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Richard Friedman has commented on (6) products.

1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies
1913: The Year Before the Storm

Richard Friedman, November 3, 2014

This is a wonderful way to tell history. Illies dissects the year 1913 month by month with short accounts of what various important players were doing that month ... from Franz Kafka and Stefan George, to Alma Mahler, Josef Stalin, and Sigmund Freud. The stories are so interwoven and fascinating, it's hard to put it down. Some of the stories are clearly fanciful. For example, while it is reported by many of their friends, both Stalin and Hitler were in Vienna in February 1913, and both liked to take solitary walks in the park. Did they ever cross paths? Perhaps a tip of the hat as stranger approaches stranger on the path? Perhaps.

A very exciting book to read, and a great way to tell history. So, will there be a sequel? 1914? Do tell!
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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

Richard Friedman, October 29, 2014

Just finished Hilary Mantel's new collection of short stories. Disturbing. "Unsettling" is the word being used. They are, quite. Minimalist, yet beautifully written. These stories leave you slightly bent out of shape, but in awe of the tales and the story teller. Highly, highly recommended. And worth re-reading over and over again. (And I don't read much fiction, so it's really got to be good.)
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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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