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A People's History Of The United States

By renowned historian Howard Zinn. Zinn taught at Spelman College during the tumultuous 60s and was fired for advising activist students. Later, in 2005, he was invited to give the commencement address.

He is widely reviled by the Ayn Rand conservative types but does not shy away from his sentiment that he speaks for those whom history, written by the conquerors, rulers and leading elite, have chosen to ignore or gloss over very briefly.

I know this book will give me a lot of "energy" (make me mad as hell) but the alternative of ignoring these little known incidents of actual history would be worse.

Some examples:
Columbus slaughtered the Arawak Indians of the Bahama Islands starting in 1492, but is presented as a wonderful ground-breaking explorer to children in school innocently memorizing nursery rhymes; Cortes' slaughter of the Aztecs who saw him as the returning God Quetzalcoatl; Pisarro's pitiless annihilation of the ancestors of the Inca -- all of these European white men in the pursuit of gold, the acquisition of which would rarely preserve their representative country for more than a generation.

Warning, be prepared for the education you probably never got but are now glad you are finally learning. Unless, of course, you are part of the ruling class who need excuses for the wholesale slaughter of hundreds of millions for your own inherited wealth.

Eminently worth reading in either case.

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Good Read/currently reading

"A Walk in the Woods" by: Bill Bryson... no real plot but interesting and funny nonetheless.

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War And Peace

By Leo Tolstoy. This is going to be a hard book for me to get into and I'll probably read something alternatively, breaking my long streak of entertainment type fiction.

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they lost me

after about the 4th installment, but some of the concepts and images will be with me forever.

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Dune

Is also one those for me, Noonie. Good reading!

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Dune

So I am thinking of re-reading the dune chronicles for the fourth time. am i crazy does anyone else have a book that won't leave them alone?

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Threat Vector

Clancy's latest about cyber warfare. Scary stuff. Not up to his best, maybe his co-writer was the problem. Although I don't agree with his point of view he could be said to be a realist.

I can't believe I've read every single thing by him. I guess I have more time on my hands than I should.

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The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

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yeah

one thing about Tom Clancy, he doesn't shortchange you on the page count! And he keeps you turning them, too.

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Debt of Honor

Tom Clancy writes great cloak and dagger spy thrillers. This one is 990 pages long and is in small print. Jack Ryan (Sr) is with the CIA and about to get involved with some unknown clandestine activity on a small island in the south Pacific.
Meanwhile, in the desert, field agent tough guys, Chavez and Clark, are chasing a Somali warlord.
I hope to have it read by December....

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