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By David Beers

Beers' robust memoir recounts his family's international, the area of middle-class suburbia, from Sputnik to the current, and writes of the good institutions—the govt, the multinational businesses, the church, the suburban tract domestic neighborhood—in which his relations positioned their religion, and the way that religion used to be betrayed.

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