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Book Review: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, by Godfrey Hodgson This is the sort of book that seems to be written in search of the most obvious criticism it is likely to receive. In fairness to the author, who does think himself … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Blessed Earth

This Blessed Earth: A Year In The Life Of An American Farm, by Ted Genoways It is easy to see how this book could have been a lot better. The main issues with this book relate to the author as … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti is the sort of artist whose influence is undeniable, but whose music is not necessarily mainstream in the United States. This is the sort of act whose music and whose approach sits across a great many of the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading While Black

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation As An Exercise In Hope, by Esau McCulley This book is not written for a reader like me. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, but in this case the fact that the … Continue reading

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The Triumph Of Meaningless Choices

Sometimes it does not matter what side one picks. One of the triumphs of contemporary American business culture is the way that an artificial conflict being pit between two sides to try to hype up hostility in fact serves the … Continue reading

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The Present Is Too Often The Enemy Of The Past

While the vagaries of time have been dangerous enough to the threats of Egyptian history, the worst threat to the memory of Egyptian pharaohs was other Egyptian pharaohs. One would think that Egyptian rulers would want to emphasize the lengthy … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Egypt

The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Egypt, by Toby Wilkinson One of the more interesting aspects of a whole suite of books that exist on ancient Egypt is the way that the politics of ancient Egypt have come under increasing … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Rage Against The Machine

There are few groups for whom the biblical adage that if one lives by the sword one dies by the sword applies more than is the case for Rage Against Machine. Widely praised for their fiery political rhetoric, the chief … Continue reading

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Book Review: Native Alternatives To Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives To Invasive Plants, by C. Colston Burrell It is easy to credit this book with good intentions. The author has an obvious desire to encourage the greater use of plants that have been neglected among America’s native plants … Continue reading

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