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The Election of 1860: "A Campaign Fraught with Consequences"
Michael F. Holt
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The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental
John Torpey

Getting around at last to an SF classic

Foundation (Foundation, #1) - Isaac Asimov

This is a book that I first tried reading decades ago, but I just couldn’t get into it at the time. Perhaps it was for the best, because returning to it now allowed me to appreciate aspects of the book I wouldn’t have when I was younger, such as Asimov’s engagement with religion and his faith in a technocratic elite. The enduring richness of these concepts was more than enough to get me through the bits that look increasingly daft today (such as the fetishization of “nuclear technology” and the near-total absence of women from his narrative) and to finish it eager to read the next book in his series.