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First sentence of author's note (p xvii): Many of my books have focused on big-picture topics: major wars, an expansionist president, a controversial general, and the four men to hold the five-star rank of fleet admiral in the United States Navy.

First sentence of prologue (p xxi): For one family, in a working-class neighborhood nestled along the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, the smattering of Christmas lights brought no holiday cheer.

First sentence of actual story (p 3): In a world at peace, there did not seem to be any particular danger to brothers serving on warships.


Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona, by Walter R Borneman
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God Can Move Mountains: The Story of the Christian Appalachian Project, by Father Ralph W. Beiting
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The Widening Gyre by Robert P. Parker (1983)
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'That nigger going down the street,' said Dr Hasselbacher standing in the Wonder Bar, 'he reminds me of you, Mr Wormold.'
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

I'd forgotten how good Graham Greene is. In future I shan't bother with any other writer for fiction of this type.

(I'd decided to post in this thread before recalling that the first sentence of this 1958 novel has the N____ word. I wonder how sensitive today's readers are to that.)
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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, by Andrew Blum.
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There There by Tommy Orange (2018)

"Drome" refers to fetal alcohol syndrome, which changed the narrator in ways he doesn't fully understand or like.
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"We will have achieved much for the scientific study of aesthetics when we come, not merely to a logical understanding, but also to the certain and immediate apprehension of the fact that the further development of art is bound up with the duality of the Apollonian and the Dionysian, just as reproduction similarly depends upon the duality of the sexes, their continuing strife and only periodically occurring reconciliation."

The Birth of Tragedy
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"In extent, the kingdom to which Edward returned in 1042 after nearly thirty years of exile differed more from the realm inherited by his grandfather, Edgar, than from the England we know today."

1066: The Story of a Year, by Denis Butler
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