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“…that part of the country where one is less frequently murdered…”

The Valleys of the Assassins: and Other Persian Travels by Freya Stark In 1930 and 1932 Freya Stark, a British woman in her 30s, traveled into Persia (Iran) as far as the rock of Alamut, the stronghold of that madman … Continue reading

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That’s a more interesting flight than I ever want to take.

China Airborne by James Fallows Opportunity or threat? That’s what this book boils down to, an examination of just what the government-driven and -financed economic boom in China means to the West. I warn you, there is no pat answer … Continue reading

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At one point Fred hires Bat Masterson to run security for one of his more out-of-the way restaurants.

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried I was raving about this book in my knitting group and wondering aloud why I’d never heard of Fred … Continue reading

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