By Neal Ascherson
In this learn of the fateful encounters among Europe and Asia at the beaches of a mythical sea, Neal Ascherson explores the disputed that means of neighborhood, nationhood, heritage, and tradition in a zone recognized for its dramatic conflicts. What makes the again Sea cultures unique, Ascherson agrues, is the way in which their comonent components got here jointly over the millennia to form exact groups, languages, religions, and alternate. As he exhibits with ability and persuasiveness, Black Sea styles within the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, and Greece have associated the peoples of Europe and Asia jointly for centuries.
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When he heard that the school was already filled for the next term, he wrote directly to Rev erend Dwight Moody. “Can’t we send him to live in the village where he can have the advantages of the school and enter regularly when there is a vacancy? ” Moody relented and Howard Thurston was sent to Mount Hermon on Sep tember 15, 1887. He was student number 507. Considering that Thurston had been feeling the itch to run from New York, his admission to Moody’s school was an astonishing second chance for a boy who had been holding on tightly but, much like poor Reddy Cadger, was ready to tumble onto the tracks.
Howard Thurston spent fifteen cents on a streetcar to Wyandotte, Michi gan. At six o’clock that evening, he gave his first professional performance, standing on a box in front of a store, trying to catch the eye of people hurrying home from work. It was such a failure that the next day, when he walked to Detroit, he remembered his prayers and asked God for guidance. As he looked 44 THE LAST GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD up, he saw a pitchman selling wire potato peelers. The man showed him how the peelers were made and boasted of how much money he managed to pro cure.