I wasn’t terribly impressed by The Kite Runner. I understand why it got the accolades it did, but the writing didn’t do much for me, kind of like a mediocre movie being made worse by lackluster acting. The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, in comparison, is simply stunning in its ability to focus on the biggest tragedy of war: the everyday people caught in between.
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I can’t help but imagine Teddy Roosevelt as a beloved character in period dramas rather than an actual person, much less a president who heavily influenced the relationship between the Oval Office and the media. William Taft, too, in my mind is mostly just a caricature of a mustachioed walrus, rather than a man who pursued Progressivism just as staunchly as Roosevelt and served best in his short time as Chief Justice.
In an era where we can follow real-time updates of our Commander in Chief via Twitter, Doris Kearns Goodwin offers up this glimpse into the interconnected lives of our former 26th and 27th President of the United States in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.
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The US’s invasion of Iraq is a complicated issue. The military’s infrastructure and organization is similarly fraught with polarizing opinions and I am staunchly against arguing about either of them on the internet. I don’t feel comfortable making judgements about it when I lack a certain amount of information and perspective. But In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat in Iraq by Rick Atkinson is the first tentative step to understanding what went down from the perspective of those who had boots on the ground, while still being told by someone who shares a civilian perspective.
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In the digital age, it’s hard to imagine what our ancestors did without having Facebook or Twitter as a news source, and while journalism on the whole is changing, historian Michael Carlebach allows his readers to travel back in time to a simpler era.
Bain’s New York: The City in News Pictures 1900-1925 (New York City) is a collection of 83 of the most compelling pictures from the Bain News Service that offers startling new insight into the lives of early twentieth century New Yorkers. Although some of the pictures show glimpses of a lifestyle that seems foreign to our digital-obsessed selves, some things never change—especially our passion for celebrity portraits.
Whether it’s breaking news stories surrounding politics to our unchanging devotion for celebrity news and gossip, each photograph still retains its urgency as a headline, and it’s a wonderful way to learn more about journalism in that time period. From mundane events to the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that occurred in 1911, Carlebach painstakingly describes each photographic and historic event down to the detail. To see some of these retro photos of old New York, browse the gallery above.
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