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Color Blind

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Color Blind: A white woman looks at the Negro
Halsey
1946

Submitter: The book I am submitting today caught my eye because of the sad state of the binding. It was very loose and very worn. It was the title page that peeked my curiosity. It details the author’s observation about race while working in a canteen during WW2. I could see this book being a good primary source, say for a scholar or a research library. A tiny public library? Not so much.

Holly: In 1946, this may have been a very candid, honest piece of writing. It is important that it be preserved somewhere. Keeping it on the dusty shelves of a tiny public library is disrespectful. Society has shed so much ignorance since this time that this is absolutely ridiculous – and yet, so, so, so important to preserve. It is dirty and broken, and should be sent to a facility where it can be appreciated for the time and place from which it came.

 

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Famous Negro Athletes

Famous Negro Athletes - cover

Famous Negro Athletes
Bontemps
1964

Submitter: I found this gem in the teen sports section of my local public library. I give them credit for including a woman. However, this screams “update me!”

Holly: Again, this belongs somewhere, but not in the teen section of your basic local public library. There are so many people missing from this volume! Also, this book pre-dates the deaths of these athletes. Only two are still alive at the time of this writing: Willie Mays and Jim Brown.

 

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Who’s Who in the USSR?

 

Who’s Who in the Soviet Union
1984

Submitter: To be honest, “Who’s Who” books are always something I’ve regarded as being somewhat irrelevant in the first place, but the fact that it’s so laughably out-of-date, on leaders of a country that no longer exists, just makes it all the better.  One of the things I love about this book is that scientists and people in the arts get some of the longest entries, while party officials largely receive only a few lines of text.  Interestingly a Google search turns up the following link related to Zhukov, which is supposed to come originally from the “Great Soviet Encyclopedia” from 1979 and is almost identical to this entry [below]. Assuming these entries are largely based on information gleaned from publications such as the “Great Soviet Encyclopedia” some of this information is probably not entirely accurate, or at the very least very out of date. So it may be time to weed this book from the reference section.

Holly: Yup, it’s time.

 

More Soviet Flashbacks:

Will the Soviet Union Survive?

Four Years Later: The Soviet Union

Break Out the Borscht!

High School Guide to Commies

In Soviet Russia, Libraries Weed You!

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