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History MattersAugust 1 to August 15, 2020

By August 1782, the American Revolution was over, John Adams was in Paris toiling over a peace agreement, and George Washington was taking a respite from his duties as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. After contemplating the six years of valor, bravery, and privations he had gotten from his troops, the General decided to create the Badge of Military Merit. According to the Military…

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Book of the Week: HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE by Erica Jong

Isadora Wing’s sexual adventures continue; the sequel to Fear of Flying.

Book of the Week: HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE by Erica Jong

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Book of the Week: SCOUNDREL TIME by Lillian Hellman

In 1952, congress accused the playwright of having ties to the Communist party. Forced to testify, she refused to incriminate herself or others, and was blacklisted; volume 3 of her memoirs.

 

Book of the Week: SCOUNDREL TIME by Lillian Hellman

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Book of the Week: CLASS REUNION by Rona Jaffe

A group of girls forms friendships at Radcliffe in the 1950s.

 

 

Book of the Week: CLASS REUNION by Rona Jaffe

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Book of the Week: JAY’S JOURNAL by Anonymous and Beatrice Sparks

A popular high school student slides into drug abuse and occult worship.

Book of the Week: JAY’S JOURNAL by Anonymous and Beatrice Sparks

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History MattersJuly 16 to July 31, 2020

8220;We have lift off!” Destination: The Moon. With astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins aboard, Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Seventy-six hours and 240,000 miles later, they entered lunar orbit and started preparations for Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. The following day, Armstrong piloted the landing…

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Book of the Week: A POCKETFUL OF RYE by Agatha Christie

The wealthy Rex Fortescue suddenly falls dead at a tea, and Miss Marple investigates.

Book of the Week: A POCKETFUL OF RYE by Agatha Christie

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A Patriotic Pick: July 2020“The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography” by Henry Adams

 

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Grateful American Book Prize judge John Danielson, founder of Chartwell Education Group and former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education

The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography by Henry Adams. In this sardonic chronicle, Adams — the great-grandson of John Adams and grandson of John Quincy Adams — offers a unique insider’s account of the people and events that helped shape 19th-century America.

Patriotic Picks is a monthly feature in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

A Patriotic Pick: July 2020“The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography” by Henry Adams

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A Patriotic Pick: July 2020“The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography” by Henry Adams

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Grateful American Book Prize judge John Danielson, founder of Chartwell Education Group and former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography by Henry Adams. In this sardonic chronicle, Adams — the great-grandson of John Adams…

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Movie of the Month: The Chosen

Two boys, each from different branches of Judaism, become friends. Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger star in the film based on Chaim Potok’s novel.