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1776: A man, his war, and their year

1776 by David McCullough is not a new book — it was published in 2006 — but I just got around to reading it, enjoyed it, and wanted to say a few words about it. But first my David McCullough story. You probably don’t know Scotty MacNeish (aka Richard Stockton MacNeish), but you should. He…
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US Politics / Conservative : Power Line

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Academics / Neuroscience : Neuroskeptic

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Entertainment / Music : USAToday: Books

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US Politics / Conservative : RedState

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