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The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

Committed general and academic readers will benefit from taking in this well-written and -researched study in its entirety, partly for setting the Adams' legacy straight, and additionally for the implications the story has on modern politics.

Revolutionary: George Washington at War

O'Connell debunks myths and explains motives, shortcomings, and misperceptions in this historical saga that will engage both general and academic readers.

New Views on the Monarchy | History Reviews, December 2018

Native Stories | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2018

New Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic

Portraits of Cuba | History Reviews

World Maps, the Global Economy, Exploring the American Revolution | Reference Reviews

Ancient Egypt | History Reviews

Three Titles Advance the Life of Frederick Douglass

Fresh Takes on Historic Jamestown | History Reviews

Latin American History, October 2018 | Best Sellers

Land of the Rising Sun: Japan History and More | Collection Development

U.S. History, September 2018 | Best Sellers

The Path to Vietnam | History Reviews

African History, August 2018 | Best Sellers

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1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies

With a skeptic's keen eye, Vinen provides a greater understanding of the time that all readers can appreciate.
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The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul

A fine choice as an introduction to the election and for those who enjoyed Lawrence O'Donnell's Playing with Fire or Michael Cohen's American Maelstrom.
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The Romanov Empress

A solid recommendation for readers of historical fiction, especially those who favor the lives of kings and queens. [July 16 marks the centennial of the murder of Tsar Nicholas and his family by the Bolsheviks.—Ed.]
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Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen

Highly recommended for fans of the period. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/17.]
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Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

Raw in perspective, this challenging memoir of religious fanaticism never adequately addresses the nagging question: Was Zuman a victim, or did she freely seek the group out because she was looking for the experiences Zendik promised to provide?
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Jesus in Asia

Sugirtharajah's scope and analysis is a necessary corrective, reminding us that any reimagining of Jesus is speculative. Yet such speculation may throw new light on what propelled the first Gospel writers.
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The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson

Hauerwas brings to this study a certain intimacy rarely found in books about ethics. Recommended for those interested in the pursuit of ethics.
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Why We Need Religion

A fascinating if unsettling read for those interested in religion or science. Asma seems to suggest that humans are a deeply flawed species, stuck between the inductive of searching for truth and the imperative for survival.
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Integral Buddhism: And the Future of Spirituality

Those already acquainted with Wilber's integral theory will find this work expands on those ideas. However, this portrayal of Buddhism is one most would not recognize and has little interaction with science.
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Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States

Although the tone is academic in structure, the writing remains both accessible and thought provoking. A worthy conversation for all readers.
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No Recipe: Cooking as Spiritual Practice

Some might lament that there are no recipes included as Brown's loving re-creations of cooking will stir a literal as well as metaphorical hunger in readers.
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Crippled Grace: Disability, Virtue Ethics, and the Good Life

Clifton's advocacy is clear-eyed and piercing; theory and practice melded to provide a fuller expression of what it is to be human.
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Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics

This book is fascinating in its command of Indian politics and religion, especially as represented in historical texts; it presumes a certain foreknowledge of Hinduism in order to be fully appreciated. For Doniger fans, another keeper.
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The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist

Although Shields can be faulted for some generalizations (for example, most don't view the 1960s women's liberation movement as freedom from restrictive clothing), she allows readers an extended reflection on our notions of self.
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Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins: New Light on Ancient Texts and Communities

Joseph's careful analysis could be useful for biblical scholars and students in reconstructing some aspects of the historical Jesus.
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Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties

This compelling account of two giants of their time will find a wide audience among historians and informed general readers. See David Goldfield's The Gifted Generation for a view of Eisenhower as a stronger civil rights president.
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Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

A compulsively readable account of an otherwise unfamiliar royal family. Goldstone writes with knowledge, humor, and ease—a masterly storyteller who steers clear of overly academic language. Ideal for amateur Tudor historians who wish to be introduced to a lesser-known yet equally fascinating royal family.
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Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy That Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court

An eminently readable portrait of a fascinating woman. Highly recommended for readers of biography and Tudor history.
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The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower: In War and Peace is more comprehensive, but Hitchcock impressively recasts Eisenhower and his era as more dynamic than their historical reputations.
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Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

For informed readers interested in the lives of women and cultural changes of the mid-20th century.
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The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966

While Nobel Prize winner Dylan has always maintained a distinct celebrity, Merton's renown has dimmed somewhat, and it's nice to see this crusader for world peace introduced to a new generation of readers in such an intriguing way.
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Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China

