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Breaking History


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/23/408974/tennessee-tea-party-demands-that-references-to-slavery-be-removed-from-history-textbooks/?mobile=nc
This is absurd, absolutely and unquestionably wrong. The Tea Party is apparently trying to get any references to slavery removed from history textbooks in Tennessee. I know slavery was a horrible practice, but I’m proud we were able to abolish it. I just don’t understand trying to force us to delete anything in history that might make us look bad.
If we remove slavery, let’s also claim that African-Americans and women always had the same rights as white men. We can say whatever we want, we’ll be the real life version of this comic strip from
www.smbc-comics.com

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in News

 

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Conspiracy and Churchill: a Review


I have a lot to thank the BBC for it has led me to a lot of fine television. A few months ago it introduced me to my new favorite show The House Of Cards, a political satire/thriller featuring the most cutthroat of politicians the fictional Francis Urquhart. The show was a based off of a set of novels by Michael Dobbs. Michael was at one point an adviser for Margret Thatcher and after a particularly harsh day he sat down to write and blow off steam which all centered around a message from his main character’s initials F.U. Unfortunately I have not been able to get my hands on The House of Cards novels. I did research the author further and found another book of his Winston’s War.

This book is filled to the brim with conspiracy, treachery, cigars and brandy. You are really brought into the trials of Churchill as he stormed his way through the system and was thrown into political exile for his steadfast belief that Britain had to go to war with Hitler. By no means is this a light read, it is as thick as the man himself and equally as fascinating. If you enjoy politics, conspiracy, the witticisms of Churchill or studying history, you need to read this book.

Michael Dobbs also starts this book with a very lovely disclaimer.
“This is unashamedly a novel, not a work of history. Yet if it inspires its readers to dig more deeply into the events and personalities of that extraordinary time, and to decide for themselves not only what happened but why things happened, then both the truth and Mr. Churchill will have been well served.”

After finishing this book I then went on to read a few WWII nonfiction books, which by Mr. Dobbs standards means the book serves the truth and Mr. Churchill very well indeed.

Winston’s War: A Novel of Conspiracy
by Michael Dobbs
published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN- 978-1402217746
http://michaeldobbs.com/uk/

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Fiction

 

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