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Perry Krasow
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There are exceptional periods of cultural and intellectual growth in history: Florence during the Renaissance, Paris during the Enlightenment, Vienna before World War I. This book is about the writers of the "Young Vienna" movement during that last period. They congregated in the coffee houses which, given the stifling, intellectually fossilized and prejudiced nature of the Universities, were the central meeting places of the intelligentsia. This book presents a series of short biographies, followed by writing samples. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-vienna-coffeehouse-wits-by-harold-b.html

#vienna #culture #history #austria
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The End of White Christian America is a gift to atheists; even though it was not intended that way. It was supposed to be preparation by and for Christians. But its facts and statistics, all sourced from some fairly non-partisan institutions (i.e. the US Census Bureau), have produced optimistic conclusions for us. If you are seeking evidence for a bright future, check-out the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-end-of-white-christian-america.html

#religion #atheism #christianity #book

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West Side Story as Cinema reveals the creative collaboration that produced a landmark film. It also explores the cultural tensions both within the script and between creators & actors, specifically in regard to racism and gay sensibility. The movie stands as an iconoclastic breakthrough performance, as well as a laboratory exposing social issues. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/west-side-story-as-cinema-author.html

#film #creativity #socialissues #book

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A book for those who wish to learn about the success of the LGBTQ rights movement from the perspective of the activists that made it happen. The Right Side of History carries the reader through a century of struggle. It depicts the people who asserted personal dignity and created social change in America. Have a look.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-right-side-of-history-100-years-of.html

#LGBTQ #history #rights #usa

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The European conference entitled "The Boxers, China and the World, was meant to update Europe's historical record on the Boxer rebellion. They accomplished much of that goal. However, the conference and papers contain their own racism. It is a historical discussion that is not yet finished. Have a look.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-boxers-china-and-world-editors.html

#china #history #politics #book

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A conservative Republican who deserves LIBERAL praise. Peter Wehner was an adviser to Presidents Reagan, George Bush Sr and George Bush Jr. He insightfully commented on Donald Trump's "effort to annihilate truth.” On PBS, he examined how Trump was "hurting democracy" and "deepening polarization" in ways that prevent us from working as a cohesive nation. His words are worth reading. It's heartening to know that there is a modicum of sanity on the other side of the aisle. Have a look.

http://progressivepolitics1.blogspot.com/2018/07/conservative-republican-publicly.html

#liberal #conservative #donaldtrump #usa

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Vox: “Robert Mueller’s investigators just keep questioning Roger Stone’s associates.”

CNBC: “Andrew Miller has been held in contempt for defying an order to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Miller is a former aide to political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Roger Stone.”

CNN: “Muller subpoenas Randy Credico, who Roger Stone says was his WikiLeaks back channel.”

https://thisweekinthetrumprussiainvestigation.blogspot.com/2018/08/trump-russia-news-8-12-18.html

#robertmueller #rogerstone #news #politics

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Hannah Arendt witnessed the annihilation of her people by the Nazis. But instead of hatred and support for retribution, she attempted to understand those who committed atrocities. Her Eichmann in Jerusalem maintained that the Nazis were not abnormal, insane killers. Quite the contrary, the architects of "the final solution" were dispassionate bureaucrats who acted within the norms and values of their society. Have a look.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/eichmann-in-jerusalem-report-on.html

#holocaust #genocide #judaism #politics
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An optimistic book for atheists, minorities and liberals (even though that was not the author's intention). If you are seeking hopeful evidence for a bright future, have a look at this review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-end-of-white-christian-america.html

#book #atheism #civilrights #liberal #religion

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West Side Story as Cinema takes the reader inside the world of writers, composers, choreographers, directors and actors whose creative collaboration produced a landmark play-to-film. It explores the cultural tensions both within the script and between creators & actors, specifically in regard to racism and gay sensibility. The movie stands as an iconoclastic breakthrough performance, as well as a laboratory exposing social issues. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/west-side-story-as-cinema-author.html

#writers #creativity #film #play
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