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My quick choice is James W. Loewen's Lies Across America: What Our Historical Sites Get Wrong starting, naturally enough, with Tennessee's own rewriting of the Fort Pillow Massacre.

Ah! Excellent choice.

Wow, I looked up Fort Pillow Massacre. I'd like to read that book and see how Tennessee deals with it.

Thanks for commenting, Riley :)

I like this one!

How about the script to "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"?

Bonus Trivia: To make his voice raspy for the filibuster scene, Jimmy Stewart dried out his throat with bicarbonate of soda.

Great idea. After you're done reading that, you might try:

1. The Rolling Stone article "Retaking America for Christ."

2. Katherine Yurica's articles on the Dominionist movement behind Justice Sunday.

3. The Family Research Council's senior writer Steven Schwalm's remarks supporting the filibuster seven years ago.

4. Not as appropriate, but needs to get out there: The May 2005 GQ article "The Next War Is Closer Than You Think," in which it's reported that BushCo passed up the chance to reopen relations with Iran in exchange for them dropping their uranium-enrichment program (I wouldn't link to my post but it's the only place I've found other than my Kos diary where a quote is online). On that note, Fresh Air had an excellent interview yesterday on A.Q. Kahn, Iran, etc.

Sorry to take up so much space, but some of these stories need coverage, so I advertise them whenever I can. And thanks for mentioning my blog. I always enjoy yours.

Thanks, Mark and Rob :)

Mark: When I picked Gantry, I worried that I'd have to do voices for the characters - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington would be even tougher. I would demand access to wardrobe changing facilities in addition to the bicarb.

Rob: Isn't Yurica's stuff scary? With that list, you should get to Princeton. You can take the overnight shifts.

I was happy with my choice until I read your inspired choice of Elmer Gantry. But, I chose the Federalit Papers, particularly #78, which warns about the electoral tyranny of a majority controlled legislative body that is our risk when there is no independent judiciary.

If I could pick two items, though, one fiction and one non-fiction, I'd add a the Great Santini. The main character is authoritarian dad who embodies the worst of the Republican majority. And I think Pat Conroy's writing is positively lyrical so it would be a pleasure to read.

Hey, Kathy :) Good one. #78 should be read every several hours and passed out to spectators!

I haven't read any Conroy but Beach Music . I thought parts of it were absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable.

Thanks for the recommended readings. I'll try to share these with the readers here at Princeton. If anyone is in the Princeton area, they should stop by, we always love the support.

More info at FilibusterFrist.com

The Child Buyer, by John Hersey

Hi Riggs: It is also a great lesson in manipulation; of being fed the company line and buying it. A town is turned from their instinctual feeling of what is wrong to accepting the manipulation of a 'higher authority'. This book was written over forty years ago, but the conversations it provokes are very much relevant (and unsolved) today.

I got that the Child Buyer link. I wish that message would get out.

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