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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr. by Marion Barry, Omar Tyree

Synopsis: A very interesting and impressive memoir on the life of Washington D.C’s popular Mayor Marion Barry.

Writing Style: Very engaging, personable writing.

Pacing: Uniquely moderate (repetitively paced).

Premise: A lesson on government, struggle, and serving the people living and working in the Nation’s Capitol.

Personal Highlights: Realizing the depth of the personal success stories Mayor Barry created and championed, and seeing the scope of the structural foundation he built around the Nation’s Capitol were most notable, and amazing... even more vivid and amazing than his earning a CHEM degree and being a trailblazer of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) where he was its first chairman.

Overall, outside of his gregarious nature and aside of his personal choices, which were hard to criticize given the “laws of physics” functioning at this optimum level, this was one of the most prolific “in rare air” stories I’ve read to date. Amazing. An absolute must. Highly recommended.

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