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Of Strife and Speeches
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Of Strife and Speeches

A New Birth of Freedom: Lincoln at Gettysburg by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr.; Little, Brown; Boston.

On November 19, 1863, after Edward Everett had completed a now-forgotten oration of almost two hours at the dedication of a national cemetery on

The Reel World & the Real One
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The Reel World & the Real One

Robots: Facts Behind the Fiction by Michael Chester; Macmillan; New York.

An associate, a PR representative for a leading manufacturer of industrial robots, did what fathers are want to do when their children come home from school with projects, in

Scuttling Ship
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Scuttling Ship

Gods of Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer; G. P. Putnam’s Sons; New York.

In 1971 Philip Jose Farmer published To Your Scattered Bodies Go. With it, Farmer launched, figuratively speaking, what has become known to science fiction devotees as

From Berlin to Beruit
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From Berlin to Beruit

In the Land of Israel by Amos Oz; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; San Diego.

According to numerous speculative historians and novelists, Hitler did not die in a Berlin bunker almost 40 years ago. He escaped, they theorize, to Brazil—or Argentina, or

Facing the Mystery of Faith
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Facing the Mystery of Faith

Cold Heaven by Brian Moore; Holt, Rinehart & Winston; New York.

That the supernatural is alive and well is the animating principle of Brian Moore’s tour de force Cold Heaven. He makes no attempt to rob this idea of