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Mike Hare - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

Mike is an avid reader of History, Politics, Art, Literature, and Poetry. Plays the piano, tennis, and chess with varying degrees of accomplishment. Especially enjoys Saratoga, its bucolic surroundings, and its proximity to urban centers.

Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America by Stephanie Gorton - Book Review

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062796646
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Published: Ecco - February 18th, 2020

CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and countless other media outlets can trace their roots to McClure's magazine, which held enormous sway molding public opinion in the early 20th Century. The hyperkinetic S.S. McClure, the reserved, forceful Ida Tarbell and aggressive reporters challenged prevailing policies, skewered industrialists, championed unbridled reporting, and in the process changed America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


A Year Without a Name: A Memoir by Cyrus Grace Dunham - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316444965
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

A selfie of a body in transition. Embarrassed by her breasts and put off by societal expectations, Grace desires masculine embodiment. Cyrus, always consciously present, gradually assumes physical form. The intensely personal transition to honor an honestly gendered identity is rendered unflinchingly, and with grace. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Solid State: The Story of "abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles by Kenneth Womack - Book Review

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By Kenneth Womack, Alan Parsons (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781501746857
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Published: Cornell University Press - October 15th, 2019

The world's most popular group nearly pulled the plug in early 1969. Instead, they put most of their personal, artistic, and business differences aside to gather in the Abbey Road studio. There, reveling in new recording equipment and unabashed inspiration, they created a final, iconic album. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan - Book Review

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By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519929
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Published: Other Press - October 2019

A trumped up charge, a dingy cell, no prospect for release: brutal reality becomes tangential for Altan. His memories of life and a lifetime of reading fill his mind and heart, and grant him precisely what his jailers wish to deny: release. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

The promise of a new American Founding after the Civil War was articulated by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments. While they rid the nation of slavery, their aspiration to provide equal rights to more citizens largely failed in the face of violent opposition, blinkered judicial rulings, and widespread indifference. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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