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Reviewed: 2019-12-31

As close to an autobiography as we are going to get for Robert A. Caro; set against his lifetime pursuit of the description of political power, and his two white whales, Robert Moses and Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Loved hearing it in his voice, in the cadence of his native New York City.

Chilling

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Reviewed: 2019-10-27

"The ghosts of those men and women, haunt me - I think my soul remains in Kigali." Dallaire

Bull Moose Conservatives

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Reviewed: 2019-10-06

Really enjoyed this - the three strands of Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft and the muckraking journalists of the Progressive Era make a compelling tale. How unlikely for Col. Roosevelt to become president. Was struck as well at how close Taft and the Colonel actually were. Appreciated the scope of the tale, which reflects our own perilous times.

Cold, shaken not stirred

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Reviewed: 2019-02-02

The end of the Cold War makes us nostalgic for the presumed moral clarity. Apparently, not so clear then either. Interesting that it is such a contrast w/ that other British spy, James Bond. Particularly enjoyed Brian Cox as Alec Lemas.

A Small Man

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Reviewed: 2019-02-01

It seems I am often thinking of Arendt these days, so thought it time to re-visit this work. What stands out, from over 50 years later, is how small Eichmann seems - how petty and bureaucratic.
The peculiar pride he demonstrates in his non-acceptance of bribes reminds me of the East Germans in LeCarre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Banal, and yet more horrifying for that - monsters are, fortunately, relatively rare. Banal, officious bureaucrats? Why, one can see them everywhere.

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A History of Contingency

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Reviewed: 2019-01-20

An interesting book, well told, of a peculiar historical event - the start of WWI. Given what happens next, it is mystifying how calm all seemed in Europe before the death of ArchDuke Ferdinand in Sarajevo. I feel like I have a better understanding of the how, the why still eludes me, despite the efforts of this book.

Elections have consequences

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Reviewed: 2019-01-09

What happens when someone not interested in the government gets elected to run it? Michael Lewis focuses on the transition from the Obama administration to Trump. In so doing, he scared me more witless than a stack of Steven King horror films.
Ignore at your own peril.

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meta who-done-it

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Reviewed: 2018-08-01

Appreciated the double narrator, and the story within a story element of the book. Well-casted and very engaging.

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RETURN TO THE GOLDEN COMPASS

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Reviewed: 2018-07-20

I appreciated the return to the world of THE GOLDEN COMPASS, including the return of Lord Azreal, Mrs. Coulter and Baby Lyra herself. Really enjoyed Michael Sheen's performance.

Pre-quels explain the backstory; they contain less invention (and more discovery) than the original novels. To use a distinction that this book draws out quite nicely.

I am a sucker for time travel

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Reviewed: 2018-07-14

But was sucked in by the treatment of the transparently unreliable narrator's love for his Penelope. And I also love that it is the narrator who has to wait for his woman. Funny, bright, thoughtful and perhaps a bit sad, I appreciated hearing it in the author's voice. And love that the number of chapters is prime.