David McCullough’s 1776 tells the story of a part of the War of Independence, especially focusing on George Washington and the soldiers he led against the English troops in Boston and New York.
In these times when it seems most of the knowledge of the founding fathers has been reduced to hero worship and propaganda tools, 1776 is a refreshing and—as usual for McCullough—painstakingly researched examination of the times and events with a distinctly human focus.
Even though we all know how the story ends, the tale McCullough tells in 1776 is riveting and deeply personal. With this work, he has done everybody interested in the founding of America a great service.
Highly recommended for anybody interested in history, and should be required reading for everybody in America who votes.
Posted Tuesday, 25 August, 2009 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.