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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 by Joseph J. Ellis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631498985
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Published: Liveright - September 21st, 2021

A clear, concise, and compelling account of the colonies' break from Great Britain. Ellis insightfully captures the perspectives of determined patriots, loyalists, and especially the commanding figure of George Washington, who, while obsessed with appearances and his own reputation, possessed the moral fiber without which American independence may not have been gained. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062993151
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Published: Harper Wave - June 15th, 2021

In Cultish Amanda Montell analyzes the language techniques used by narcissistic cult leaders and insta-baddies alike to create a mass “cult” following. Montell debunks the concept of brainwashing and highlights the power that language holds as a tool to manipulate, inspire, deceive, and influence. Written with empathy and understanding, this informative and propulsive book takes a deep look into what it takes for a person like you or me to fall victim to the likes of Jim Jones-esque leaders or even your local “girl boss” scammer. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


I Will: How Four American Indians Put Their Lives on the Line and Changed History by Sheron Wyant-Leonard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781951627768
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Published: Arcade - July 20th, 2021

This book left me solemn, thoughtful and hopeful. It follows in the hallowed footsteps of Matthiessen’s "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" and Deloria's "Custer Died for Your Sins". Powerfully resonating in much the same way as Keefe's "Say Nothing", " I Will" is a powerful narrative of a people saying enough and taken from the point of view of four people ( involved A.I.M.;The American Indian Movement in the 1960s) who led the way and got caught up and became heroes and villains by virtue of standing by their Word. This is poignant, important and beautiful. I love this book and it goes on my shelf next to Black Elk, Nerburn, Deloria and Dee Brown works. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984854995
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Published: Random House - June 8th, 2021

In her detailed, heartfelt and heartbreaking analysis of "Ashley's Sack", the slave-era artifact passed down amongst three generations of enslaved women in South Carolina, Tiya Miles shines a blinding, microcosmic light onto the inhumane darkness of slavery in the "Old South". One fundamental truth revealed being how little history actually survives of slaves and their culture given that the keeper's of "American History" are, first and foremost, white Americans. While there are no known written records left by Ashley, her mother or her daughter, Miles brilliantly uses the simple text on the sack itself to piece together, bit by bit, from the historical record and the records of female slaves that did end up a part of our historical records, what it truly meant to be a slave and, specifically, a female slave in and around Charleston at the peak of this long, dark chapter in American history. It is not a pretty picture, but is a significant one that all Americans should make time to "view". ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park by Andy Mulvihill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

I am filled with New Jersey pride (something that constantly annoys my coworkers) and reading Mulvihill's Action Park brings back waves of Jersey nostalgia! Action Park is one wild ride, pun intended. Descriptions of one of America's first, and certainly most infamous amusement parks will make you laugh, wince, and never want to get on another rollercoaster again. Tales from Action Park will stay with you, just like the scar my Uncle received from the park's dangerous waterslides! ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome by Emma Southon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419753053
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 9th, 2021

This is a brilliant, unconventional and irreverent but wholly new way of looking at the actual term "Murder" and its development as a legal issue. It is also an exploration of how differently the ancient world perceived the act of murder from the way we do today. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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