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Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention by Ben Wilson - Book Review

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$32.50
ISBN: 9780385543460
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Published: Doubleday - November 10th, 2020

This “history of humankind’s greatest invention” is a masterpiece of engaging historical writing. Ben Wilson structures Metropolis chronologically from the first city Uruk 6000 years ago to Lagos the fastest growing city and on track to become the largest megalopolis by the middle of the century with its answers to Silicon Valley and Dubai. He reveals both the repellent smells and the attractions of cities, the horrors of 19th century industry (life expectancy in Manchester and Chicago? 26) but also the community of its laboring inhabitants, how the informal settlements we dismissively called slums, are alive with entrepreneurs and microeconomies. With stops on the brilliant plumbing of Mohenjo-Daro, the loss of the communal bath in the west with the fall of Rome, animals like peregrine falcons who prosper in the city, and the intricate web of systemic racism, FHA loans, & suburbia, this is a wonderful book. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136683
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Published: Crown - December 8th, 2020

Vice President Spiro Agnew was a pitbull unleashed: unrelenting in his assault on critics, hippies, liberals, and the media. When Watergate hit, Agnew's ascension to the presidency froze when dogged attorneys exposed a scandal that sent him yipping to the doghouse of political oblivion. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476793054
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 18th, 2020

Sweeping evocation of the rise of Ronald Reagan and the Religious Right, dovetailed by the beleaguered Jimmy Carter years. Perlstein vividly chronicles a vast array of plots, pols, and personalities that shaped a lasting foundation for the modern Republican Party. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore - Book Review

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780393357424
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

Lepore manages a stunning performance on a history that, as she mentions, is far too grand to tell in any one book, if at all. A cacophony of voices echo waves of political change, social upheavals, where something is acknowledged, an understanding or truth, perhaps, that throughout our country's nearly 250 year history American's have remained stubbornly consistent, and that what's past isn't necessarily prologue, but both present and future. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

Yamahtta Taylor outlines how and why we have found ourselves at this current junction and what ways we can organize toward a brighter future. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the struggle for racial equity. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) by Brett L. Walker - Book Review

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By Brett L. Walker, William Cronon (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780295988146
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Published: University of Washington Press - March 14th, 2008

Walker and Cronon delineate the contrasting perspectives on the wolf in Japan pre and post-Meiji Restoration (1868), providing insight into the critical ecological role of the wolf. As America's cattle ranching market became viewed as the key to a modern economy, Ohio rancher Edwin Dun was outsourced to help create a Japanese cattle and dairy market. Dun, consequently, launched a campaign to eradicate the predatory wolf, which had been revered across Japan for thousands of years. This book reads like a page-turner, offering a glimpse into a very critical point in human-wolf history. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


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