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The Pity of War : Explaining World War I (1998) - Niall Ferguson  (Grade:A+)
What it Takes : The Way to the White House (1992) - Richard Ben Cramer  (Grade:A+)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


Der Golem [The Golem] (1920) - Carl Boese  (Grade:A+)
Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (1937) - Jean Renoir  (Grade:A+)

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Compass marker 11/19/18:


James A. Garfield (1831-81) was born in Orange, OH on November 19, 1831.


Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (1926- ) was born in Duncan, OK on November 19, 1926. Read Orrin's review of the once again timely Dictatorships and Double Standards : Rationalism and Reason in Politics (1982)


President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 at the dedication ceremony for the national cemetery that had been built to hold some of the 45,000 casualties from that battle. Read about the battle in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Killer Angels (1974)(Michael Shaara) (Grade: A+) or about the address in the Pulitzer Prize winner Lincoln at Gettysburg : The Words That Remade America (1992)(Garry Wills)


Margaret Atwood (1939-) was born in Ottawa, Canada on November 18, 1939. Read Orrin's review of The Handmaid's Tale (1986)(Grade: C+)


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) was born in London, ENG on November 18, 1836. Brothers Judd recommends the recent biopic Topsy Turvy (1999).


Jose Saramago, author of The Stone Raft (1986), was born November 16, 1922


Chinua Achebe (1930-) was born in Ogidi, Nigeria on November 16, 1930. Read Orrin's reviews of Things Fall Apart (1958) (Grade: A+) and No Longer at Ease (1960) (Grade: A)


William E. [Edmund] Barrett (1900-86) was born in New York, NY on November 16, 1900.Read Orrin's review of The Lillies of the Field (1962)


J. G. [James Graham] Ballard (1930-) was born in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. Read Orrin's review of Empire of the Sun (1984)


Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was born in Kirkwood, MO on November 15, 1887. In 1952 she won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her Collected Poems. She was famously a big baseball fan and particularly loved Christy Mathewson.


Claude Monet (1840-1926) was born in Paris, FR on November 14, 1840.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-) was born in Toledo, OH on November 14, 1947. Read Orrin's review of Parliament of Whores : A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (1991) (Grade: A)


George V. Higgins (1939-99) was born in Brockton, MA on November 13, 1939. Read Orrin's review of The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1971)(Grade: A)


C. Vann Woodward (1908-) was born in Vanndale, AR on November 13, 1908. Read Orrin's review of The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1955)(Grade: B)(#70 on the Modern Library Top 100 Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century)


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. Read Orrin's review of Treasure Island (1881)


Tracy Kidder (1945-) was born in New York, NY on November 12, 1945. Read Orrin's review of House (1985) (Grade: B)


Roy Jenkins (1920-2003) was born in Abersychan, Wales on November 11, 1920. Read Orrin's review of Churchill: A Biography (2001)


Carlos Fuentes (1928-) was born in Mexico City, MX on November 11, 1928. Read Orrin's review of The Old Gringo (1985)(Grade: C+)


Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., (1922-) was born in Indianapolis, IN on November 11, 1922. Read Orrin's review of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)(Grade: C)


Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born on November 11, 1821. Read Orrin's review of Crime and Punishment (1866) (Grade: C)




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