Lian Xi honors this spirited and courageous young woman with an enlightening biography of her life and troubled times.
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In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared To Break the Rules

A lively and informative work that would be a valuable addition to all library collections. The variety of women and careers featured here will also appeal to YA readers.
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Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Dean's title is engaging and well written, but one cannot help but wish that more women of color had received attention. With that in mind, this work may be of interest to readers who enjoy biography, literary criticism, and women's or cultural history.
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Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

Moving from paradigm-shifting art to the more bizarre corners of the counterculture, this book illuminates a lesser-known portion of the tumultuous cultural history of America during the late Sixties. [See Prepub Alert, 10/4/17.]
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Hendrix: The lllustrated Story

This colorful, plush-bound tome should not be the first Hendrix book to buy, but it will please patrons with an interest in the musician's life and work.
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She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It

A recommended purchase that will provide readers with ideas for further research and questions about these extraordinary women left out of our history books.
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Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

This book will lend itself to casual browsing as well as a more serious study of successful, intersectional grassroots organizing.
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Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom

An enlightening analysis of the relationship between black nationalism and feminism. Recommended for scholars interested in the subject.
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The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women's Liberation

Much like a museum exhibition, this collection uses accessible text and rich visual materials that invite readers to explore in a nonlinear fashion. It will appeal to both those deeply familiar with the topic as well as beginners of this influential moment in feminist history.
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Women & Power: A Manifesto

Although many readers might have already encountered earlier editions of these pieces, this volume remains a fresh presentation of thoughtful political commentary from a historical and feminist perspective.
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The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty

Of interest to high school and college students.
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Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past

Upper-level high school students and undergraduates will find this a useful option.
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Blood on the Stage, 1800 to 1900: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

This specialty resource offers a window into the theatergoing experience of the time. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries seeking to develop their theater history collections.
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Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900

Recommended for those interested in women artists or 19th-century art.
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Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street

Readers will kick up their heels over this title, recommended as the perfect complement to author's earlier book.
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I, Eliza Hamilton

Scott's devotion to research is evident, and those who enjoy learning about history through fiction should find this to be a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple.
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Enchantress of Numbers

After a slow start, Chiaverini (Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker) deftly draws a compelling study of a complicated woman whose relationship with her mother was equally complex. This will appeal to those interested in women in science and the dawn of the Victorian age. [See Prepub Alert, 7/26/17; "Editors' Fall Picks, LJ 9/1/17.]
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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

A powerful work that adds value and insight to any collection. Fans of Burns and Ward will be awed by their mastery in creating an accurate, thorough historical narrative.
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The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle To Survive the Vietnam War

We are finally ready to learn more about Vietnam, and no book tells the story better than this one.
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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies

Fans of Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures and Andrew Hodges's Alan Turing: The Enigma will enjoy this carefully researched story of a smart and loyal but overlooked woman. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/17.]
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The Indigo Girl

Romance author Boyd's (Eversea) first historical novel captivates on every level, refreshingly crafting the 18th-century world of real-life Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–93). Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things will savor.
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Birdcage Walk

After Exposure, Orange Prize winner Dunmore's final novel (the author died in June) is a gripping psychological mystery set in a compellingly portrayed period of exhilaration and unrest. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]
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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Similar to Nathalia Holt's The Rise of the Rocket Girls and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures, this is indispensable and fascinating history. Highly recommended for all readers.
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Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

An engrossing summation of a period with great artistic promise that came to an abrupt end.
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A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial

This moving historical snapshot casts a wide net of interest and will appeal to Vietnam-era scholars, art historians, and general readers.
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Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Although the gruesome details of death and dismemberment may prove difficult reading for some, this work provides a fascinating look at the challenges and horrors of urban warfare and is essential for anyone interested in the Vietnam War.
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Moscow Vanguard Art: 1922–1992

A refreshing, interesting reexamination, less burdened by outsiders' preconceptions of art's purpose in Soviet society.
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Revolution: The Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo

Author of award-winning fiction, poetry, biography, and history, Ackroyd presents the fourth volume in a series unfolding the story of England...
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Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

Kukla gives historians, philosophers, and readers of serious nonfiction an informational and enlightening biography of the great agitator for democracy.
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Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty

For all readers interested in understanding the enigmatic and controversial Jefferson as well as his shortcomings and triumphs within the context of his time.
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George Washington: A Life in Books

