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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - Dee Brown

A sweeping work of history, which I would have enjoyed even more if I were better with names. Brown recounts the interactions between native Americans and European immigrants almost as a series of episodes, and if you don't keep the names straight, it can sound a lot like the same things happening over & over again. Of course, that's because it was, but still it doesn't help make for an interesting read. In the second half, though, the narrative seems to have more texture, and quite a few individuals really begin to stand out.

It's powerful to hear everything told from the perspective of the Indians, even down to the names of the generals & other whites involved. There's an immersive aspect to this approach, which is really well suited to an "alternate" history. (Alternate to the mainstream telling, I mean—I'm certainly not implying that it's anything less than as accurate as Brown could make it.) I came away from it having not just more (and more accurate) knowledge, but also having a deeper, truer understanding of the injustice which was such a large part of our nation's development.