Listening to Tyson describe the North Carolina of the 1960s, I was reminded how much the world has changed in the last half century. Ku Klux Klan rallies, widespread white supremacism, corrupt judicial systems -- that culture of hate is almost unrecognizeable today. In addition to solid history and a gripping true crime narrative, the book includes thoughtful sections on nonviolence. Tyson shows that much of the nonviolence movement of the 1960s was a myth, and that violence and physical force were necessary to change our culture. This book is filled with big ideas and big questions, but it is written in a plain style that is easy to understand. It is smart without being difficult. Highly recommended.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." Nowadays everyone has thier opinion about how to address terrorism. The discussion should start with the facts, and the 9-11 Commission Report contains the facts. This is required reading for anyone who wants to hold an educated opinion about Islamic terrorism. Highly recommended.
This book reminds us how America is partly responsible for the current mess in Iran. The book raises good, hard questions about American foreign policy. Some of the middle section is pretty dry. But, overall, this was a fast, enjoyable listen. Highly recommended.
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