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  • reading the chernow alexander hamilton biography as a very casual fan of the musical and being a former apush student is actually a wild ride and i’m absolutely here for it. i never really focused on hamilton ever when i studied the revolution (i generally gravitated towards lafayette and john adams) but i can definitely understand why hamilton is thought of as such an important influence. i’m glad i didn’t give my copy of the book away after my high school friend who was a fanatic forced it on me

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  • Judicious biography of George Armstrong Custer, the Civil War hero-turned-Indian fighter whose death at Little Bighorn rendered him the symbol of a shameful era. Stiles avoids easy categorization of Custer, too often treated as either a gallant martyr of progress, a vile racist or else merely a blundering fool, depending on who tells his story. Instead, he shows Custer as, for better and (largely) worse, very much a man of his time and place. The main strand running through Stiles’ Custer is ambition: from his earliest days at West Point, he dreamed of fame and glory and didn’t care how or why he attained. This manifested itself in ways both unconventional - his disregard for protocol and rash courage in battle - and more commonplace. An acolyte of George McClellan, he mirrored that general’s vanity, self-promotion and reactonary politics; hailing from small-town Michigan, he imbued a Jacksonian ideology that encouraged self-made success, distrust of progress and white supremacy in equal measure. Thus Custer, despite having a remarkably intelligent black servant (Eliza Brown, whose vivid personality enlivens much of the book), failed to view nonwhites, whether black or Native American, as entirely human (expounding on this not only in private but through effusive, pseudo-scientific essays); he mooned over his wife Libbie while constantly cheating on her; he engaged in financial speculation in true Gilded Age style while decrying Republican corruption. His frontier exploits, from the massacre at the Washita to the disaster at Little Bighorn, were ultimately an extension of these traits and contradictions. He could respect individual Natives while viewing the whole as a subhuman mass; he associated with Sheridan, Sherman and Grant while spurning their politics and often flouting their orders; one assumes, then, that he was headed for disaster, if not at the hands of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, than by his own recklessness and bad judgment. Not without admirable traits (his personal courage, most obviously), this Custer is nonetheless an unflattering portrait - though probably as generous as he deserves. 

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  • Lara Croft Biography

    As seen in the manual of the game ‘Tomb Raider’ (1996)

    Lara Croft, daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, was raised to be an aristocrat from birth. After attending finishing school at the age of 21, Lara’s marriage into wealth had seemed assured, but on her way home from a skiing trip her chartered plane had crashed deep in the heart of the Himalayas. The only survivor, Lara learned how to depend on her wits to stay alive in hostile conditions a world away from her sheltered upbringing. 2 weeks later when she walked into the village of Tokakeriby her experiences had had a profound effect on her. Unable to stand the claustrophobic suffocating atmosphere of upper-class British society, she realised that she was only truly alive when she was travelling alone. Over the 8 following years, she acquired an intimate knowledge of ancient civilisations across the globe. Her family soon disowned their prodigal daughter, and she turned to writing to fund her trips. Famed for discovering several ancient sites of profund archaeological interest she made a name for herself by publishing travel books and detailed journals of her exploits.

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  • #peter the great (1672-1725) #robert k. massie #russian history#authors#biographies
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  • Puna’s Biography

    Vital Stats From Editions Atlas’ ‘Tomb Raider: The Official Fact Files’ and the game 'Tomb Raider III’

    Height: 1.89m

    Nationality: Fiji

    DoD: 1998

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  • Winston’s Biography

    As seen in the Tomb Raider Chronicles addition to ‘The Lara Croft Style Guide’.

    Born: Connussie, Ireland 1924.

    Fought in the Second World War.

    Decorated in the El-Alamein desert campaign under Montgomery, and honorably discharged after being wounded in battle.

    Returned home and worked with his father as a gamekeeper under the laird on the local estate.

    Formed a bond with Lord Croft upon organizing pheasant shooting excursions and was requested specifically into service by him on the mainland.

