One of my many excuses for not posting in a couple of months is that I had been writing a longer piece for Tropics of Meta, which describes itself as Historiography for the Masses. This political and thought provoking website examines popular culture and current events through an historical lens. Every August they ask readers/contributors to revisit older books in their Dog Days Classics section. Last year, I wrote about Neil Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
This year my offering is David Halberstam's The Longest Winter: America and the Korean War (2008). Writing longer pieces about certain books and how we react to them is one of the major themes of my The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), which started this whole blog craziness almost ten years ago. But sometimes short postings are not enough to fulfill one's need to write. It is both refreshing and taxing to do something with a little length and thought. Here's hoping that you take time to check out the piece and more importantly want to read the Halberstam book.
Thanks to my partner Denise Casey and the editors of Tropics of Meta for making the essay presentable.