Best for scholars of early American literature and print culture.
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The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House

For all readers interested in biographies and those who want to learn more about this underexplored part of Franklin's life.
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Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

Kidd's smoothly written work examines Franklin's religion without losing the objectivity of the historian, adding an important element to the general study found in Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.
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First Ladies and American Women: In Politics and at Home

Readers interested in presidential history will enjoy this look at the underrated but important role these women played in the rise of this country's most powerful leaders.
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Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves

This engaging and thorough examination of the relationships between first ladies and their slaves will be of interest to all readers.
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The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers

Clearly well-researched and well-written in a tone that both scholars and armchair historians alike will find engaging, this book is highly recommended to readers seeking new material on World War I, American history, military history, women's history, and gender studies.
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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

A must-read for anyone interested in American and women's history, as well as topics of law, health, and industrial safety.
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Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928

A challenging revisionist history reassessing the ongoing significance of the Russian Revolution.
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Lenin on the Train

This book should be read by anyone interested in war-time history or the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; there is much to be learned here. [See Prepub Alert, 11/16/16.]
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Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

Journalist and historian Laqueur assesses the varied influences on Putin's philosophy of governance including the Russian Orthodox Church, the country's Islamic regions, Eurasianism, and Russophobia (anti-Russian sentiment)...
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Lenin: A Biography

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On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics

Josef Stalin overshadowed his fellow Politburo members...
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Cold War International History Project;

These archival documents from previously secret archives are searchable by location, time, collection, and theme and include photos, illustrations, essays, biographies, and more...
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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

This lively and detailed chronicle of Stalin's life starts with the creation of the Gulag in 1929, through the leader's death in 1953...
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Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives;

Produced at George Mason University in association with the Gulag Museum at Perm36, Russia, this site provides an immersive experience of video, art, artifacts, photos, and testimony from former prisoners...
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Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

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The Cold War: The Complete Series

The first episode of this 24-part documentary covers Soviet-U...
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The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

Noted Russian history scholar Figes offers a vivid portrait of how Stalin's regime of spying, renunciation, and terror impacted everyday life...
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The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

By analyzing the changing tone and content of newspapers and TV programming, Ostrovsky defines the media's role in shaping post-Soviet Russia rather than reflecting its reality...
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Young Stalin

In this companion volume to Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (above), which can also be read on its own, Montefiore examines important and surprising milestones in Stalin's childhood and his prolonged youth as well as his prerevolutionary and early postrevolution days...
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Gulag: A History

With haunting testimonies from survivors, Washington Post journalist Applebaum paints an indelible picture of the vast Soviet Gulag forced labor camp system...
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Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana;

This collection of 500-plus artifacts related to Stalin contains an amazing variety of visual material, from photographs to chinaware...
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Putin's Way: Investigate the Russian President's Path to Power

This Frontline documentary traces Vladimir Putin's rise from KGB operative in Dresden to authoritarian leader of Russia...
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Seventeen Moments in Soviet History;

These modules cover politics, society, culture and economics during pivotal years in Soviet history...
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Cold War Roadshow: Khrushchev's Great American Tour

Khrushchev loved to travel, and in September 1959 he was the first Soviet leader to visit the United States...
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Was Revolution Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution

Noted scholars of Russian history examine pivotal moments of the revolution...
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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917; A World on the Edge

Rappaport contributes a unique take on the revolution using vivid primary source accounts from American, British, and French citizens who lived and worked in St...
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Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History

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The Russian Revolution, 1905–1921

Covering Bloody Sunday in 1905 to the civil war in 1921, Steinberg provides a fresh viewpoint and a voice that brings the events of revolutionary Russia alive with first-person narratives, especially featuring areas and nationalities that are not usually explored, including Muslim Russians...
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Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

New Yorker editor Remnick was Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post during the time Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin were in power...
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Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

This account of the intertwined fates of Rasputin, the Romanovs, and Russia as revealed by contemporary primary sources will be a true challenge for nonacademics, yet it will surely be judged the seminal scholarly work on Rasputin and an essential read for students of Imperial Russia's downfall...
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A Concise History of the Russian Revolution

The author of many volumes about Russia including Russia Under the Old Regime, Pipes here chronicles the country from 1900 through Lenin's death in 1924...
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Stalin: Paradoxes of Power 1878–1928

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Kennan Institute Russian History Audio Archive;

This joint project of the Kennan Institute and National Public Radio consists of recordings from 1917 through the end of the Soviet Union...
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