“You can have enlightenment for ninepence but you prefer ignorance.” That’s you. You can do better, and God help your sorry-ass soul if you don’t try.
“There is much that is in need of reform in American life. But reform is not very much in fashion among populists, who are ensorcelled by the much more exciting prospect of revolution — and destruction.”
Runkle produces a phenomenal work in describing the ascent of many of the generals who led the United States Army to victory in the European and Pacific Theaters. Runkle primarily focuses on Generals George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Douglas MacArthur, but also touches on others such as Generals Mark Clark, Joe Stilwell, and Omar Bradley.
This may be the real gift of this book and its real magic, Susan Petrone’s moving us from indifference to understanding and caring for others and our world, and that’s a very real transformation.
The Eulogist by Terry Gamble is an excellent story about an immigrant family who lives in Cincinnati and southern Ohio during a period of great change in the early United States. Here is a little on the plot from the publisher: Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland …
The bulk of the book is classic Brookhiser. Short, pithy and insightful description of history and its impact/significance. But it is also an argument about American nationalism and the need for remembering who we are and how we got here.
What an odd little book. Bills itself as noir but veers close to black comedy. It is French so perhaps I should have expected weird … :-)
Classic Steinhauer! Intelligent espionage fiction with twist and turns and a global conspiracy. Old characters and new. Makes me want to go back and re-read the whole series with Milo Weaver. And delete a bunch of apps off my phone…