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Steve Schale is a political strategist in Florida. He was the State Director for the Barack Obama campaign in Florida, managing Obama's 2008 effort in the state, and served as a Florida Senior Advisor in 2012.
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The Places In Between
Rory Stewart - May 08, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night h...
Steve Schale
Aug 15, 2021
One great & fascinating read if you are looking to better understand Afghanistan as a place is Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between. Stewart literally walked across the nation after the initial phase of the war.      source
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Max Roser
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The Children
David Halberstam - Mar 30, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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The Children is Halberstam's moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen thru the story of the young people--the Children--who met in the 60s & went on to lead the revolution. Magisterial in scope, with a strong you-are-there quality, The Children is a story one of America's preeminent journalists has waited years to wr...
Steve Schale
Jul 18, 2020
One of my all time favorite books. I wish Halberstam was still alive.      source
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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
Joshua Hammer - Apr 04, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post).In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara...
Steve Schale
Nov 28, 2019
Took me 2 months to get thru book 16 of 2019. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of Timbuktu, and Joshua Hammer’s book is an epic tale of how much of that history was saved during the Al Qaeda occupation of the city in 2012-13. It’s a really great read.      source
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Tim O’Reilly
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Promise Me, Dad
A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Joe Biden - Nov 14, 2017
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A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thank...
Steve Schale
Jul 09, 2019
@DavidLauter @pkcapitol I know I’m a Biden fan, but his book about Beau is a legit good read. A true story of father’s love for his boy.      source