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Suggested summer reading from The Daily Beast:
Capital: A Novel – John Lanchester – Trollopian, Dickensian, Balzacian—all should spring to mind when you pick up John Lanchester’s hefty new novel about near present-day London. Set on a typical (and dear reader, atypical in having a writer as gifted as Lanchester tell its story) London street (Pepys Road) he weaves a rich story about the financial collapse and it’s impact on financier and graffiti artist alike. We’re all connected by capital.
The Age of Miracles: A Novel – Karen Thompson Walker
The Long Road to Antietam – Richard Slotkin – To understand the sheer tragedy of the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, imagine the impossible: that the “military genius” Gen. George McClellan was not one of the greatest procrastinators of all time; that he was not insubordinate to President Lincoln; that he did not fantasize about a coup that would install himself as dictator; that he did not hesitate to take Richmond from Robert E. Lee. Suppose the nation had not flounder deeper and deeper into the bitter hatred of war. The immense wastefulness of McClellan’s conflict with Lincoln culminates in Antietam, where casualties numbered 23,000.
The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran – David Crist – A senior historian for the federal government with unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several U.S. administrations, Crist has spent more than ten years researching and writing The Twilight War, and he breaks new ground on virtually every page. Crist describes the series of secret negotiations between Iran and the United States after 9/11, culminating in Iran’s proposal for a grand bargain for peace-which the Bush administration turned down. He documents the clandestine counterattack Iran launched after America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, in which thousands of soldiers disguised as reporters, tourists, pilgrims, and aid workers toiled to change the government in Baghdad and undercut American attempts to pacify the Iraqi insurgency. And he reveals in vivid detail for the first time a number of important stories of military and intelligence operations by both sides, both successes and failures, and their typically unexpected consequences.
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