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  •  Thoroughly enjoyed this, Bill (3+ / 0-)

    Fascinating exposition of a work I've never read, although, of course, I've heard of Jacques Barzun.  Thanks for writing this diary!

    Must say I really admire your open-mindedness.  I tend to read books that I know won't upset me.  Tried to read Half the Sky and got so upset had to stop in the middle.

    I also really like your lively writing style!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 04:30:33 AM PDT

    •  I admire your self-discipline; trying to find (1+ / 0-)
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      Monsieur Georges

      and read books that won't upset you. As I said--that strategy's not for me, but as I get older I see more wisdom in your approach. (...that we should allow ourselves to be upset about a limited number of very important things.)

      Anyway--I recommend this Dawn to Decadence book to you if you're interested in the "What is the Western culture, and how did it end up like this?" question. The stories and anecdotes and examples he collects are great reading.

      Co-author of the first political biography of Michele Bachmann: Michele Bachmann's America

      by Bill Prendergast on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 11:03:52 AM PDT

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