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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. (1974) - Nicholas Meyer  (Grade:B+)
How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life (44 BC) - Marcus Tullius Cicero - Philip Freeman  (Grade:A)
Neoconomy: George Bush's Revolutionary Gamble with America's Future (2004) - Daniel Altman  (Grade:B-)
The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951) - Eric Hoffer  (Grade:A)
What it Takes : The Way to the White House (1992) - Richard Ben Cramer  (Grade:A+)
Shakespeare's Language (2000) - Frank Kermode  (Grade:A-)
The Unmaking of a Mayor (1966) - William F. Buckley, Jr.  (Grade:A+)
The Man Without a Country (1863) - Edward Everett Hale  (Grade:A+)
North Dallas Forty (1973) - Peter Gent  (Grade:A)
All the King's Men (1946) - Robert Penn Warren  (Grade:A+)

Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001) - Steven Spielberg  (Grade:C-)
Gattaca (1997) - Andrew Niccol  (Grade:A)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) - Ashutosh Gowariker  (Grade:A+)

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Compass marker 10/17/19:

Nathanael West (1902-40) was born in New York, NY on October 17, 1902. Read Orrin's reviews of The Day of the Locust (1939)(Grade: C-)(#73 on the Modern Library Top 100) & Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)(Grade: B)

Jean Arthur (Gladys Georgianna Greene), was born in Plattsburg, New York on October 17, 1900

Arthur Miller (1915-) was born in New York, NY on October 17, 1915. Read Orrin's review of Death of a Salesman (1949)

October 16 is the anniversary of JOHN BROWN's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, where he and 22 men seized the Wagner House Hotel, the federal arsenal, the town firehouse, and about 30 citizens. Brown was 60 years old and a white man; his aim: to free the slaves and create an independent Negro republic. The whole thing was a disaster. Two days later a squad of Marines under Robert E. Lee battered down the firehouse door and captured Brown and his men, six of whom, including Brown, were hanged a few weeks later.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-) was born in Iona Station, Ontario on October 15, 1908. Read Orrin's review of The Affluent Society (1958)

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was born in Prussia on October 15, 1844. Read Orrin's review of The Birth of Tragedy (1872)(Grade: C)

Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-) was born in Denison, TX on October 14, 1890. Read Orrin's review of Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (1986)(Michael R. Beschloss 1955-) (Grade: A)

E(dward) E(stlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was born in Cambridge, MA on October 14, 1894.

Chuck Yeager broke the Sound Barrier on October 14, 1947, flying 670 miles per hour in a Bell X-1 rocket plane. Read Orrin's review of The Right Stuff (1979)(Tom Wolfe 1931-) (Grade: A+)

Albert Jay Nock (1872-1945) was born in Scranton, PA on October 13, 1870. Read Orrin's review of Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943) (Grade : A+)

The blessed Margaret Thatcher (1925-) was born in Grantham, ENG on October 13, 1925. Read Orrin's review of Thatcher For Beginners (1997)(Peter Pugh and Carl Flint)

Conrad Richter (1890-1968) was born in Pine Grove, PA on October 13, 1890. Read Orrin's review of The Light in the Forest (1953)(Grade: C)

Virgil (70 B.C.?-19 B.C.) was born in Mantua, in Cisalpine Gaul on October 13, 70 BC. Read Orrin's review of The Aeneid (19 B.C.)(Grade: A)

Elmore Leonard (1925-) was born in New Orleans, LA on October 11, 1925. Read Orrin's review of Swag (1976)(Grade: A)

Jill Ker Conway (1934-) was born in New South Wales, Australia on October 9, 1934. Read Orrin's review of her memoir, The Road from Coorain (1989)(Grade: C)

Walter Lord (1917-) was born in Baltimore, MD on October 8, 1917. Read Orrin's review of Day of Infamy (1957) (Grade: A)

Thomas Keneally (1935-) was born in Sydney, Australia on October 7, 1935. Read Orrin's review of Schindler's List (1982)(Grade: A)

Caroline Ferguson Gordon (1895-1981) was born in Merry Mont, KY on October 6, 1895. Read Orrin's review of Aleck Maury, Sportsman (1934)

Chester Alan Arthur (1830-86) was born in Fairfield, VT on October 5, 1830. The Internet Public Library is good source for info on Presidents.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) was born in Delaware, OH on October 4, 1822. You can find his Diary & Letters online.

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If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.
-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster