I wanted to get Rachael’s book. Then forgot about it. Thanks, Mark, for reminding me. There is a little gem of a book called The True Believer that was written way back in the early 1950s by Eric Hoffer.

A big chunk of Eric’s day job was as a longshoreman, but his insights about the psychology of mass movements(political and religious))is priceless. In it he says that the best and worst of society operate above the heads of the masses. Basically it means that the average Jane and Joe, because of their day to day needs, are more or less indifferent of the powers that rule over them.

Back in the days of President Johnson Eric was given the Presidential Metal of Freedom. If you haven’t already read The True Believer, it is a must.

By the way, Mark, if you have any family or friends whom are Civil War buffs, with Christmas coming you might want to give them my own gem of a book, Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis. It is the best single volume ever written of the war, but then again I might be slightly biased.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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