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The Devil and Sonny Listonby Nick Tosches
I just finished rereading We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families because after reading Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning I thought that the atrocities committed in Rwanda might make more sense to me. There are eerie similarities between a group of middle-aged Nazi inductees and the masses of machete wielding Hutus who committed atrocities in the name of Hutu Power. In a sense both books are simultaneously hopeful and grim. Both prove Hannah Arendt's notion of the banality of evil or my friend Andrew's favorite saying "everyday is your birthday when you're stupid." Not to be flip, but if you think it can't happen here, visit Cumming, Georgia and tell me how many African Americans you see. Ignorance ain't bliss if you're in the minority.
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This stunning portrait of the most potent symbol of menace in 20th-century America portrays boxer Sonny Liston as "an unfortunate victim of people much worse than he (who)emerges with a kind of mute dignity" ("Publishers Weekly"). 8-page photo insert.
"It is a fantastic book about a life that started in darkness and just continued to go deeper into the darkness until the only light was death. Nick Tosches is an extraordinary writer it is the vastness of Nick Tosches's heart that makes it possible to reveal the darkness of Liston's life without sentimentality. As with any great biography, after reading this one the reader can't help but look at himself and wonder and be grateful." Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn
A stunning portrait of the most potent symbol of menace in 20th century America--the boxer Sonny Liston--by a preeminent biographer and cultural historian. 8-page photo insert.
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