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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:47 pm 
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Most of my pleasure reading is science fiction and fantasy, but I recently saw reviews of two non-fiction books that have attracted my interest.

The first is The Color of Law, which recounts how much de facto current racial segregation is readily traceable to de jure racial segregation that lasted far longer than I'd realized. The book also makes the economic case that this legal segregation remains a significant cause of segregation in housing today.

The second is How Democracies Die. I found the first customer review particularly interesting. The book articulates thoughts I've been having trouble expressing -- why political developments over the last decade or so have been, in my view, so destructive to the Republic because they have been attacking social norms that are an important underpinning of our democracy.

I haven't yet read either book. But I strongly suspect I will do so sooner rather than later. --Bob

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Both my book clubs have made a conscious effort to read at least as much fiction as non-fiction because the latter was getting to be so depressing.

We just read Small Great Things. It was depressing in the beginning but improved as people learned and attitudes changed.

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