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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
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Apr 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, humor, non-fiction, audiobook, 2012-challenge
Recommended to Jenny by: Josh Mallory

Fantastic audiobook. I've been meaning to read one of Sarah Vowell's books for ages, but none ever made it to the top of the list; however, I'm glad I listened to it, because her performance is so great that it enhances the words themselves.

"After an earthquake shook Boston in 1775 and prompted the usual religious flip-outs about the wrath of God..." (page 23/first disc)

"Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." (p. 164, Tecumseh)

"Protestantism's evolution away from hierarchy and authority has enormous consequences for America and the world. On the one hand, the democratization of religion runs parallel to political democratization....On the other hand, Protestantism's shedding away of authority...inspires self-reliance - along with a dangerous disregard for expertise. So the impulse that leads to democracy can also be the downside of democracy - namely, a suspicion of people who know what they are talking about." (p. 214/last disc)

"Behind every bad law, a deep fear." (p. 218/last disc)

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