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N.A. Ratnayake

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Failure is not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
Gene Kranz
The Way of Kings
Brandon Sanderson
The First and Last Freedom
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Aldous Huxley

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.E. Vance Interesting perspective from poor white America, and a heartbreaking one. It reinforced my understanding that people would be much more aligned by class than by race in America if racial tribalism weren't being actively stoked by those in power (who have every reason to ensure that the masses do not unite against the wealthy). That said, this book is repetitive and lacks the level of profundity promised by the incredible hype surrounding it. It points out real problems that have everything to do with class and persistent structural wealth inequality caused by free-market capitalism -- problems which oppress poor whites in Appalachia and poor minorities in urban cities alike -- but seems to actively avoid directly drawing this conclusion. As such, the argument falls flat and ends up coming off a bit whiny and pretentious, which is a shame because the problems described are real and important.