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This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together by Jon Mooallem - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525509912
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Published: Random House - March 24th, 2020

Refreshingly off-kilter history of the day a massive earthquake sent Anchorage, Alaska seriously off-kilter. Radio reporter Genie Chance kept Alaskans connected and hopeful through her non-stop reports. Mooallem not only chronicles Chance's heroics, but, referencing the play Our Town, incorporates poignant commentary on the randomness, beauty, and ultimate value of life. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) by Rick Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250231321
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

This book is a masterpiece as bold and cunning as Washington’s Christmastime attack across the Delaware. Drama, intrigue, and a cast of surprisingly colorful characters abound in this battle-by-battle recounting of the early years of the War for Independence. The British Are Coming honestly reads like Game of Thrones-just with less dragons and more tricorn hats-as political rivalries, bloody feuds, and massive set-piece style battles engulf the American colonies from Quebec to the Carolinas and everywhere in between.

With so much at stake, every shot holds immense importance, and Atkinson drives that point home, emphasizing not only the significance of the war but also the tragic cost in both lives and matériel. Never in my life have I worried so much about firewood and rope, let alone those darn gunpowder kegs that Congress could never supply enough of. To think this is only the first book in his trilogy. My heart can’t take any more supply shortages.

In summary-despite the reader knowing exactly how the story ends The British Are Coming turns the Revolutionary War into nothing short of a riveting page-turner. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together by Jon Mooallem - Book Review

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Published: Random House - March 24th, 2020

Genie Chance was on a last-minute errand with her young son in downtown Anchorage, Alaska on Good Friday in 1964 when her car began to shake. She thought she must have a flat tire, another headache that Genie didn't need. The flat tire proved to be wishful thinking. The first tremors of the most powerful earthquake in American history had begun. In the hours and days to come, Genie Chance would utilize her training and skill as a radio reporter to relay vital information to the shocked, demoralized, and frightened victims of the quake. This meticulously researched account of a little known natural disaster is also a well-deserved tribute to the courage and tenacity of one woman, who was able to project a reassuring voice over the airwaves and, in doing so, shine a beam of hope at a time when the world seemed to be plunged in darkness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374285937
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 15th, 2020

A triumph of scholarship, Alex Ross’s Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music sets a new standard for cultural history. Ross, the New Yorker’s longtime classical music critic, follows his acclaimed history of modern music The Rest is Noise with nothing less than a panoptic view of the outsized cultural influence of Richard Wagner-the 19th century’s grandest artistic titan-on everything that followed. From Wagner’s earliest disciples, admirers, and sycophants (like prodigal son Nietzsche and early French champion Baudelaire) to the far reaches of his influence in Tolkien, Marvel movies, and vegetarianism, Ross crafts his own leitmotifs of themes, characters, and perspectives including Wagner’s role in gay culture, his notorious descendants, and his influence on all the major figures of modernist culture writ large. Centrally, Ross reckons with Wagner’s antisemitism, the long-reaching effects of his racist prose, and how, so entwined with Nazism, he became regarded as a kind of prophet for the coming of Hitler (a most devoted disciple to be sure). With propulsive prose, deft history-telling, and a crafty structure (starting at Wagner’s death and filling in with operatic summaries or background at always the right moment), Wagnerism becomes finally a brilliant examination of the tangled knot that is the interrelationship of art, politics, and history. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South by Matthew Van Meter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316435031
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 28th, 2020

Civil rights advances in the 1960s stemmed from many unlikely sources, including a young black man's arrest on a flimsy charge in a racist Louisiana backwater. Gary Duncan's "crime" of innocently touching a white boy's arm wound its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, while the ingrained bigotry of his birthplace finally began to unravel. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Digging Up Britain: Ten Discoveries, a Million Years of History by Mike Pitts - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780500051900
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 8th, 2019

This is a very readable informative review of the most important archaeological finds in Britain in recent memory. Not only is this book insightful for the sites discussed but it also a review of the great changes in methodology, interpretation and diagnostics. Thoroughly enjoyable Pitts travels from the near recent past of AD 1000 to the far past of 400,000 years ago filled cannibals, vikings and metal detectorists. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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