left out a word, should have said ribs are very meaty and not too fatty
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In Tucson, for some Summer reads are like winter reads in New England. If you are one of those, two hard and heavy reads are Chernow's Washington and Hamiliton. These books tell the story of the founding of our country with a depth of understanding that converts the myths we have learned into the reality of brilliant people trying to find a way in tumultuous time and with values that are not those of our time. The word democracy is anathema and there is no feeling of inevitability that we attribute to the events. As Washington rides to Boston to assume leadership of the Contential Army, he is sure he has signed his death warrant.
Chernow captures and helps us understand what was accomplished by the flawed, like all people, but driven main characters of these times. Men who would never have been great under English rule but who's talent lets them rise to fit the needs of the time. The first successful session of a colony from a European power, a revolution that is unique because after the revolution the leaders do not kill each other as happens in France, Russia, and China. An event that will lead to session of all lands in the the Americas except Canada and much of Africa.
Not easy or light reads, but life events that will change how you see the world.
If you are a mystery fan, CJ Sansom's Shardalake series are mysteries set in the time on the English Reformation. The characters are compelling and Sansom has done his historical homework. He understands not just the history but also the politics of the time. The main character is a lawyer caught in the politics but far enough away to be a keen observer. These books are addictive so be warned. So much better the the highly praised Wolf Hall. Here the Wiki link:
If you haven't read it yet, Cartel by Don Winslow is a powerful and moving read. Here's the NYT review:
NYTimes: Review: ‘The Cartel,’ by Don Winslow, Continues a Drug Saga
How about Bad Country by CB MacKensie, winner of Hillerman Award and Edgar finalist set in Tucson. I think you'll like:
Bad Country https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/206135…
Also got a good review from Kirkus.
I'm beginning to think the reason gun owners are so concerned about having their guns taken away is because they believe that is the only way to fix the gun violence problem. Most of that kind of rhetoric is certainly coming from gun owners.
very meaty ribs with good flavor and too much fat.
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