Reviews are starting to stream in for David McCullough's latest book "1776"
) and the verdict seems to be another winner for David. ... The NYT says the best part of the book is about the seige of Boston. George Washington's references to the New England rabble are hilareous -- 'exceedingly dirty and nasty' and possessing an 'unaccountable kind of stupidity.' There were also so many prostitutes around Boston that one area was called 'Mount Whoredom.' ...
Of course New Englanders had their own views of southerners. I've never been able to find the quote, but Armchair Gen. Savin Hill once told me about a book he read in which Washington pleaded with New Englanders to go south with him after the Northeast campaign was over. The rough response: No way. It's hot down there! We'll just invade Canada, thank you. ...
... Hub Blog is relieved the reviews are good, for the book's somewhat banal title conjured up images of the movie '1776.'
... But I find it hard McCullough's book can beat this.
... Is there an video/online game for the Battle of Lexington and Concord or Bunker Hill? Now that would be fun. 'The cheerful generals at the start of World War I':
Finally, someone makes the filibuster issue
interesting. See what a little war terminology can do?Closet Red Sox fan?:
Hamid Karzai wanted to throw out the first pitch
at Fenway. But, alas, we'll never know
if he has a better arm than John Kerry. ... Thank goodness most of the silly Curse talk is gone, but, hey, this is for a good cause.