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December 15, 2019

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Ian Joyce

I saw Astra Taylor introduce her film What is Democracy? at Greensboro Bound Literary Festival last May, and am curious if her book is similar in its approach to the subject. The documentary is impressionistic, and there isn't a central thesis of democracy other than we seem to know it when we see it.

I'm slowly making my way through A Savage War of Peace. I keep returning to earlier sections to reread.

Murray Browne

I first heard about Astra Taylor when she was interviewed in Sun Magazine's November issue. I am about 2/3 of the way thru Democracy May Not Exist. It is a little bit all over the place, but chunks are insightful and thought-provoking. Savage War is DENSE so I get the rereading part. I really like Horne and was most impressed the decades of work he put into writing and updating the book. I liked his books about Verdun and key globe-shaping battles of the 20th Centuries including the Battle of Moscow, which featured as much Russia-German carnage at Stalingrad. Good hearing from you, traveler.

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Books Read in 2020

  • Elizabeth Hardwick: Sleepless Nights (1979)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin (1953)
  • Toni Morrison: Beloved (1987)
  • Charles Bukowski: Post Office: A Novel (1971)
  • Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017)
  • Victor David Hanson: Ripples of Battle (2003)
  • Brian Dillon: Essayism: On Form, Feeling and Nonfiction (2017)
  • W.G. Sebald: The Emigrants (1992)
  • Carll Tucker: The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Finding America, Finding Myself (2008)
  • E.F. Schumacher: Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (1973)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen : Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016)
  • Graham Greene: The Ministry of Fear (1943)
  • Zadie Smith: Grand Union: Stories (2020)
  • Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
  • Steven Weisenberger: The Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Context for Pynchon's Novel (1983)
  • Paul Chaat Smith: Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong (2010)
  • Graham Greene: The Third Man (1949) novella
  • Mark Harris: Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)
  • Susan Levenstein, MD: Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome (2019)
  • Sam Stephenson: Gene Smith's Sink: A Wide-Angle View (2017)
  • Andrew Roberts: Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (2008)
  • Lawrence Ritter: The Glory of Their Times (1966)
  • Albert Camus: The Plague (1948)
  • Sam Lipsyte: The Ask: A Novel (2010)
  • Mark Greif: Against Everything: Essays (2016)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Refugees (2017)
  • Leah Penniman: Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to the Liberation of the Land (2018)
  • Norman Macht: Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (2007)
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