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  •  hmmmm..... (2+ / 0-)
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    wildcat6, ohiojack

    The purpose behind several of them seems quite different than others so this isn't necessarily easy, but I'll give it a shot.

    Davies always at the top for me.
    Eszterhas & Roberts -- at the top for a general narrative history
    IF Stone -- tops for polemical discussion
    Bill Gordon -- great if you really know the ins and outs but I am afraid it is so intricate that it would lose any casual reader
    Caputo -- filled with careless & unnecessary errors which annoy the hell out of me; clearly the book was done too quickly with no intention of being much more than an accompaniment to the included video -- and the video is worth the price of the book. Buy for the video.
    Michener -- a good read but know that it was written to support the "such a tragedy, no one's responsible" line of defense and that large parts of it are made up out of whole cloth.

    A couple you didn't mention:  Scott Bills "Kent State/May 4th" pulls together a lot of essays and assorted writings from a number of different sources. Has some interesting stuff in it.  James Munves's "The Kent State Cover-Up" is about the civil trial and is skewed because his primary goal was to say "it's not my fault that the plaintiffs lost the civil trial" -- but it is good in bringing to life some of the jaw-droppingly anti-plaintiff legal obstacles that were thrown in the path of any possibility of attaining justice. And there's a little book called "In the Middle of the Country" that was written by Kent State students after they scattered in the months immediately after the shootings. It's been a long time since I read that one -- it would probably be one of the hardest to find -- but it was really powerful just for the raw emotion and the shocked sense of betrayal they felt.

    I definitely wish there was one good narrative history that I could recommend ... but, alas, there isn't. Which continues to feed that sense that I should write it but so many obstacles to that. Maybe self-published ebook is the way to go.

    "The fools are as plentiful as ever." Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr

    by kainah on Sat May 05, 2012 at 01:45:17 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you so much kainah (2+ / 0-)
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      for wading through that subject.

      Hope you write the book...somehow...sometime!

      "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

      by wildcat6 on Sat May 05, 2012 at 02:24:06 PM PDT

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      •  Writing the book (1+ / 0-)
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        For some reason, today, more than in abt 20 yrs, the thought of it is resonating. We'll see how the idea sits over the next couple of weeks.

        "The fools are as plentiful as ever." Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr

        by kainah on Sat May 05, 2012 at 11:22:37 PM PDT

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