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Teachers of Destruction!

Teachers of Destruction: Their Plans for a Socialist Revolution
Widener
1970

Submitter: The title alone [is awful]; a play on words but quite grave. I’m pretty sure we’d all know to be scared of “stormtroopers of destruction” or “zombies of destruction,” or even “sharks of destruction,” but teachers? Definitely didn’t see that coming, very sneaky.

Some subheadings and quotes:

“some capitalists even back Hitler” to explain businesses who support “leftist” causes.

“While comfortable, complacent Americans went to church or played golf, or lolled around at home reading papers or watching television Sunday morning, a Black Power panel session took place at the Socialist Scholars Conference. ”

As an “eyewitness” (stated in the title), Widener “overhears” most of the things she reports on, there are no footnotes, she didn’t interview anyone associated with these secret and open meetings, in fact it seems she didn’t even bring a tape recorder.

Commenting on the fashion choices of attendees of a conference: “There were no old ladies in tennis shoes at the Princeton University SDS conference.”

Holly: I’m surprised this got published at all, with such questionable “sources” (by The Citizens Evaluation Institute, whatever that is/was). I’m even  more surprised it stayed on the shelf of the academic library where it was found for this long. Oh wait, “But it’s historical!” Of course it is. Now recycle it.

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Senior Travel

Travel Easy
The Practical Guide for People Over 50
Massow
1985

Lucky for me I am over fifty and I have decided that maybe I need a vacation! (I don’t think Labor Day is going to be enough.) Lucky for me, I found this awesome book from 1985. I took the mini quiz and decided I can handle traveling alone. (The idea of hanging around other seniors while we tour some exotic location is not my idea of a vacation.)  Travel information goes stale quickly. After the holiday weekend, go over to the travel section and do some fall cleaning.

Enjoy Labor Day everyone. Don’t worry, all your regulars will be there waiting for you to fix their problems on Tuesday.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: An Original Sin

An Original Sin
Bangs
1999

I have no idea if this book is any good. I am not much of a fantasy/time travel romance person. Therefore, I will leave it to others to discuss the literary merit of this book. Most of the reviews I looked at were pretty positive. The basic setup is that a woman from the future and a man from the past (18th century Scotland) find themselves in bed in the year 2000.  Scottish dialect, lots of sex, and a bad haircut are featured. I had no idea that the mullet was native to 18th century Scotland.  Hopefully, someone takes our hero to a barber shop asap.

Mary

 

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