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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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It's hard to know where to start or what I can contribute. If you read Coates on The Atlas tic this will feel familiar in his unfailingly vital way. If you do not read Coates, then you should read that and this. But start with this. It is effectively ...more
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The Question of Hu by Jonathan D. Spence
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Journey into China by Kenneth C. Danfords
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Treason by the Book by Jonathan D. Spence
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Hell and Good Company by Richard Rhodes
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To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
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Excellent pop history book. Draws out the personalities of the figures who squabbled their way into a regional cold war while never losing sight of the vast human toll of said squabbling.
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“It's like I told you last night son. The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight, he added”
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“A man, a life - it was barely worth mentioning. The Visigoths had destroyed the Romans, and had themselves been destroyed by the Muslims. Who were destroyed by the Spanish and Portuguese. You did not need Hitler to see that it was not a pleasant story. And yet here she was. Breathing, having these thoughts. The blood that ran through history would fill every river and ocean, but despite all the butchery, here you were.”
Philipp Meyer, The Son

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“Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you.”
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“It's a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.”
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“I'm glad I've been wrong enough to keep in practice. . . You can't avoid it, you've got to learn to handle it. If you only come face to face with your own mistakes once or twice in your life it's bound to be extra painful. I face mine every day--that way they ain't usually much worse than a dry shave.”
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