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Gerald Michael Butts is a Canadian political consultant who served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from November 4, 2015 until his resignation on February 18, 2019.
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An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - Aug 10, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Gerald Butts
Apr 29, 2021
@AWClimate It is a fantastic book.      source
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - Jan 12, 2021
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From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA student...
Gerald Butts
Feb 26, 2021
This book is so damn good. If you’re a writer — or an avid reader — every page is gold. #AmReading 📚      source
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What Hath God Wrought
The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States)
Daniel Walker Howe - Sep 23, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this Pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the...
Gerald Butts
Feb 15, 2021
@HeerJeet @CharlesPPierce Great book.      source
A Nation in Its Time
Helmut Walser Smith - Mar 17, 2020
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For nearly a century, historians have depicted Germany as a rabidly nationalist land, born in a sea of aggression. Not so, says Helmut Walser Smith, who, in this groundbreaking 500-year history—the first comprehensive volume to go well beyond World War II—challenges traditional perceptions of Germany’s conflicted past, revealing a nation far more t...
Gerald Butts
Feb 07, 2021
Here’s the book, for those who asked. Couldn’t recommend it more highly. It’s brilliant. #History      source
Shakespeare in a Divided America
What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
James Shapiro - Mar 10, 2020
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From leading scholar James Shapiro, a timely exploration of what Shakespeare's plays reveal about our divided land, from Revolutionary times to the present dayRead at school by almost every student, staged in theaters across the land, and long highly valued by both conservatives and liberals alike, Shakespeare's plays are rare common ground in the ...
Gerald Butts
Dec 31, 2020
Last book of 2020. Started with Shapiro’s Shakespeare in a Divided America (excellent btw). This one’s even more in keeping with the times. 📚 #AmReading      source
Grand Expectations
The United States, 1945-1974 (Oxford History of the United States |v X)
James T. Patterson - Nov 20, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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Beginning in 1945, America rocketed through a quarter-century of extraordinary economic growth, experiencing an amazing boom that soared to unimaginable heights in the 1960s. At one point, in the late 1940s, American workers produced 57 percent of the planet's steel, 62 percent of the oil, 80 percent of the automobiles. The U.S. then had three-four...
Gerald Butts
Dec 08, 2020
@MarkSwitzer66 The whole book is excellent. Grand Expectations.      source
How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Tom Holland - Oct 29, 2019
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A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus...
Gerald Butts
Jun 11, 2020
This is an excellent book. My favourite read of 2020 so far. Pick it up if you have space on your summer reading list.📚 📖      source
The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells - Mar 17, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a new afterwordIt is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible--food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.The Uninhabitable Earth is both a trave...
Gerald Butts
Mar 17, 2020
This is a terrific book. Not as depressing as it may sound, even oddly hopeful in the end. Great read if you suddenly have time on your hands.      source
A Hockey Life Like No Other
Ken Dryden - Oct 29, 2019
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERA hockey life like no other....
Gerald Butts
Nov 12, 2019
There is a former coach, now in his mid 80s, who defined the best of hockey for almost three generations. The GOAT (goalie of all time) just wrote a terrific book about him. Read “Scotty: A Hockey Life like No Other,” by Ken Dryden. 🏒 🇨🇦      source
The Future of Life
Edward O. Wilson - Mar 11, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save E...
Gerald Butts
Mar 07, 2019
While people are still paying attention for a moment, please consider reading this book. It changed the way I look at the world when I read it in the summer of 2003. Its beautifully written message had only gotten more urgent since.      source
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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark
The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation
Mary Janigan - Aug 27, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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The first big book on one of the most overlooked episodes in Canadian history, and the origin of today's greatest national debate, Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark relives the 1918 attempt by 3 premiers to wrest control of their natural resources away from Ottawa--and end their role as second-class provinces. The oil sands. Global warmin...
Gerald Butts
Feb 02, 2019
History refreshment weekend. I couldn’t recommend this @MaryJanigan book more highly. 🇨🇦      source