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Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates - Sarah Vowell Why do Americans think they are "exceptional", leading to right-the-world campaigns, a recent example being the war in Iraq? Sarah Vowel thinks it stems from Henry VIII's fickle affections for his wives and the Puritans, exemplified by John Winthrop's 1630 sermon "A Model of Christian Charity" in which he describes Massachusetts colony as a "city on a hill"--a phrase that originated in The Sermon on the Mount and was later used by Ronald Reagen. In Reagen's version, American is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere, a belief Vowel traces back to the Puritan forefathers. As always, Vowel is funny, breezy and thought provoking.