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Book Review: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark:  One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara This book is an unsettling one, a book about a series of cold cases and the thus far unsuccessful efforts to solve … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander This is not a good book, but it is not as bad a book as it seems to want to be.  Admittedly, I am not the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Mass Incarceration

Understanding Mass Incarceration:  A People’s Guide To The Key Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Time, by James Kilgore I have yet to read a single book that was labeled as a “people’s guide” or a “people’s history” that was ever … Continue reading

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Book Review: La Cosa Nostra

La Cosa Nostra:  A History Of The Sicilian Mafia, by John Dickie This particular book is a history of the mafia and its parasitic relationship with the Italian state that was constructed from the 1860’s onward, demonstrating that far from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Car Country

Car Country:  An Environmental History, by Christopher W. Wells I have to have a grudging degree of respect for an author like this one, who seeks to split the difference between the thesis that America’s transportation infrastructure is so car-oriented … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Ticket

The Tin Ticket:  The Heroic Journey Of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss As someone who has read at least a little bit about Australia’s convict women, it is pretty clear that there was both something deeply problematic about … Continue reading

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αυτονομία

The subject of autonomy is one about which my feelings and opinions are characteristically ambivalent.  Much depends on what one means by autonomy.  I general, I support the right of smaller regions and peoples to be free from despotic and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Eat, Drink, & Be Wary

Eat, Drink, & Be Wary:  How Unsafe Is Our Food?, by Charles M. Duncan This book both demonstrates a severe problem with the safety of food in the United States and demonstrates how it is that people who earnestly wish … Continue reading

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Book Review: Engineering Eden

Engineering Eden:  The True Story Of A Violent Death, A Trial, And The Fight Over Controlling Nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith The author notes in this book that the views of people regarding national parks and their regulation and operation … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost Indictment Of Robert E. Lee

The Lost Indictment Of Robert E. Lee, by John Reeves It is unusual, perhaps even remarkable, that despite the fact that Robert E. Lee was widely recognized as a heroic figure in the Civil War (despite choosing the wrong side), … Continue reading

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