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One Response to "Erik Larson: The Powells.com Interview"
May 9, 2015 at 09:51 AM
Thanks for the great interview. One point I'd like to raise is that it seems we look back on past generations as being more naive than our own. I think that's a mistake. Mr. Larson was a young teenager when men went to the moon. He describes the nation as being behind it, but not everyone was. I'm just a few years older than he, but there were plenty of less public voices wanting to see money put toward social programs and so on. It also seems each generation believes in its own great ideas--the hubris he mentions. The authorities "believed" in the efficacy of the war in the Middle East just as the men a century ago believed in the unsinkableness of the Lusitania.
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