This book explodes in its opening chapter with a gruesome murder at a race track, concludes with an express train demolishing a victim at 100 miles an hour and vibrates on intervening pages with the thunder of horses’ hooves.
In the fall of 1764, George Whitefield, itinerant evangelical preacher, gave a commencement sermon at Princeton University, then a place of evangelical learning which he described as a “blessed nursery, one of the purest in the universe.” Many readers will gawk and chuckle at the idea of an evangelical pastor giving a commencement address at one of today’s elite colleges. So far from being flower beds of spiritual growth, the Ivies are today distinguished by secularism and outright contempt for orthodox, confessional Christianity. Were Whitefield to preach on an elite campus today, he would be regarded as a retrograde bigot.
Michael Savage is not the only writer to conclude this nation is more divided now that at any time since the Civil War. However, the author and radio talk-show host has explored in-depth America’s step-by-step removal from the ideal of “one nation, indivisible.”
Resilience, as defined by Judith Rodin is the capacity of any entity, ranging from an individual, a corporation or a society, to pre-emptively prepare for sudden disruptions that were unpredicted, to recover from them and then to take advantage of new opportunities produced by the disruption for further growth and expansion.
For two years, 1861 to 1863, Gen. Thomas Jonathan (“Stonewall”) Jackson, West Point graduate, hero of the Mexican war, and in the interim a quirky eccentric former Virginia Military Institute professor plagued by a host of 19th-century afflictions, became not just a hero of the Confederacy, but a brilliant military tactician who out-thought, out-anticipated, outmaneuvered and outfought the enemy.
The novelist Penelope Fitzgerald is not every reader’s cup of tea. She firmly believed that “less is more,” so her novels are brief. They are also cryptic and elliptical; packed with brilliant scenes, funny at times, but dark, too, and a little unsettling.
Caesar Augustus remains the person in the ancient world whose image is the most recognizable, surviving to the present day in statues, coins and frescoes. He was the Barack Obama of his day, except that he actually created significant and lasting accomplishments.