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Tower of Iron Will

All who enter the Tower regain 100 sanity points.

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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Randall Munroe, James Foreman, K. Sekelsky, Camron Miller, John Chernega, David Michael Wharton, K.M. Lawrence, Jeffrey C. Wells, Vera Brosgol, Kit Yona, J. Jack Unrau, Jeff Stautz, Aaron Diaz, Matthew Bennardo, Yahtzee Croshaw, Douglas J. Lane, Brian Quinlan, Kate Beaton
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America - Thomas Frank Books of political outrage have a short shelf life because whatever outrage the author is enraged about is quickly eclipsed by the next outrage. Thomas Frank was outraged by the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004. What saves this book from being another here-and-gone current events polemic is that Frank tries to understand how the mid-west went from being the radical base of left-wing candidates like Eugene V. Debs and William Jennings Bryant to being solidly Republican.

Like many Democrats Frank believes that big-business Republicans have hoodwinked farmers and working-class citizens into voting against their own self-interest with empty rhetoric about religion and patriotism. Of course wealthy Democrats are in theory also voting against their self-interest when they vote for increased taxes on themselves to fund social programs for the poor, but that is a entirely different matter.