Review: Made in America by Bill Bryson

“Eenie, meenie, minie, mo” is based on a counting system that predates the Roman occupation of Britain, that may even be pre-Celtic.”
~Bill Bryson, Made in America

Plot summary

“Readers from Toad Suck, Arkansas, to Idiotsville, Oregon – and everywhere in between – will love Made in America, Bill Bryson’s Informal History of the English Language in the United States.

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Review: A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

“Death is a pleasure. The big D is the world’s most powerful narcotic, the ultimate anaesthetic.”
~Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War

Plot summary

“In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home — physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone.

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Review: Imperium by Ryszard Kapuściński

“I thought about the terrible uselessness of suffering. Love leaves behind its creation-the next generation coming into the world; the continuation of humanity. But suffering? Such a great part of human experience, the most difficult and painful, passes leaving no trace. If one were to collect the energy of suffering emitted by the millions of people here [Magadan, Russia] and transform it into the power of creation, one could turn our planet into a flowering garden. But what would remain?”
~Ryszard Kapuściński, Imperium

Plot summary

“Now, in Imperium, Kapuściński gives us a work of equal emotional force and evocative power: a personal, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire in our time.

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