James Carroll's An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came PDF
By James Carroll
An American Requiem is the tale of 1 man's coming of age. yet greater than that, it's a coming to phrases with the conflicts that disrupted many households, causing own wounds that have been additionally social, political, and non secular. Carroll grew up in a Catholic kinfolk that appeared blessed. His father had deserted his personal dream of turning into a clergyman to upward push during the ranks of Hoover's FBI after which turn into probably the most strong males within the Pentagon, the founding father of the protection Intelligence business enterprise. younger Jim lived the privileged lifetime of a general's son, courting the daughter of a vice chairman and assembly the pope, all within the shadow of nuclear warfare, looking ahead to the purple phone to ring in his parents' residence. He worshiped his father until eventually Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights circulation, turmoil within the Catholic Church, after which Vietnam mixed to outweigh the bond among father and son. those have been matters on which they might by no means agree. simply after Carroll left the priesthood to develop into a author and husband with youngsters of his personal did he come to appreciate absolutely the struggles his father had confronted. during this paintings of nonfiction, the best-selling novelist attracts at the abilities he honed with 9 much-admired novels to inform the tale he was once, actually, born to inform. An American Requiem is a benediction on his father's lief, his family's struggles, and the legacies of a whole iteration.
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Diodorus records that Gelon's Syracusan cavalry were able to infiltrate Hamilcar's camp by a ruse, and cut down the Carthaginian- general as he sacrificed to Poseidon (Diod. Sic. 20- 22). Herodotus, by contrast, favoured the remarkable tale that Hamilcar vanished during the final battle with the Syracusans and was never seen again. By a coincidence of the sort that fascinated Greek historians, Hamilcar was defeated on the very day that Xerxes and the Persians were repulsed at Salamis (Hdt·7· 166 -7)· For several generations afterwards, the Carthaginians remained disinclined to dabble in Sicilian affairs, although they maintained an interest in the north--west corner of the island, around the towns of Motya and Panormus.
The Persians had failed to storm the town during their retreat from Greece in 479 BC, but this was largely down to the incompetence of their commander (Hdt. 126-9). The Athenians adopted a different tack: two blockading walls were constructed, one to the north of the town and one to the south, completely barring the isthmus, and naval patrols watched both coasts (Thuc. 64). Unfortunately, the town proved surprisingly stubborn; in the second year of the siege, fresh forces from Athens made a vain attempt to storm the place using 'machines' (a word which Thucydides often uses to mean ladders), but their failure was compounded by an outbreak of plague and, after 40 days, they withdrew again (Thuc.
A similar strategy was 'followed at Himera, where 'he camped 44 SIEGE WARFARE IN THE TIME OF DIONYSIUS I around the city' (Diod. Sic. 6) before setting his machines to shake the walls at several different locations. Although no siege towers were deployed, 'he also undermined the wall and put wood under as a support, and when this was set on fire a long section of the walls suddenly fell down' (Diod. Sic. 8); such chilling efficiency contrasts with Hamilcar's failed siege of the same town in 480 BC.
An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us by James Carroll