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Old 09-16-2019, 12:02 PM   #1771
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I think it can be easy to have a gap in one's knowledge of history in the range of stuff that happened maybe 10 - 20 years before one hits high school or college. One was too young (or not even born) to remember events personally, and yet the events aren't historical enough to have been incorporated into standard textbooks.

For me, this period covers the events leading up to and the early years of the Vietnam War. I started noticing politics and wars and things towards the end of the war, but I was too young to remember the beginnings, and our high school history book ended shortly after the start of the Cold War.
I agree. My history classes stopped after the Civil War. I've surmised that my teachers felt WWI and WWII were not history, but current events ... for them. Though I was studying around 1970 plus and minus a few. But I've had to learn about both world wars on my own. Vietnam & Korea I haven't even started to wonder about, yet.
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I agree. My history classes stopped after the Civil War. I've surmised that my teachers felt WWI and WWII were not history, but current events ... for them. Though I was studying around 1970 plus and minus a few. But I've had to learn about both world wars on my own. Vietnam & Korea I haven't even started to wonder about, yet.
My last high school history course (about 1961) covered 1885-1933, but this was unusual.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:31 PM   #1774
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Old 09-17-2019, 08:26 AM   #1775
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I was studying around the same time, and thought it was bad that my textbook stopped at the beginning of the Cold War. But maybe I was lucky - at least I got to learn about the somewhat important WWI and WWII and even a smidge beyond. Hard to imagine a history class in the 70s (or even 60s) that wouldn't cover at least through the two WW. So much for my complaining .

I wondered also, at the time, and still do, if in that time frame, the Vietnam War was still too political vs historical. Although I know there were protests against US involvement in both World Wars too, I have the impression they were not on the same scale as the protests against the Vietnam War. So I've always sort of thought that this was our school district punting a little bit too.

Oh well...sort of off-topic by now...

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone is $2.99 at Amazon, Kobo and B&N. This sale was posted on Tuesday, but I don't know for how long it will be there.



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I didn't enjoy my ARC copy of this at all, but I hope some of you do!
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The great statistician, Hans Rosling, died in February last year. Throughout his life Hans used data to explain how the world was changing – and often improving – and he would challenge people to examine their own preconceptions and ignorance. Before he became ill, Hans had started working on a book about these questions and what they reveal about the mental biases that tend to lead us astray. Tim Harford speaks to his son Ola and daughter in law Anna who worked on the book with him

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Something weird happened. The Deal of the Day changed after a few hours and it and the email were very different and the price reverted.

Still the book has been 99p once before so watch it.
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Something weird happened. The Deal of the Day changed after a few hours and it and the email were very different and the price reverted.

Still the book has been 99p once before so watch it.
It's because it was posted on the week following Friday the 13th.
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Care to say why? I bought it, on the perceived value of the content.
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Care to say why? I bought it, on the perceived value of the content.
I'm not astrangerhere, but I didn't think it very good either. It's been a while since I read it, but the biggest flaw was the fictionalizing; it described people's actions in a fictional context that has no factual support - people smiling or tilting their heads and so forth, and, far worst of all, characterizing their thoughts. In addition, the author was prone to engage in hyperbole that got tired; the "smashed codes" of the title was done to death.
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