Friday, March 1, 2013

Two Book Covers

I had once seen the one on the left on CounterPunch, had been since looking to find it again, only succeeding today. I was and am intrigued by the lovely painting that graces its cover. The Three Graces of the Ancients are clearly implied, but given a uniquely American context. Also coming to mind is the most fascinating chapter of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, titled "The Present and Probable Future Condition of the Three Races that Inhabit the Territory of the United States."

On the right is a book I had never heard of, which I found researching the other volume, with which it shares an author. It informs us that "Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War" and mentions "the role of the international communists in opposing European recognition of the Confederacy," two very telling facts.

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