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Coming Fury by Bruce Catton

Bull Mountain Reader, January 23, 2012

My favorite book of 2011 was the first in Bruce Catton’s Civil War Trilogy, The Coming Fury. Catton had legitimate academic credentials, but his strength to me as a reader is that he wrote “the story” rather than an a dry-as-dust academic tome.

Like every other history major from a liberal arts college, I ‘knew’ about the Civil War. Or so I thought. But Catton’s book opened my eyes to a lot of the details that I’d never noticed or understood. His description of the Democratic Party Convention in 1860 struck an eerie note with me in light of this current Presidential campaign, as did the following (among many details): most of what became the Confederacy seceded from the Union while Buchanan was still president; the folks in Charleston, SC, did not just wake up one morning and shell Ft. Sumter, but it followed an elaborate process heading up to that action; the remarkable differences in Lincoln’s cabinet vs. Davis’ cabinet; the cameo appearances of several people with Oregon ties, the individuals for whom Baker City, and Lane and Harney counties were named; and a detailed description of the Battle of Bull Run / First Battle of Manassas. It was 150 years ago, but it could just as easily be today, as Americans are still a dis-united people.
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The Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson
The Hidden Assassins

Bull Mountain Reader, January 3, 2012

An explosion destroys an apartment house in Seville; quickly the authorities focus their search on the members of a mosque in the basement of the building. But life is never that simple...or is it? Shadowy politicians of the populist/right clamor about the mosque suspects; are they investigating a crime or protecting themselves from having their own actions closely inspected? Is there one set of criminals at work? Or two? Or more? Who are the actual criminals, and who are their targets? As with Wilson's earlier works, the title gives us a hint, but the evidence must be viewed by Chief Inspector Javier Falcon, and he is on a very short timeline.
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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
The Troubled Man

Bull Mountain Reader, September 5, 2011

A difficult task faced by writers of a successful series is when and how to end the series. Agatha Christie died before Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot; the chief enemy of Ian Rankin's Inspector John Rebus was no longer a threat, and Rebus has faded away. Henning Mankell, in this tenth and final installment of the Kurt Wallander series, has ended the series in a very creative (and current) manner and he has given his readers several hints throughout the book. Read the story; it is as good as all the others in the series, and better than a couple of them. Read it also to see how Mankell has realistically ended the series in a way none of us can second-guess, and in a way some of us may recognize and respect.
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