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An amazing book about one of the greatest commanders and a much more successful President than usually credited. He puts the current party leadership to shame.
What This Cruel War Was Over by Chandra Manning
" As a southerner, I examined the evidence myself and decided the South had it coming. Any group of leaders that presided over the destruction of their ...more "
What This Cruel War Was Over by Chandra Manning
"As a white Southern man, who identifies as an anti-racist this was a tough read. While as a child I think I was taught that the war was about Black enslavement or more likely "a war to free the slaves," that the North was good and the South was ba..." Read more of this review »
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What This Cruel War Was Over by Chandra Manning
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An excellent examination of what the soldier’s themselves thought about the war as they fought it. It was not over “States rights” that they slaughtered one another for several years.
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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
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Fabulous. Magic. Mayhem. Murder. Floods of biblical proportions and wonder, too. It reminds me of a John LeCarre novel in a good way. Many points to the working class protagonists. I’m sure others have them, but it’s not that common. I enjoyed the li ...more
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Ralph Ellison
“Now, aware of my invisibility, I live rent-free in a building rented strictly to whites, in a section of the basement that was shut off and forgotten during the nineteenth century, which I discovered when I was trying to escape in the night from Ras the Destroyer. But that's getting too far ahead of the story, almost to the end, although the end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Arlie Russell Hochschild
“Virtually every Tea Party advocate I interviewed for this book has personally benefited from a major government service or has close family who have.”
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

William Manchester
“At Waterloo Pierre Cambronne commanded Napoleon's Imperial Guard. When all was lost, a British officer asked him to lay down his arms. Generations of schoolboys have been taught that he replied: “The Guard dies, but never surrenders.” Actually he said: “Merde!” (“Shit!”) The French know this; a euphemism for merde is called “the word of Cambronne.” Yet children are still told that he said what they know he did not say. So it was with me. I read Kipling, not Hemingway; Rupert Brooke, not Wilfred Owen; Gone with the Wind, not Ambrose Bierce and Stephen Crane. The”
William Manchester, Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

Joe Abercrombie
“Broken hearts heal with time, but broken teeth never do.”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

H.W. Brands
“Liberty and freedom and democracy are so very precious that you do not fight to win them once and stop. You do not do that. Liberty and freedom and democracy are prizes awarded only to those peoples who fight to win them and then keep fighting eternally to hold them.”
H.W. Brands, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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