    As Lara’s parents continued their world excursions, Winston became like a father to her, a bond that remains to this day.

    #Tomb Raider Chronicles #TRC Biographies#Biographies#VL Posts
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  • Marco Bartoli’s Biography

    Vital Stats From Editions Atlas’ ‘Tomb Raider: The Official Fact Files’ and the game 'Tomb Raider II’

    DoB: 9/Dec/1951

    Height: 1.77m

    Nationality: Italian

    DoD: 1997

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  • tim pat coogan needs to get his shit together and write books that are actually engaging. like good on you for putting so much intricate detail into the information you present but that doesn’t make much difference if i feel like passing out from boredom every three pages

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  • The Bald Guy’s Biography

    Vital Stats From Editions Atlas’ ‘Tomb Raider: The Official Fact Files’ and the game 'Tomb Raider’

    Height: 1.94m

    DoD: 1996

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  • Energetic attempt at rehabilitating Wendell Willkie, the Indiana businessman-turned-Republican presidential candidate in 1940. Lewis (previously author of a two-volume work on W.E.B. DuBois) makes no effort to hide his admiration for Willkie, who’s portrayed as the standard bearer of a long-dead breed of Republican: socially liberal, fiscally conservative, an internationalist in foreign affairs. In other words, what used to be called a Rockefeller Republican might as easily be dubbed a Willkie Republican. Willkie’s opposition to the Tennessee Valley Authority and ensuing clash with Roosevelt made him a Republican hero in the late ‘30s, even though he remained nominally a Democrat. His charisma (one observer dubbed him “a Republican with sex appeal”) and connections among political and media circles - including his long-running affair with Irita van Doren, influential book review editor for The New York Herald Tribune, and friendship with Henry and Clare Booth Luce of Time - catapulted him to a “dark horse” nomination over Bob Taft, Thomas Dewey and other Republicans in 1940. Nonetheless, Willkie’s campaign, while energetic, struggled to articulate a vision distinct from Roosevelt. Ultimately, in a familiar story, he abandoned high-minded principle for mudslinging in the campaign’s final days, courting isolationists who despised him while dismaying his allies.

    Regardless, Lewis views Willkie’s nomination as rescuing the GOP from its chronic isolationism, and playing a major role in mobilizing support for American entry into WWII. It’s hard to argue with that: Franklin Roosevelt, who made Willkie an ambassador-at-large, viewed his assistance in rallying the “loyal opposition” towards intervention and his wartime trips abroad as invaluable. Certainly Lewis convinces that Willkie was a man of consequence and integrity (being, among other things, an ally of the NAACP, an early backer of the Equal Rights Amendment and a staunch advocate for what became the United Nations), who probably would have made a strong president. But he struggles to show that Willkie “saved” the Republican Party, as the title asserts. After all, the GOP’s split between intervention and isolation lasted until Eisenhower and Bob Taft’s showdown in 1952; certainly the split between conservative and moderate Republicans raged for decades, and Willkie’s side ultimately lost. At the very least, Willkie was the right man at a crucial historical moment - if not for his party, then certainly his country. And for that, if nothing else, he’s worth remembering.

    #books#history #friday night reads #david levering lewis #wendell willkie#biographies#republican party#politics #world war 2
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  • i thought i wouldn’t cry at the end of this biography. such a thought was foolish, for i always cry at the end of biographies.

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    courage in our hands

    truth in our tongues

    and purity in our hearts

    #dark academia aesthetic #dark academia #ireland (culture and history) #ireland dark academia #dublin ireland#ireland#irish history#pádraig pearse#patrick pearse#pearse#biographies#biography #ruth dudley edwards #patrick pearse: the triumph of failure #world history#european history#history #the gaelic revival #gaelic revival#irish poets#irish poetry #st. enda's school
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    “in truth, the language movement is not merely more important than the political movement, but it is on a different and altogether higher plane.”

