More Weird Amazon.com Recommendations

I received another one of those weird Amazon emails. The computers over there are off again. Here is the latest odd match:

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased The Cold War : A New History by John Lewis Gaddis also purchased books by Joseph Volpe. For this reason, you might like to know that Joseph Volpe’s The Toughest Show on Earth : My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera will be released on May 2, 2006.

Could someone please explain what a historiogrphical study by one of the pre-eminent Cold War historians has to do with the Metropolitan Opera? Wouldn’t those snooty rich liberals (at least stereotypically) at the Met disdain this kind of conservative cold warrior stuff? Or perhaps they are rich snooty Republicans who were Reagan supporters. . . .

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