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We the Dead: Preserving Data at the End of the World by Brian Michael Murphy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781469668284
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 23rd, 2022

There is something remarkable on every page of this important and intensely fascinating book which reveals just how ensnared we all are to Big Data. Hell, it shifts my understanding of “me”--there’s my body and as Murphy shows there’s also my “data body,” stored piecemeal in some of the hundreds of fascinating environs that We the Dead explores. Murphy dramatizes the big narrative of how the data complex developed, exploded, commodified our lives, and colonized us via technology but with a poet’s eye for detail. White supremacist time capsule aficionados. Books gassed with Zyklon B. Miles of rotting documents. Nuclear armageddon cosplay, the golden record, historical amnesia, self-destructing emails, eugenic whiteness. Human DNA as digital storage.Terrifying and funny. From the Civil War to space tourist venture capitalists and beyond, this is one of those rare books–like Stamped from the Beginning–that is revelatory, epochal. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis by Beth Macy - Book Review

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Raising Lazarus: Hope,  Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis By Beth Macy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316430227
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 16th, 2022

Wide-ranging account of the damage wrought in the last quarter century by the opioid epidemic. Time and again, Macy puts a human face on the victims drug marketers would rather ignore, and her profiles of those who help to heal hint that the scourge will someday subside. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How to Fix It by Will Bunch - Book Review

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After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How to Fix It By Will Bunch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063076990
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Published: William Morrow - August 2nd, 2022

Decades ago, academic and political forces altered the American college purpose from a public good to a private benefit. Bunch persuasively details how the skyrocketing cost of college, its associated student debt, and the animosity toward college from a wide segment of the public helped fuel the harsh divisions in America today. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission by Mark Leibovich - Book Review

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Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission By Mark Leibovich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593296318
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

Merciless takedown not only of a former president, but of the sycophants within an increasingly radicalized party. Leibovich delivers the goods with gallows humor that prevents his outrage from curdling into self-righteous anger. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

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Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385548519
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Published: Doubleday - June 28th, 2022

Top-shelf journalism about often bottom-shelf personalities. Keefe's accounts are uniformly well-researched, well-written, and compelling. And, when he writes of Anthony Bourdain, a decidedly sympathetic figure, the coda lends the tale its tragedy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened by Bill McKibben - Book Review

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The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened By Bill McKibben Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250823601
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 31st, 2022

The legendary environmentalist who wrote the first popular book about climate change expands his focus examining how much the country has changed for the worse since the 1960s and early 70s. McKibben uses the flag, cross, and station wagon as metonymies for patriotic history, traditional Christianity, and suburbia–all of which now seem tainted and his boyhood perspective naïve. His summer job as an adolescent was as a Revolutionary War tour guide, but he only recently learned of his town’s historical racism thanks to the 1619 Project–particularly the tortured enslaved person whose body hung prominently in a gibbet for over 100 years in the center of town. When the Vietnam Vets Against the War arrived, they and much of the town including his father and every member of the clergy were arrested for protesting. But just a couple of years later his town voted against affordable housing in the privacy of the voting booth. And he zeroes in on how post-war suburbia created the most pollution of anything ever in the history of the world. A brilliant informative book that looks to the past and its failed promises, and looks, perhaps even with a little hope, to what we can do now. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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