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American Lightning

A book in literature by Howard Blum

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Great tale of a time not too long ago, but some of the struggles are still with us today.

  • Jan 6, 2009
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I found that in his quick summary, and what he put in his book, makes me want to do an in depth study of that time and what had happened. It was a dispute between big labor, money, and greed of lust and power. 

It starts in 1909, with the beginning of Los Angeles. Los Angeles starts with bombs and violence. It's an investigating, journalistic study of the start of a huge center of media capital in the world to be. It forms just like any other city, with feuding, contentious labor unions, strikes, and violence. Turmoil forms Los Angeles, and lust runs it. 

It reminds me of a school book, where they don't go into explicit detail but it makes you want to go and do research on books that go into further detail on the subject. The book acts as a powerful gateway tool for historical study. It was also based on true events which add a realistic, easier engrossing feel. 

This book shows you the real side of history, there is no hero, it is as formulaic as a congress meeting. It seems the book delineates that you should use violence to get a point across, which is not promoting, but making example of what happens in the real world. The government here is always pointing fingers and wanting change and a scapegoat for their actions, not much has changed in 80 years it seems. 

There is really not anything negative to say about it, it was laid out in a "easy-to-digest" way, although it does expose early America for what it was, and in that respect, it is disappointing to think we still haven't changed or evolved for the better since. It's sad to say we are still, presently, lovers of hate and haters of love.

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Author: Howard Blum
Genre: Mystery, Literature

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