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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall

Richard Friedman, January 30, 2013

Best historical fiction I've ever read.
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Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918
Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918

Richard Friedman, April 18, 2012

Alex Ross writes about Kessler and these early diaries in the April 23rd issue of the New Yorker. Excellent article. Now I need the book!
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The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America
The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America

Richard Friedman, September 2, 2007

This is a spectacular book that asks what happened to the great American ideals that this country was founded on, and shows how they have been undermined by closed, secret "cabals" that act as a government within the government, defying the fundamentals of democracy. A MUST READ!
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Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years with Cage and Cunningham by Carolyn Brown
Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years with Cage and Cunningham

Richard Friedman, June 22, 2007

The wonderful thing about this book is that it gives a very close-up view of the Cage/Cunningham world, especially in the early years of the Cunningham Dance Company. It also presents the two major figures, John Cage and Merce Cunningham, in a critical light. We see them both as the towering creative forces that the outer world knows, as well as the difficult, moody, and complicated people they really are, or were.

The book is exhausting in the way it reveals Brown's life as a dancer, and the tensions and struggles of the Company. Perhaps it could be a few pages shorter, but the insight into the world of modern dance in general, and the NY avant-garde in the 1950's and 60's in particular is fascinating and valuable.

It's also a good example of why people keep detailed journals.
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