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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

Dee Churchill, February 25, 2007

This is what history textbooks should be like in school. Not only does Sides scrupulously present the facts in an even-handed way that shows real people in all their complexity, he has the talent to make those facts fascinating to read. Learning should always be so painless and enjoyable. He has managed to present an overview of an important part of our national history that shows how events braided together in ways we perhaps did not previously recognize. At the same time, he has fleshed out the pattern with realistic portraits of the people who made the events happen. Most importantly, Sides has illustrated how difficult it is to truly understand the differences in cultures and how tragically we impact each other when we fail. Not only worth a read, it's worth a re-read.
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