In light of recent events this seemed like a good recommendation from the media. Author Bonilla-Silva takes the reader though how racism has changed in the post-Civil Rights era and how "color blindness" is actually not that at all. From the language to people use to the beliefs they hold he examines how racism still exists and how it continues to be perpetuated despite the perhaps optimistic views that these view will somehow fade away or die out.
So while perhaps we do not have slaves working on plantations or openly segregated areas of service, etc. many of the thoughts and words Bonilla-Silva writes about here are dog whistles you hear in the media, by talk/radio show hosts and maybe even by your family and friends. It's simply how things have been done. Electing Barack Obama meant racism was "over". And so on and so forth. Bonilla-Silva looks at various people in each chapter, records how they address particular topics and then breaks down their words and perhaps how and why they answered in that way.
There was a lot to chew on and the initial chapters were promising. But I agree with a lot of the negative reviews: sometimes he is too academic and generally just too "wordery" that might turn off a general audience. Much of what he wrote about was familiar to me so it felt a bit like beating a dead horse with far too many words.
But it was still interesting and I don't regret reading it. That said, I'd recommend works like 'The New Jim Crow' and/or 'Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class' for texts that are more approachable and perhaps would work as introductory ones if you're not sure about tackling this one. Check it out at the library or at least flip through a few chapters if you're not sure if it's for you.
Recommended for anyone who wants to understand how racism has changed over time, but be prepared to be uncomfortable and even perhaps recognize yourself in these pages.
As Marvel leads the charge in using beloved heroes as nazis. Or as guys who don't mind working to nazis, at the very least, and who used to be nazis and who were led by one of Hitler's inner circle who wanted to bring about the fourth reich but Marvel really wants you to believe they aren't nazis.
And things aren't read into a vacuum. This bullshit colors how I read these, and I do not like.
The Fallen Angel is a mid-series entry (#12) in Daniel Silva’s long-running series about Israeli spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. At the beginning of The Fallen Angel, Gabriel is retired from the intrigue business and at the Vatican to restore a painting by Caravaggio. He is drawn into an investigation of the death of a female curator who was investigating malfeasance in the Vatican collection by his friend and occasional ally, private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII, Monsignor Luigi Donati. Of course, Donati knows more than he initially reveals and soon Gabriel is off to the Italian countryside followed by St. Moritz to investigate. It being a Gabriel Allon story, there can’t be just one villain, just one plot, and soon enough the story circles back to events in Israel and the clock is ticking as Gabriel races to save the world in the nick of time.
Read by iconic narrator George Guidall, The Fallen Angel, like many thrillers made an excellent audiobook. While The Fallen Angel can stand alone, I would have benefitted from a more recent memory of the previous volume in the series (which I somehow appear to have missed). Gabriel has been aging in real time and would be in his late 50s at the time of The Fallen Angel. He is still, barely, young enough for the high jinx to be plausible. While Daniel Silva continues to turn out one well researched Gabriel story a year (#17 was published earlier in July 2017), the stories since The Fallen Angel just haven’t been quite as compelling.
Read for Fantasyland 6: Read a book set in a Western European Country or with a wintry scene on the cover
Nichts von alledem wäre passiert, hätte Spider Barnes sich nicht zwei Abende vor dem Auslaufen der Aurora im Eddy's betrunken.
Spider galt als der beste Schiffskoch der gesamten Karibik, cholerisch, aber unersetzlich, ein verrücktes Genie in weißer Jacke und Schürze. Spider, müssen Sie wissen, hatte eine klassische Ausbildung. Spider hatte einige Zeit in Paris gearbeitet. Spider war in London gewesen. Spider hatte New York, San Francisco und einen unglücklichen Zwischenstopp in Miami absolviert, bevor er endgültig aus dem Restaurantgeschäft ausgestiegen war, um die Freiheit der Meere zu genießen. Jetzt arbeitete er auf den großen Charterjachten, wie sie Filmstars, Rapper, Moguln und Angeber charterten, wenn sie imponieren wollten. Und wenn Spider nich an seinem Herd stand, war er unweigerlich auf einem der besseren Barhocker an Land anzutreffen.