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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Charlie Branch, June 17, 2012

Well written book, but about an exercise of stupidity in World War II, as a USAF veteran put it. There was no reason for this to have happened as the pilot who was familiar with the area this tour was to have flown through was not available, and any pilot that had attempted to fly above the mountains to cross New Guinea in less than perfect weather had been either lost to posterity or advised against it. Recreational flight in a combat zone? Not knowing your location or reporting your plan for a joyride? Diverting resources from those in combat?

The author wrote this well, but this event should not have gotten off the ground to start with.

I am a AF brat, former Alaska USFS/Fish & Game fisheries hand of the boonies, and one to avoid the unnecessary risk. Our crews got home.
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At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor by Gordon W Prange
At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

Charlie Branch, June 16, 2012

The source material for the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora", Gordon Prange knew Japanese and had access to resource materials from both Japan and US sources to draft the best reference on the Pearl Harbor attack. The first aircraft to encounter the Japanese air fleet over Hawaii were Aeroncas and Cubs flown by students and recreational pilots.
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Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner by Lily Raff McCaulou
Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

Charlie Branch, June 16, 2012

Always a pleasure to read about someone learning to make the direct connection with their food. The ethics of doing so are addressed in the Bible, and many other books. We started as hunters and gatherers, before domesticating animals and plants to become an agricultural society, further evolving as specialists, developing the disconnection between the many and the fewer farmers and ranchers supplying our foodstuffs. That disconnection further deepens with the development and power of the near-monopoly corporations (Tyson, ADM, Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, to name a few) taking over and industrializing agriculture, losing touch and concern for the land and its inhabitants.
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God Knows by Joseph Heller
God Knows

Charlie Branch, June 16, 2012

Read not once, but twice, and returned to excerpts after that! This would be the autobiography of David, reporting on his life and the people in it, later questioning the course of his life. "Maybe I shouldn't have slung a stone at Goliath, and just gone home after hauling supplies to my brothers..." It helps when reading the Bible to know this, that these were people, with the same foibles we have today. It wasn't just David; Moses, Jonah, and others also asked "Why me?" (I am reminded of Bill Cosby's "Noah... How long can you tread water?"
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Adventuring Through the Bible
Adventuring Through the Bible

Charlie Branch, June 16, 2012

This book is extremely helpful in conjunction with one's reading of the Bible, as it provides what amounts to an aerial or overhead view of the entire Bible, from the Old Testament providing the basis for the appearance of "God made flesh" as prophesied in the books of Moses and the New Testament that followed. Ray Stedman helped me through what might appear to be repetitive and long-winded writings in the Bible with observations (and links to other sections that affirm the importance of those verses)of the relationship to the whole message. Adventuring Through the Bible is organized to progress through the Bible by sections, essentially with a chapter for each book of the Bible outlining the subjects covered.
Years ago, I easily bogged down in the enumeration of names and lifespans of the various families. This conjunctive reading gave me the understanding to proceed through it, to finding the rewarding stories inside.
The author's biography is interesting, too. "Body Life" is another good book, as I begin membership in a downtown church that is beginning to grow again!
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