History of the United States by Charles A. BeardAs a classroom history teacher, I realize that I am out of my league in reviewing this book. Charles and Mary Beard are name brand historians. There are precious few historians that make it to that level, and for me, a classroom teacher, to deign to review the work of a historian that has an entire school corporation named for him (in his hometown of Knightstown, Indiana) takes some professional chutzpah on my part. Its the equivalent of a local bar band writing a criticism of the Beatles or a piano student evaluating Chopin.
Well, heres to chutzpah!
On a general level, this is an excellent textbook. Two general themes of the Beards are:
1) economics is a dominant driver of history.
2) America is a story of expanding rights - more groups of people are securing their rights as time goes on.
The book focuses on social issues such as how things were manufactured and societal heirarchy rather than battles, wars and strategies. For example, the Battles of Lexington and Concord (the Shot heard round the world) get four sentences, none describing the battle itself. This makes it rather unique in history textbooks, although most dont dwell on the battles for long, they do mention tactics, changes the war brought to technology, etc.
The book is well-written. It has two authors and does not suffer from the stifling over-editing of most modern history texts that render them sterile, dry and boring.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a American psychedelic satirical  black comedy road film adapted from Hunter S. Thompson 's novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Gonzo, respectively. The film details the duo's journey through Las Vegas as their initial journalistic intentions devolve into an exploration of the city under the influence of psychoactive substances. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a financial failure , but has since become a cult classic among film fans.
Illogical lighting and copious Steadicam was harnessed to replicate the experiences of ether, mescaline, adrenochrome and more. There have been countless movies with great depictions of drug trips Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street featuring a recent masterpiece of the genre but relatively few that focus entirely on them. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , which was released 20 years ago tomorrow, stands alone as a celebration and commiseration of the multifarious drug binge, a minute start-to-finish odyssey into drugs and how they can be fun, frightening and futile. A critical and financial failure at least at the time, it is remembered more fondly now and has since attained cult status , it delights in its simple mission, a sharply-focused look at an experiential blur. The drug kicks in and you're on speed! You get the buzz — it's crazy, it's outrageous, the carpet's moving and everybody's laughing and having a great time. It's an ugly nightmare and there's no escape.
Thompson's Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is a vicious, drug-fueled screed about the meaning of the gambling mecca, and how the hippie.
life without love is no life at all meaning
Based on the book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, which was originally published as a two-part series for Rolling Stone magazine in , it not only chronicles the journalist and lawyer's three day drug binge in the city of sin, but also points out the shortcomings of an era that had so much potential. After being assigned to cover the Mint motorcycle race by an unnamed magazine, Duke and Gonzo travel to Las Vegas in a red convertible with a copious amount of contraband in their possession. They also decide to take this as an opportunity to to find "the American dream. Initially choosing to skip town, Duke is forced to return after he is given a second chance to attend the District Attorney's conference on illegal narcotics.