Yu XIAO XIAO de Bretteville-le-Rabet, France
The book begins with a disheartening quote: "They [Indians] brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded anything they owned...They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane...they would make fine servants...With fifty men we could sujugate them all and make them do whatever we want." Christopher Columbus Then slavery, Trail of Tears, Spalish War, Industrial Revolution I identified with Hellen Keller's election blues, "we choose between twedelldee and twedelldum..." It got me in touch with some rage. Even so called "liberal" administrations such as the Kennedy era were full of dirty deeds done cheap. I dislike J.P Morgan's overfed child "Chase Bank." I hate Rockefeller (although that is a good name for an elephant). Blast you dirty east coast! Despite the sort of despondent reaction I had to the book I eventually recovered. I am back to thinking that there will always be a positive / negative equillibrium.