GO NAVY BEAT ARMY

GO NAVY BEAT ARMY

'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hmmph

Well, the Pulitzer Prizes are out, and, as expected they were primarily awarded to dinosaur media reporting inane stories.

I mean seriously, where was the hard hitting investigative journalism of the ACORN scandal which two twenty-somethings broke?  Or how about the backroom bribes and dealing to get Obamacare passed?  How about the American victory in Iraq?

NOT...oh well, I do enjoy reading the prizes for history, those at least show some sanity.

History: Awarded to "Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World," by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press), a compelling account of how four powerful bankers played crucial roles in triggering the Great Depression and ultimately transforming the United States into the world's financial leader. Finalists: "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City," by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co.), an evocative, heavily researched examination of an industrial giant's grandiose scheme to create a model rubber plantation deep in the Amazon forest, and "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," by Gordon S. Wood (Oxford University Press), a lucid exploration of a turbulent era when a profoundly changing America, despite the sin of slavery, came to see itself as a beacon to the world, demonstrating human capacity for self-government.
I have Empire of Liberty, and from the first couple of chapters I have read, it is pretty good.

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