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Believe It or Not Believe It

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[...] the book as a whole adds up to absolutely nothing- as, frankly, do all the books in this new genre- and I have to say I find this all somewhat depressing. [...] perhaps he would have done well, in choosing this comparison, to have reflected on the sheer strangeness, and the significance, of the historical and cultural changes that made it possible in the first place for the death of a common man at the hands of a duly appointed legal authority to become the captivating center of an entire civilization's moral and aesthetic contemplations- and for the deaths of all common men and women perhaps to be invested thereby with a gravity that the ancient order would never have accorded them.

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