On the podcast, author Buzz Bissinger on death and redemption
Four of my great-uncles were on Guadalcanal. Not sure if any of them were still there in 1944. (One in the Marines, one in the Seabees, another in the Navy, and one in the Army.) After the death of the Sullivan Brothers, they got a big write-up in Stars and Stripes.
At the end of the podcast, you said that Trump stayed just long enough to give himself something to complain about. To be fair, Trudeau insulted him (quite clearly), so I don't think it's fair to say Trump was looking for trouble. Our PM took the opportunity to make a virtue-signalling snide remark after he thought Trump was out of earshot and got called on it. Like Trump or hate him, fair is fair. I also found the "I'm leaving America if 'X' is elected" by the author to be distasteful. Who does he think he is, a Baldwin?
I read A Prayer for the City 20 years ago, and even now, I can vividly remember the immense satisfaction and absorption of that experience. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and led me to seek out other deep, journalism-style books about US cities and towns. Other great books on a similar type: Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff and Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Faye Greene.