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KristiAhlers
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Pickpick

As part of my #balletreads challenge I picked this one. Very in-depth analysis of the history of ballet. Things addressed varied from the history of Danish and Italian as well as Russian and British and America ballet companies to introductions of some of the most influential dancers. Well worth the read if you‘re a lover of ballet or just being introduced for the first time. #ballet #springread

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breadnroses
A Distant Mirror | Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Mehso-so

DONE. This bad boy took me a whole month to finish. Tuchman‘s research is meticulous; I‘m sure sifting through all those primary documents made her head spin, because that‘s how I often felt reading this book! While I learned a LOT about Medieval Europe, it was unnecessarily long and at times repetitive. I mean, most books probably don‘t need to be 600 pages long… 😅 But overall, I enjoyed it. 🌟3.5/5🌟

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Kaag
Strategy | B.H. Liddell Hart
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The H-bomb is more handicap than help to the policy of
"containment." To the extent that it reduces the likelihood
of all-out war, it increases the possibilities of "limited war"
pursued by indirect and widespread local aggression.

Kaag This quote by Hart many decades ago seems quite relatable to the conflict in Ukraine today. In Three Guineas Virginia Woolf writes a letter in answer to how to avoid war. Blainey‘s book talks about the causes of war. Quite a confluence with the books I‘m reading today. 9h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Pickpick

It‘s difficult to capture the gravity of these essays in a review, especially a short one. Suffice it to say, this book is a must read for everyone. Plow through it or take it small bites. Whatever works. Just do it.

And many thanks to @4thhouseontheleft and @staci.reads for their ongoing discussion topics here. I didn‘t always stay on target, but it helped to see others on the path with me. 💙

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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Maria514626
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Quote from Peter Szigeti, a high-ranking, pampered member of the Hungarian communist party on his disillusionment. (After admitting to himself that Hungary was really ruled by the #Russians.)

He helps lead the revolution.

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Maria514626
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I‘m flitting about with my reading today. Just started this book—how the #Russians crushed Hungarian uprising in 1956. Yowza.

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Yahui07
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Pickpick

Good book and learned a lot although not sure how much I could remember😅😅

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Sophronisba
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How Edward IV proved his worthiness as king. So many questions: what is an “exemplary beheading“? How did they get to the beheading stage if the unfortunate grocer wasn't tried for anything? Was Walter Walker just grabbed off the streets or did he make the wrong person mad or what? Isn't executing someone when you weren't sure he'd been tried for anything the opposite of how a king should behave?

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mandarchy
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My dad urged me to read this. It's not my genre, but I enjoyed it and now I'm done. Reading had been a little hard lately. For several months I thought my job might get cut, in half or completely. I found out this week that I'm fine, but my teammate will get cut. So I'm grateful to continue in my work, but I have a bad case of survivor's remorse. #fundlibraries
#supportpublicschools

EvieBee Hugs going out to you. That is a very stressful situation. 1d
mandarchy @EvieBee thanks. It's really crazy. The superintendent just resigned. I feel like a rat on the titanic. 1d
EvieBee @mandarchy I helped a friend through that right when the pandemic hit. It was crazy! She ended up resigning as assistant principle at an elementary school because it got too political. But hang in there! 🤗❤️ (edited) 1d
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Chrissyreadit ❤️ 24h
TheLudicReader I keep waiting for things to calm the hell down. 😭 22h
Tamra 😒 hang in there! 22h
RaeLovesToRead Sounds really stressful ☹ Sorry about you teammate. Hope things settle down soon 💕 21h
RebL Feel your feels. That‘s okay. Then remember that your coworker doesn‘t want you to feel bad. 18h
mandarchy Thanks @RaeLovesToRead & @Tamra & @TheLudicReader & @Chrissyreadit & @RebL I am processing a lot of emotions about this. I think once my co-worker chooses something to look forward to, this will get easier. I'm hoping we hire a superintendent that can provide us with some healing. It's been a rough few years here, before the pandemic we were on strike. There's been some mismanagement of funds and a lot of frustration. 17h
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Sophronisba
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The author just referred to the fifteenth-century Duke of Clarence as a “simmering stew of self-entitlement and personal inadequacy“ and I have to make a note of this because I feel like it will come in handy when discussing modern American politics.