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INCOME INEQUALITY

by Ethan Russell

But what I see (early 2012) concerns me tremendously: Supreme Court decisions that have given corporations expanded protections while police pepper-spray people gathered in nonviolent assembly; income inequality of Third World proportions, endemic white collar crime, an inexorable slide in our global educational rank, and some in our population who cheer when the question is, […]

WILLIAM MANCHESTER “THE LAST LION” — WINSTON CHURCHILL BIOGRAPHIES

by Ethan Russell

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In AMERICAN STORY I credit David McCullough’s book John Adams with triggering my exploration into history (and about American history, this was true), but some years before that I picked up William Manchester’s book on Winston Churchill’s life: “The Last Lion.” By the time I finished reading the introduction (quoted below) I was hooked and […]

STANLEY BOOTH, AUTHOR 1968 and 2002

by Ethan Russell

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Stanley, in my opinion, wrote a book bigger than his subject. It is a book — The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones  (Apple/Amazon/B&N) — that I have read many times and never does it fail to impress.  It is a monumental effort but not– and this irritates some–simple.  So be it. Great requires a […]

WINSTON CHURCHILL BIOGRAPHIES

by Ethan Russell

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In AMERICAN STORY I credit David McCullough’s book John Adams with triggering my exploration into history (and about American history, this was true), but some years before that I picked up William Manchester’s book on Winston Churchill’s life: “The Last Lion.” By the time I finished reading the introduction (quoted below) I was hooked and […]

URBAN OUTLAWS – JONATHAN TAPLIN 2011

by Ethan Russell

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I ran across Jonathan Taplin’s iBook OUTLAW BLUES as I was completing AMERICAN STORY. I found it immediately engaging because — in a way similar to AMERICAN STORY — it intermixed social history with the effects of the arts, although URBAN OUTLAWS often went to different areas with different focus, in part because of Jonathan’s […]

ALDOUS HUXLEY “BRAVE NEW WORLD”

by Ethan Russell

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This video is a link from You Tube. All copyrights remain with the original copyright holders. In AMERICAN STORY a great deal of appreciation and attention is paid the work of Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death and in it he writes about two visions of the future: George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s […]

The Beatles – LET IT BE 1969

by Ethan Russell

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The album “Let It Be” available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEogJacjLTE&feature=youtube_gdata_player This video is a link from You Tube. All copyrights remain with the original copyright holders. “But how could anyone have imagined it?  You couldn’t have planned it, willed it, or schemed it. Even to have dreamed it would have been border-line absurd.  I was a boy […]

LIBRARY: AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH 1985

by Ethan Russell

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As I write in some length in AMERICAN STORY, Neil Postman’s book AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH affected me profoundly and still does. That the book has been translated into eight languages and sold over two hundred thousand copies (Wikipedia) takes it out of the realm of the obscure but, for me, its importance (It’s embedded […]

KEN GORMLEY “DEATH OF AMERICAN VIRTUE” 2010

by Ethan Russell

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THE EAGLES “THE LAST RESORT” 1970

by Ethan Russell

The importance of this ability for an album to deliver a crafted, dramatic experience cannot be overemphasized. Music was the platform, the glue that held my generation together, that spoke to us, inspired us. Even when the promise within the music, whatever it really was, seemed to fall apart, and some distanced themselves and others […]