So I was looking for that Garry Wills book on John Wayne. (Long story.) I didn't find it. I found this instead:
Oh yes. A Garry Wills book about the impending RACE WAR. Written in 1967, when he was 33. You have to see the back cover:
To be fair, the book seems to be fair, if you assume the possibility of a racial American civil war in 1968 is fair. Since I only existed as a distant (but more hopeful) possibility myself at the time, it's a little beyond my range of experience.
But I knew I needed this book when the random page test gave me this paragraph to read:
Frank Rizzo's father came from Italy, and became a cop. So did Frank. "We were in a minority group," he says now; "but I was brought up to respect the police." He was a tough idealistic captain, widely admired and feared, with a passion for police competence. (He is very proud of the fact that three armed bank robbers who made the mistake, last year, of firing on his men were all three killed before they reached the door, and no bystanders were hurt. It was all over in ten seconds.)Ah, Philadelphia. I suppose other cities have called airstrikes on themselves, maybe, but what I want to know is, where did they get the bomb to drop in the first place? I think this book might provide me with vital clues to discovering that answer. Another random page test had a general discussing the differences in the types and application of tear gas on urban rioters. SWEET.