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Chuck Berry HAIL HAIL ROCK N ROLL (“School Days”) 1957

by Ethan Russell

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Theodore Roszak MAKING OF A COUNTER CULTURE 1969

by Ethan Russell

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Photo: Robert Altman Even before our world view guides us to discriminate between good and evil, it disposes us to discriminate between real and unreal, true and false, meaningful and meaningless. Before we act in the world, we must conceive of a world; it must be there before us, a sensible pattern to which we […]

David McCullough JOHN ADAMS

by Ethan Russell

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David McCullough’s JOHN ADAMS was the book that got me started on AMERICAN STORY. “Of course, before you can care about any history you have to connect with it, and for most of my life I wasn’t connected at all. American history felt as lifeless as the faces on Mount Rushmore. The American Revolution? A […]

William Manchester GOODBYE DARKNESS 1944

by Ethan Russell

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“In the spring of 1942, when Corregidor fell, and I joined the Marines, a glance at a global map would have convinced an impartial observer, were there any left, that our side was losing the war. Indeed, one could have argued persuasively that the Allies had already lost it,” writes William Manchester in his extraordinary […]

ROSANNE CASH – COMPOSED 2010

by Ethan Russell

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Rosanne Cash is on a roll. Her new autobiography Composed reached #16 on the New York Times best-sellers list (non-fiction), and #6 on the Los Angeles Times. On September 10 her latest CD The List won Best Album at the Americana Music Awards. I have known Rosanne Cash since the late 1980s when I met […]

Neil Postman AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH 1985

by Ethan Russell

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Few books I have read on the effects of technology on culture have stood the test of time as well as Amusing Ourselves to Death. “It may be true, as Charles Beard wrote, that the primary motivation of the writers of the United States Constitution was the protection of their economic interests. But it is also […]