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The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
Vanda Krefft
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 192/520 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 187 pages.

Survival in Auschwitz - Primo Levi, Stuart J. Woolf, Philip Roth

This is the most profound meditation on human suffering that I have ever read. I wasn't expecting this when I started it; I thought it would be a fairly straightforward account of Primo Levi's time in the concentration camps. This is definitely the focus of the book, but Levi uses it to consider the ways in which people face and overcome the depths of misery. It adds greatly to the power of the book, offering a perspective on life that relatively few of us have ever had to experience -- which, based on his description, is something for which we should be extraordinarily grateful.