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Excerpts from 'Fools, Drunks, and the United States': August 12 1941

Excerpts from 'Fools, Drunks, and the United States': August 12 1941

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A series of selections as preview of Mr Pyle’s 2011 ‘Fools, Drunks, and the United States’: August 12, 1941. Amazon UK, http://tinyurl.com/7ja4dg7; Amazon US, http://tinyurl.com/78akkal; paperback on demand, http://tinyurl.com/bvzcyls.
A series of selections as preview of Mr Pyle’s 2011 ‘Fools, Drunks, and the United States’: August 12, 1941. Amazon UK, http://tinyurl.com/7ja4dg7; Amazon US, http://tinyurl.com/78akkal; paperback on demand, http://tinyurl.com/bvzcyls.

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“Fools, Drunks, and the United States”  Auust !", !#$!
%arkham Sha& 'le
 A apton ooks *istor Selection
 
Foreword
In
 Plain Tales from the Hills,
in the story “A Germ Destroyer,” Kipling wrote, Once in every five years, as you know, we indent for a new iceroy! and each iceroy imports, with the rest of his  "aggage, a #rivate $ecretary, who may or may not "e the real iceroy, %ust as &ate ordains' &ate looks after the Indian (mpire "ecause it is so "ig and so helpless' )hat was in *+++' &or some forty years "efore that, the remark that “God” or “a special #rovidence”- “looks after fools, drunk.ard/s, .children,/ and the 0nited $tates” had "een, in one or another form, common currency' It had "een attri"uted to all sorts of people, from the #ortuguese diplomat and statesman the A""1 2orrea 3os1 2orreia da $erra- to, eventually, 4ismarck'  5one of the distinguished men on whom that 6uotation has "een fathered ever said it' 5o one knows who first did' 4ut the point is the same as the point of this work7 that it was "elieved to encapsulate a profound truth, uttered "y some great statesman, and it was treated as "eing "oth well8sourced and worth repeating' #erception, not for the first time, drove reality7 especially political reality' &or that reason, it furnishes, I think aptly, "oth a theme, and the title, of this "ook'
 
“There’s good news tonight”
August *9, *:;*, was a )uesday' It was the feast of $t' 2lare, and, in Auschwit<, that 2onventual &ranciscan, &ather =a>imilian Kol"e, was less than forty8eight hours from eternity, in the last days of his martyrdom' ?is life "efore the war had included a mission to 3apan' In  5agasaki, he had erected a monastery, on a site that was considered  "y the locals to "e geomantically “inauspicious”7 "ad
 feng shui,  fūsui
hûsui
- in 3apanese
.
 5one of this was in the American mind on August *9, *:;*' On August *9, *:;*, Americans were "eing pulled slowly out of the Great Depression' )he 5ew Dealers attri"uted this to government  programs and Keynesian economics' =en and women who had left the ruins of Dust 4owl farms! the %erkwater, one8horse towns of rural America in all sections and regions! the Appalachian

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