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February 3rd, 2011


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07:44 am
Another library book bites the dust. I picked up Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America's Future by Geoffrey Perret, and quickly put it down again. I get that the author feels that these were unjustified wars and wars that the US lost (though I think that the South Koreans might have some quibble with this), but the initial chapter devolved into diatribe, as far as I was concerned, so I flushed it from my reading pile. On to the next book.

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From:maedb
Date:February 3rd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
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If authors would learn to disguise the diatribes, they'd get their message across a wider audience, instead of just preaching to the choir (as anyone else would do as you did and put the book down.)
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 4th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
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I suspect that the author was fine with selling only to those who think and feel similarly.
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From:rince1wind
Date:February 3rd, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Have you read "King Leopold's Ghost"? It's a history book that Mark's enjoyed enough that he's given it to people twice and wants me to read it too.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 4th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)
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No. What's it about?
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From:rince1wind
Date:February 4th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
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King Leopold II of Belgium and his conquest over and exploitation of the Belgian Congo. I believe it's the real setting for Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." (I just read that recently -- it was amazing.)
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 4th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I've read other books on the topic, including Heart of Darkness. In fact, the latter was the only book I've read on my PDA...what with the little screen, it was a pain to use that way.

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