09 abril 2007


Pouco a pouco vou retomando minhas leituras interrompidas, com o compromisso firmado comigo mesmo de terminar todos os livros cuja leitura deixei pendente.

Um trecho do livro 1776, sobre independência americana.

The Hessian and British troops alike were astonished to find Americans blessed with such abundance—substantial farmhouses and fine furnishings. “In all the fields the finest fruit is to be found,” Lieutenant von Bardeleben wrote after taking a walk on his own, away from the path of destruction. “The peach and apple trees are especially numerous.... The houses, in part, are made only of wood and the furnishing in them are excellent. Comfort, beauty, and cleanliness are readily apparent.”

To many of the English, such affluence as they saw on Long Island was proof that America had indeed grown rich at the expense of Great Britain.

In fact, the Americans of 1776 enjoyed a higher standard of living than any people in the world. Their material wealth was considerably less than it would become in time, still it was a great deal more than others had elsewhere. How people with so much, living on their own land, would ever choose to rebel against the ruler God had put over them and thereby bring down such devastation upon themselves was for the invaders incomprehensible.

Mesmo usufruindo do mais alto padrão de vida na época, os yankees partiram pro tapa numa batalha, segundo o livro, quase impossível de ser vencida.