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When I started to read CAIN AT GETTYSBURG I was greeted with detailed introductions to the characters - both historical and fictional. As I progressed through the book the background, insight, and details continued - without bogging down as some books tend to do. With each combat scene, I began to feel more and more as if the book was comparable to - even surpassing -that old 1950s TV show, YOU ARE THERE, narrated by Walter Cronkite. From one page to the next the thoughts, feelings, and fears of the soldiers came through as they attacked or were attacked by their opposite numbers on the other side. It was as if I really was there. I eagerly look forward to reading Ralph Peter's next offering, HELL OR RICHMOND.
This book documents the racial bias in the media better than anything else I have ever seen. As the author notes, most people in the country gets their news from a press that constantly harps about discrimination against blacks as if the Klan were running the country. However, most of us have lived our lives at times where Affirmative Action is the only form of job discrimination we have ever seen and where black criminals are often portrayed as the victims of white police rather than what they are, criminals. I learned that the Jim Jones cult was not a religious cult(as I had thought)but actually a Marxist commune that contemplated moving to the Soviet Union(the majority of the members-and suicide victims- of the cult were black). I also learned about the follow up to the Bakke case, where the individual admitted in place of Bakke was unqualified and actually lost his medical license after he killed several patients(This was relevant to me, as I actually served on the admissions committee at the UC Davis Medical School in the 1980s-years after the Bakke decision- and saw "A" students rejected in order to make room for minority students with a C-average). This book gets the truth out there, which, as is typical, has little to do with the political correctness put out there my the media.
I am a staunch conservative, a veteran of the U.S. Military, and have worked in private sector for the past 32 years in the Risk Management department for a large U.S. based retailer. I work closely with law enforcement across multiple jurisdictions mostly in the area of Organized Retail Crime and have an inbred respect for all law enforcement. I purchased this book with some reservations as I figured that it would be nothing more than a left wing progressive cop bashing fest. I could not have been more wrong about this author's body of work or intentions.
The book is well researched, full of facts, and I found it surprisingly to be politically neutral! The author in fact goes out of his way to not blame law enforcement for the current trend in the militarization of their officers, or the proliferation of SWAT teams materializing all over the country. In fact he lays most of the blame for this right at the feet of our legislators. No one party is or branch of government is exempt. Numerous presidents, senators, members of the house, and Supreme Court Justices are all mentioned, and their roles in getting the Fourth Amendment nullified are presented in excruciating detail. This book highlights how the sacred rights of the Castle Doctrine and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 have all been circumnavigated. This is a must read for all Americans regardless of their political affiliation.
The iPad Mini is the best thing since sliced bread! I'm learning that it does everything but scrub the floor! My only disappointment is there are no instructions. I'm aware that mfg. don't include instructions anymore but it 's a really frustrating way to learn when you've never even held an iPAd in your hand before! I'm sure I'll master it in time but it's not the easiest way to learn. It would be so much more helpful if it had instructions. Wouldn't a positive experience be better than a negative one?