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One-Fifth of a Book Review

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No, this isn’t another post about my new novel (although your clicking this link will cost you nothing and will help me get noticed by the Amazon algo code). It’s about a different tome. A number of weeks ago, I saw there was a new book coming out, written by a Marxist, which was a take-down of the entire capitalist system. It focused on what the author considered the absolute epicenter of all evil, and he named the book after this place: Palo Alto. Naturally, I could not resist pre-ordering the book, and it arrived on my doorstep in Durham while I was there. I have been devouring the book ever since, but I’m only about one-fifth of the way through it, since it’s a monster. I am up to the year 1920 at this point (merely 20% of the way into the book!) and, although I’ve found a couple of trifling errors in the book (such as the suggestion that Crescent Park, ,my neighborhood, was basically the ghetto of the town, even though it was only a few specific streets, including my own), it is in general a marvelous read. I’m sure I’ll do a review of it once I’m totally done, but if, like me, you know you want to read it, you can click here if you’re interested in getting this mesmerizing book.