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    “but more than that, pearse wanted to believe in the great heroes of the past. he needed great symbols of nobility, courage, and selflessness to compensate for the many self-seeking, weak, and timid people who surrounded him.”

    oh my GOD that explains so much

    #patrick pearse #patrick pearse: the triumph of failure #ruth dudley edwards #irish history#history#ireland #ireland (culture and history) #pádraig pearse#pearse#biography#biographies#world history#european history #the gaelic revival #gaelic revival
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  • Caste System Facts (4)


    Businessmen including inventors, teachers, philosophers, scientists, doctors, veterinarians, nurses, dentists, architects, librarians, engineers, therapists/psychologists, film directors, music producers, lawyers, and writers. Girls that are or were part of the Selection are also part of this caste, unless they are a natural Two or already a Three. Kriss was already a Three. However, America became a Three when she was chosen for the Selection.

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  • Caste System Facts (3)


    Celebrities; including athletes, singers, actors/actresses, models, politicians, police officers, firefighters, guards, and military members. Celeste was a Two and was a model. Aspen, formerly a Six, is also a Two and is a guard at the palace. After marrying him, Lucy also became a Two. Officer Avery and Officer Markson are palace guards, so they are in the Second caste, too. Carter Woodwork, a previous Seven, became a palace guard and thus was upgraded to a Two. When Carter was caught with one of The Elite, Marlee Tames, they were both caned and became the lowest caste, Eights. She married him and, with Maxon’s help, they were both secretly upgraded to Sixes as palace servants. Both of them, however, eventually became attendants of King Maxon Schreave and Queen America Schreave and the first citizens without a caste. Natalie Luca married an actor and became a Two before the caste system died out. Hale Garner is also the son of a basketball player, so he would be a Two if the castes were still in place. Some Twos were known to be snobs, like Celeste Newsome for the better part of Maxon’s Selection.

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  • Caste System Facts (2)


    Royalty and religious figures; Maxon Schreave, his family (King Clarkson, Queen Amberly, and Adele) or just royalty are Ones. After marrying him, America Singer and all her family members also became Ones. Maxon’s and America’s children (Eadlyn, Ahren, Kaden, and Osten Schreave) would be Ones too if the castes still existed. A position of power and respect and the very top of the caste system.

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  • Caste System Facts (1)

    Not much is known of how the caste system in Illéa started. Although it was hinted that people’s castes were based on the amount of money their family donated to the government during the first war with New Asia. When a character is first mentioned, there is generally a note made of what caste they are in. Eight is the lowest caste and One is the highest in The Selection Series.

    When the caste system first started, America's ancestors were sent a letter stating they were now Fives and their last names had been changed from “Cohen” to “Singer.”

    It is said that when a female gets married, they will take the caste of their husband. This is why Aspen did not want to marry America in the beginning of the story: he did not want to force her to move lower down the caste system, to a Six, and suffer what he was suffering.

    In the end of The One, Maxon Schreave is named King when his father was killed by Southern Rebels; he had been making plans to take down the Caste System, and he described to America that it was going to be a long process, starting with the Eights merging with the Sevens and so on.

    Carter and Marlee Woodwork had the honor of becoming the first casteless citizens before the abolishment of the castes was even publicly announced. Thus, their son Kile was among the first children in Illéa who were born without a caste.

    By the beginning of The Heir, the castes had been completely removed for a few years. The Illéan people actually rejoiced and celebrated about the removal of the castes, but King Maxon and Queen America then faced conflicts on the provinces because the labels were not removed in people’s minds.

    Nowadays, a lot of family names in Illéa reveal the previous caste of the family. Baden Trains probably comes from a family of Seven. Tavish Plowholder’s and Winslow Fields’s families might have been farmers and Paisley Fisher’s were probably fishers, thus Fours. Harrison Driver’s father might be a driver, thus a Six.

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