chapter added in 2009. This book can be ...more
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A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
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Ratification by Pauline Maier
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The author collected the facts and put them into a book. New Jersey and Georgia aside, she was thorough. She chose not to cover the constitutional convention. She chose to end her story when the last of the thirteen, Rhode Island, ratified. Each stat ...more
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How Much is Enough? by Robert Skidelsky
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"So what's the point?" is what I asked after I "leafed" through the last chapter's end notes and didn't find another chapter.

The Skidelskys are intelligent fellows with whom it would be nice to converse. One of them is an expert on the life and writi
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Nelson Mandela
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
Nelson Mandela

Khaled Hosseini
“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
Khaled Hosseini

Rick Moody
“I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.”
Rick Moody

Martin Luther King Jr.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Bill Bryson
“Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result -- eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly -- in you.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

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