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Just started De Valera in America: The Rebel President and the Making of Irish Independence by Dave Hannigan

Rattling good yarn about Dev in the Land of the Free and how he played it for all it was worth for Ireland's Cause
 

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Masters of the planet: the search for our human origins by Ian Tattersall is an excellent read.


Fifty thousand years ago - merely a blip in evolutionary time - our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years. Yet something about our species distinguished it from the pack, and ultimately led to its survival while the rest became extinct. Just what was it that allowed Homo sapiens to become masters of the planet? Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us deep into the fossil record to uncover what made humans so special. Surveying a vast field from initial bipedality to language and intelligence, Tattersall argues that Homo sapiens acquired a winning combination of traits that was not the result of long-term evolutionary refinement. Instead, the final result emerged quickly, shocking our world and changing it forever.
 
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Schloß Rodriganda - Karl May

You ever read him, Tadhg? Not exactly high-brow literature, but I heard he used to be read all the time by boys in Germany, so I thought I would give it a go, and I have some mystic attraction to castles.
 

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Schloß Rodriganda - Karl May

You ever read him, Tadhg? Not exactly high-brow literature, but I heard he used to be read all the time by boys in Germany, so I thought I would give it a go, and I have some mystic attraction to castles.
Not that particular work, but I've read his Western stuff, which is pretty good, considering he hadn't set foot in the States when he wrote them.

I believe he's singularly responsible for the immense amount of German interest in the Wild West.
 

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Written by a former FDR/New Deal fan after he had his epiphany. It lists in gory detail the outright duplicity that was used to maneuver America into the war and once we were in the thick of it, the steps FDR took to cow the media and smear political opponents. All in all, a fascinating read.

I am really interested in the New Deal as a landmark occasion in American history. Meanwhile, I plan on reading this...

 

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I've always loved Liam O'Flaherty since I was young but always wondered about the translation. Did it do justice, I don't think so myself? Any of his btw.

Chas si go tobann, gur lig geim is gur chraith a ceann.
Thug si rith te reatha, a cosa ag snapadh. Sheas si aris. Ni fhaca si rud ar
bith lei sa bpairc. Ansin rith si thart fan chlai, ag cur a cinn thairis anseo is
ansiud agus ag geimneach go fianta a gus go craite. Nior freagradh . i. An
macalla fein nior thainig ar ais chuici. Chuaigh si chun fiantais, do reir mar
thiinig tuiscint di go raibh a lao ar iarraidh. Bhi a suile ag eiri ruaimneach
agus iad ar n6s sui tairbh. Thosnaigh si ag smuracht na talun agus fuirse siuil
fuithi, a treascairt sna tomacha feir....

The calf was still-born. It came from the womb tail first. When its red,
unwieldy body dropped on the green-sward it was dead. It lay with its
head doubled about its neck in a clammy mass. The men stood about it and
shook their heads in silence. The wife of the peasant who owned the cow
sighed and said, 'It is God's will.' The cow moaned, mad with the pain of
birth. Then she wheeled around cumbersomely, her hoofs driving into the
soft earth beneath the weight of her body. She stooped over the calf and
moaned, again smelling it. Then she licked the still body with her coarse
tongue lovingly. The woman rubbed the cow's matted forehead, and there
was a tear in her eye; for she too was a mother.
 

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It's really funny how obvious the 'SJW' parts of Moody's biography of Pound are. He just occasionally throws them in, but you know when they are there, because it's amidst endless lucidity. His biography (which is quite long) is shaping up to be, more than just what is merely stated on the cover, a lucid account of Axis history.
 
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