Finished reading Volume 1 of The Glory and the Dream, the third book I read this year. It is a breathtaking book about ups and downs in the history of USA, from The Great Depression and New Deal in 1930s, to the Pearl Harbor attack. W Manchester added many details to this book, like girls' hair styles and price of sexual workers, which make it very interesting. The Glory and the Dream records many dark sides of the history of America, say, the unbelievably ruthless repression against labor movements and bloody assassination. But I think this symbolizes the cultural confidence of USA. It is the process of facing and correcting errors made USA a great country. I think this set of books is "a huge river, and every drip in it can nurture your mind."