In Public Enemies, Bryan Burrough strips away a thick layer of myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI to tell the full story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young Hoover and an assortment of criminals who became national icons: John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barkers.
History that's close to Chicago where I lived for 12 years. This was a great short story to read before visiting the museum in Crown Point IN.
As historian Mark Essig reveals in Lesser Beasts, swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous. What's more, he argues, we ignore our historic partnership with these astonishing animals at our peril.
I really enjoyed learning about the history of where pigs thrived, how they were raised and how society viewed them. I think this is a great book for anyone that eats pork, raises pigs or is considering raising pigs like I am. Just a warning for the hog producers that are CAFO farmers - you may want to skip the last few chapters if you don't want to hear any criticism about "factory" farming, but that part of the book is very short and finishes the timeline of the historical path the author traces for the pigs we know today.
One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.
A humbling story about trying to recover the family farm. The day-dream planning, the tireless efforts to spend little to make profits, going against the usual farming techniques, laughing at mistakes and the passion for the food that is being raised makes this story great for any reader but especially those who may feel a connection to their own land.
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