Framing the Dialogue

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No Dawn For Men

No dawn for menImagine a novel featuring J.R.R. Tolkien, dwarves, sword fighting, tall thin figures on carved out boats, and even an evil empire feeling its way across the world. No Dawn for Men even has one of the characters journeying to destroy a not so secret talisman before the evil empire can get their hands on the prize.  I know this may sound familiar and the similarities didn’t really strike me right away.  In this story the evil empire is Adolf Hitler and the roving hoard are the Nazis.  To add some spice author James Lepore included Ian Fleming as a spy from Great Britain.  Oh and there is the beautiful woman.

The Monuments Men

monuments men“Even at the moment he knelt before his mother’s grave on his second day as ruler of Austria, Nazi SS troops under the command of Heinrich Himmler were using those laws to arrest the Jewish patriarchy of Vienna and seize their property for the Reich.  The SS knew where the artwork was hidden; they had a list of everything.  Years earlier, German art scholars had begun visiting the countries of Europe, secretly preparing inventories so that when Hitler conquered each country – oh yes, he had been preparing for conquest even then – his agents would know the name and location of every important object of artistic and cultural value.”

Hyperbole (hi-pûr-bi-lee)

Hyperbole is defined as:

  1. A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
  2. An obvious and intentional exaggeration.
  3. An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally

Synonyms: exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification

Popular liberal hyperbole subjects: Hitler, racist, social security, guns, abortion, voter ????, Hitler (they really like this one), the rich, and a new favorite Egypt’s president Mubarak.

Consent To Kill

“…politicians were all that way.  They honestly believed in their personal power of persuasion.  These were the men and women who never stopped campaigning.  Every dry cleaner, bar, and cafe they stopped in, every golf outing and fund raiser they hit, they shook hands, smiled, remembered an amazing number of names and convinced people though nothing more thatn their personality that they were likable.  These men and women excelled in politics.  They were willing to make to make concessions and be flexible so others thought them reasonable.  On the international stage, though, these types got taken to the cleaners.  Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister at the onset of WWII, was the classic modern example.  He had met Hitler, looked him in the eye, made him laugh, and concluded that he was a decent chap despite the evidence to the contrary that had been provided by the British intelligence services.  Hitler took Chamberlain for a fool and played him through the occupation of Austria, the invasion of Poland, and right on up to the invasion of France.  Somehow Hitler had been able to resist the irresistible charm of Chamberlain.”