Friday, November 7, 2008

A recent Grinnell College graduate reads ...

The Book review recently heard from a graduate, class of 2008 who is trying to continue her college practice of reading several things at once. Here is what she has to say:

. . . At present I am reading What's the Matter with Kansas? and To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson. I am sure you know what the first one is about. The second one is about the classical history of revolutionary politics. And this other one I have started . . . is the Unknown Mao, the new biography, which is a pretty easy read, only too bulky to be carried anywhere. To the Finland Station starts in the 1700 and follows this French historian, who for Edmund is sort of the first historian to approach history in a progressive manner rather than in a cyclical manner . . .

What is the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank. NY: Metropolitan Books, 2004.
Burling F 686.2 2004

To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History by Edmund Wilson. London: Macmillan, 1972.
Burling HX 36 W5 1972

Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang. NY: Knopf, 2005
Burling DS778.M3 C38 2005

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