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March 22 , 2010

The Dark Side of the Moon 2006

Observing America


About the Series The Dark Side of the Moon series is a chronological collection of observations on social, political and occasionally even personal subjects. Jim Freeman’s views of the American scene are salted with irony and lightly peppered by humor, a relief from the unending rants of the far left or far right and reasonably balanced by common sense. They’re here as Freeman wrote and published them at the time, unedited and without the benefit of hindsight. These books are food for thought and Freeman encourages readers to cut into them - use and abuse these books, dog-ear the pages, mark up with highlighter and write in the margins. Make them relevant, make them yours to refer to content that particularly pleased or infuriated you. The Dark Side of the Moon is a time-machine that brings the blur of events into focus and context. Mark Twain said “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” Jim Freeman uncovers that dark side and strives to shine light on it. About the 2006 Book (Volume 3 of the 5 Volume Series) 2006 was possibly the most pivotal year of the decade, with the wheels apparently coming off American military and civil society on a dizzying daily basis. This third segment of The Dark Side of the Moon series begins with the Senate’s consideration of Sam Alito’s fitness to join the Supreme Court and winds up, some 460 pages later with the Exxon’s Valdez oil spill lawsuit limping to completion after a 12 year swordfight. What else was going on, while America twisted in the wind of wars going badly and the fear-factor leading us away from common sense? Quite a lot, actually and The Dark Side of the Moon brings the year back into focus and sequence, (I hope) with an appropriate sense of humor and irony. Pivotal no doubt, but 2006 surely must also be counted among the most ironic years of the weird decade to which it belongs.
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