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Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames by Lara Maiklem - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631494963
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Published: Liveright - November 5th, 2019

Along the River Thames, small strips of sandy beaches can be found, quiet places just a step away from the busy city, and the treasures they hold are slowly being revealed to a small set of people. Today, you need a licence to be a “mudlarker”, but once you just needed to be a child poor enough to scavenge, and the name comes from those desperate Victorian children. Maiklem has been one of the modern day treasure seekers for over 15 years, and she has many stories to fill the pages of this lovely memoir, and finds that the tiniest objects can tell the best stories, while quietly discovering London’s history and secrets in one of it’s more unique edgelands. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780767904438
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Published: Broadway Books - September 1st, 1999

Visceral, nuanced, and realistic memoir of a young man's experience in Viet Nam. O'Brien's trenchant descriptions of officers, civilians, and fellow soldiers are matched by his candid depictions of his own moral and emotional struggles about fighting in a highly questionable war. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640093928
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 5th, 2020

Thorough, disturbing analysis of how the Supreme Court in the late 19th and early 20th Century subverted and ultimately quashed the voting rights of millions of African Americans. Differing interpretations of the Constitution and its Amendments are commonplace; but what is uncommon, and grossly unconstitutional, was the elimination of a fundamental right earned by nothing less than a shattering Civil War. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316486637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

In an era when even the United States president, himself named as a predator, helps maintain a "precarious culture of secrecy," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rowan Farrow unveils the fear-inducing lies which protect image-potent men from conviction, for the sexual violence they enact against women. Mostly written in an impartial, TV-passive voice, Catch and Kill lets the victims speak, openly reporting on their testimony and allowing its collective volume to resonate, while Farrow hounds and then exposes the ego and arrogance these predatory men use in debilitating their prey. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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

Jean McConville was "disappeared" from her modest apartment in Belfast in December of 1972. Recently widowed, she left ten children to fend for themselves at a time when what was euphemistically called the "Troubles" turned Northern Ireland into a virtual war zone. Keefe has written a meticulously researched history of the bloody conflict between England, a country that seems particularly slow to recognize when it has worn out its welcome, and ferociously dedicated members of the IRA, who are determined to drive the British out. Cruelty, brutality, and murder was prevalent on both sides, leaving scars across the tortured land that still fester today. This is a brilliant book about a very dark interlude in human history when, literally, the only way to survive was to say nothing. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525428312
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Published: Viking - October 1st, 2019

The depth and cultural detail in the Crusaders is intense, starting with the visceral telling of recruiting of holy soldiers, happily leaving families and homes to stitch a cross on their chests and march to war for God and glory. You'll get a ground level view of lords, armies and battles that led to the capture, and loss of Jerusalem. You'll need a scorecard to keep track -- and a strong stomach at times. ~ Reviewed by Chris Hardaway


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