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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

This is an account of the murder and "disappearing" of Jean McConville, a widow with 10 children in sectarian Belfast in 1972, and the growth and development of IRA's Provos wing, Sinn Fein, and the evolution of today's uneasy peace. Keefe calls it "narrative nonfiction." It is the story of a deliberately broken community. Being partisan, how quickly can nativism turn into nationalism and then radicalization? And what is the result? This is a study in morals, ethics, and loyalties. Terror and justification of violence quickly becomes the norm and has horrendous results on both the victims and the perpetrators. This book is a profound and truly important work that is timely and relevant in many varied ways. Say Nothing will reverberate today and tomorrow, and will ask the reader to pay attention. It is about collective memory, action, guilt, and communal and personal P.T.S.D. Most of all, it is a clear eyed, unromantic record of a horror that was perpetrated for decades and where reconciliation and truths are still in abeyance. I read this brilliant book in a week and turned around and started it again! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Dreaming Up America by Russell Banks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781583228388
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 3rd, 2008

Banks defines the American Dream as a personal and communal quest to seek gold, freedom, and to start anew. While lofty aims abound, the end result is often far from altruistic: the sacrificing of native and ethnic cultures, the waging of wars of questionable validity, and the quest itself, embedded in our heritage, shows no sign of flagging. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 by George Howe Colt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501104787
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

Undefeated Harvard hosted undefeated Yale at the end of a year of political assassinations, race riots, escalation of war, and the election of Richard Nixon. What happened on the football field, in its glorious improbability, provided an affirmation of sport's outlet for tension and conflict, and the benefit of playing the game. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

The story of four extraordinary presidents during extraordinary times. Goodwin recounts events that indelibly shaped the characters of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, examining how personal trials of each man profoundly affected their response during some of the nation's darkest hours. Eminently readable, this book will instill in the reader a new appreciation for men whose determination and courage still resonate in America today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies by Dawn Raffel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399175749
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Published: Blue Rider Press - July 31st, 2018

He changed his name multiple times. His European background was vague. His medical credentials were ambiguous. He hawked his products on carnival midways. Those products were incubators. And they saved thousands of babies who grew to laugh, love, and live, thanks to him. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion by Edward G. Lengel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780306825682
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 18th, 2018

The "Lost Battalion" gained immense acclaim throughout America after withstanding unimaginable horrors of trench warfare in World War I. After returning home as heroes, their celebrity faded and their physical and emotional wounds festered. Now, a century later, Lengel's work helps ensure their legacy will not be forgotten. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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