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Among other things, Ellis has a fascinating analysis of the connection between slavery and the Jeffersonian/Madisonian Southern Republicans' paranoia about the Federalists (e.g., if the federal government had the power to create a United States bank, it would also have the power to abolish slavery on an interstate basis). As Ellis details, because slavery was a subject that the Founders refused to discuss openly -- mentioning it in polite society or political discourse was taboo -- the issue was sublimated and concerns over it were expressed in indirect ways.

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Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
I stumbled upon Connolly while reading John Sanford's latest. Sanford mentioned a character reading this very book and that sent me down the rabbit hole. Connolly is amazing. Now I feel compelled to do my best to read the entire Charlie Harper series.71-rkl6QliL.jpg
 
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Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography by Cathy Porter .
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Best book of the Harry Potter franchise.

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Unbelievably well-crafted story:
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I just finished .
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The book is divided into thirds.
The first is the shortest, and describes the Western hemisphere before contact. Even though it's short, it's important. We tend to treat the history and mores of the Old World, and Europe in particular, as normal. But you need to understand what was normal in the Americas. For instance, in large areas of the Americas, war was highly ritualized, and you would never attack civilian populations. (This would be dishonorable in a context in which the purpose of the war might be the restoration of your honor after you have been wronged.)*
The second third details a story that everyone knows, but very few European-Americans acknowledge– the story of a series of genocides that were conducted over 400 years. The book includes first-hand accounts of atrocities, and it summarizes academic studies on demographics. Both are important: Without the human stories, you'll become numbed by numbers; without the numbers, you can't start appreciate the scale of the horrors being described.
The last third focuses on Europe and ideology (in particular Christian ideology). It is the most damning condemnation of Western "civilization" I have ever read.
In its decision to look at the entire western hemisphere over the last 500 years, the book limits its discussion of the US and Anglo-America. A similar book, which I also recommend, is
* The misunderstanding went both ways. The Spanish were horrified by the ritualized human sacrifices that that Aztecs did; the Aztecs couldn't imagine slaughtering infants.

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Posted - Jan 13 2019 : 1:02AM
^ Sounds like a good read.

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It was a mediocre book. Holly did not want to take accountability for her own decisions.

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Fair Shares for All: Jacobin Egalitarianism in Practice by Jean-Pierre Gross
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The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietszche (trans. Walter Kaufmann)

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Middlemarch by George Eliot
It's probably unfair to allude to this book as a nineteenth soap opera, though it does have some of that flavor. And, its 800 pages are sprinkled with not a few dense passages of great dullness. But, the author draws her characters with beautiful detail and often biting wit that brings them wholly to life and keeps you turning pages. And, after the characters' various failures and moral crises, it is soothing that Eliot explicitly leaves you with the idea that the world is a better place not so much for great achievements, but for a lot of mostly worthy people muddling through mostly decent lives.
On the other hand, I'm annoyed that a character who I suppose was meant as the book's rough approximation to a romantic hero was, I thought, a total slimeball. Go figure.

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Dark Hollow by John Connolly

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My story by Alex Hawkins
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Fodor's Guide to New York City

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Good heavens. How does one describe this? It's a grotesque rural Southern family drama with overlays of farce. I kept shaking my head in amazement at the bizarre and grossly dysfunctional characters. I also confess that at times I found it somewhat incomprehensible: narrators' jumbled interior thoughts intermixed with external events, ungrammatical dialect, and occasionally, it seems, deliberate obscurity. Still, well worth the ride to get to spend time with the whacked out Bundren family.


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From Beirut to Jerusalem ny Thomas Friedman

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Habits of the Heart, by Robert Bellah et al.

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1491 by Charles C. Mann

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^ That was a fascinating book. The author makes clear that some of the content is definitely not established dogma, but he makes a good case for the more controversial parts. Well worth reading.

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^ Thank you.

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1917 by Arthur Herman

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THE Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky
 
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You're now officially competing with misspornUSA for most books read in a nanosecond. Meanwhile, I'm crawling snail-like through selected Nietzsche aphorisms at the brisk clip of 10 pages a night, when I'm feeling extremely alert. Wish I had your skills and hers.
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^ Thank you.

The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner


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Good Omens by Terry Pratchet.

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^ ... and Neil Gaiman, a dream colloboration for inventive fiction.

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The Killing Kind by John Connolly

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September 1918; War, Plague, and the World Series by Skip Desjardin

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City of Thieves by David Benioff.

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"In Defense of Rape and Incest" by Steve King
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From the reviews:

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The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

Published in 2008, this isn't completely current, but is a good waystation on the way to today. The book deals with the increasing (even dominating) influence in the US of religious fundamentalism, anti-rationalism, anti-science, anti-education even. A fascinating and often infuriating book. Many readers might take offense with some of the author's remarks on religion, but I hope some will keep on reading; there is much to ponder here.

 
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One of my all-time favorite books.

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I read the fifteen books of Kyle Onstott's, Lance Horner's, and Ashley Carter's (Harry Whittington's) Falconhurst series.

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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel.

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Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in the Vietnam War by Gina Marie Weaver Yount.

The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman by Alexandra Kollontaĭ.


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My Life As a Political Prisoner by Elizabeth G. Flynn.

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Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, and Erin Torneo.

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Brain On Fire by Susannha Cahalan

Amazing read so far

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Secret Guy - I loved Brain on Fire! The movie is pretty good too. All makes you realize how important it is to have friends/family to advocate for your healthcare. And how much we need smart doctors freed from the restraints of insurance and all the BS so they can focus on their work.


This book is INTENSE - it will haunt me every time I travel to places where kidnapping is used as fundraising.
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Jane Fonda's War: A Political Biography Of An Antiwar Icon by Mary Hershberger.

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El Monstruo by the late John Ross It is an excellent history of Mexico City.

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The White Road by John Connolly

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The Black Angel by John Connolly

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Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame by Benita Eisler.
 
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Georges Simenon (Inspector Maigret):

"Pietr the Latvian"; "The Late Monsieur Gallet"; "The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien".


 
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The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship by Matthew Waites.

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Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom by Rob Larson.
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