Thursday, April 26, 2007

More bookworld Thursday

...And when you finish with Popessa's choice for book of the day/week/month, take a look at Anne Hagedorn's new study of a moment in time, "Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, l9l9." Jay Freeman of "Booklist" assesses this new contribution to the "history-of-a-year" genre as follows:

"During the war, the government had constructed a web of domestic-intelligence agencies designed to root out those opposed to the war effort. Despite the armistice, these agencies continued to work aggressively. Particularly shocking, in retrospect, were the activities by members of the American Protective League, a government-sponsored organization. These zealots often conducted illegal searches, spied on their neighbors, and used crude intimidation tactics on a massive scale. This is a timely reminder of the dangers implicit in trying to achieve national security at the expense of basic freedoms."

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose?!


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