Working Historians


June 13, 2021

In this page we will list items that we and our collaborators recommend in each episode. Click on the recommender's name to listen to the episode where the recommendation appeared.



Brian Alexander, Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017) - recommended by Rob

Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (Pluto Press, 1994) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Michael Axworthy, A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind (New York: Basic Books, 2016) - recommended by Roya Rostamian 

Edward Baptist, The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic books, 2016) - recommended by Lauriann Deaver and Erik Johnsen

Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Penguin Random House, 2017) - recommended by Shenetha Solomon

Richard N. Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (Ten Speed Press, 1970 and later) - recommended by David de la Torre

Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2019) - recommended by Richard Driver

Bruno Brulon Soares and Anaildo Bernardo Baracal Stránský: uma ponte Brno — Brasil / Stránský: a bridge Brno — Brazil (ICOFOM, 2017) - recommended by Susie Chung 

Camille Callison, Loriene Roy, and Gretchen LeCheminant, eds., Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives and Museums (IFLA Publications, 2016) - recommended by Alyce Sadongei

Brian Cervantez, Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (New York: Penguin Random House, 2020) - recommended by Joe Flickinger

Ann Davis and Kerstin Smeds, eds., Visiting the Visitor: An Enquiry into the Visitor Business in Museums (Columbia University Press, 2016) - recommended by Ann Davis and Susie Chung

Gideon Defoe, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell Off the Map (New York: Europa Editions, 2021) - recommended by Rob

Margarita Diaz-Andreu, Sam Lucy, Stasa Babic, and David N. Edwards, eds., Archaeology of Identity: Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity, and Religion (London: Routledge, 2005) - recommended by Elizabeth Spott

Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greg de Peuter, Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) - recommended by Matthew Schandler

Nick Estes, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Resistance of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019) -  recommended by Paul McKenzie-Jones

Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich (New York: Penguin Random House, 2005) - recommended by Matt Avitabile  

Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich in Power (New York: Penguin Random House, 2006) - recommended by Matt Avitabile

Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: Penguin Random House, 2010) - recommended by Matt Avitabile 

Joe Flickinger, A History of Bridgetown Cemetery: Quietly Serving Cincinnati’s Western Hills for over 50 Years (Berwyn Heights, MD: Heritage Books, 2021) - recommended by Rob

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing, 2016) - recommended by Rob

Drew Fortune, No Encore: Musicians Reveal their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs (Simon & Schuster, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Albert Dressler, Emperor Norton: LIfe and Experiences of a Notable Character in San Francisco, 1849-1880 (Sacramento: News Publishing Company, 1927) - recommended by Benjamin Carr

Joanne B. Freeman, Affairs of Honor (Yale University Press, 2012) - recommended by Tom Leary

Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2018) - recommended by Abigail Pfeiffer

Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century, updated ed. (Princeton University Press, 2017) - recommended by Erik Johnsen

Jamie Goodall, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (History Press, 2020) - recommended by Rob (and Rob's book interview with Jamie)  

Lizzy Goodman, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011 (HarperCollins, 2018) - recommended by Jimmy

Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, 2 vols. (1885) - recommended by Rob  

Mark G. Hanna, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) - recommended by Jamie Goodall

Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Farrar, Strous, and Giroux, 2000) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation (New York: Hill and Wang, 2008) - recommended by Rob

Harwood P. Hinton and Jerry Thompson, Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military, 1812-1863 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020) - recommended by John Bertland

Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Lizzie Johnson, Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire (New York: Penguin Random House, 2021), recommended by Rob

Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World where Boys Become Men, updated (Harper, 2018) - recommended by Jeff Ramsey

Walter Langer and Peter Stearns, eds., The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged, 6th ed. (Houghton MIfflin, 2001) - recommended by Scotty Edler

Victor Lavalle, The Ballad of Black Tom (Tor, 2016) - Recommended by Jimmy

Mark Lemberger, Crime of Magnitude: The Murder of Little Annie (Createspace, 2016) - recommended by Christopher Chan

Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (W.W. Norton, 1987) - recommended by Rob

Joseph Locke and Ben Wright, eds., The American Yawp (Stanford University Press) - recommended by Rob

James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 2nd ed. (The New Press, 2018) - recommended by Matt Campbell

Phil Marcade, Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982 (Three Rooms Press, 2017) - recommended by Jimmy

Dorothy Marcic, With One Shot: Family, Murder and a Search for Justice (New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018) - recommended by Christopher Chan

John Martini, Sutro’s Glass Palace: The Story of Sutro Baths (Bodega Bay, Calif.: Hole in the Head Press, 2014) - recommended by Jimmy

Heather Mayer, Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924 (Oregon State University Press, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Janet Miron, Prisons, Asylums, and the Public: Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2011) - recommended by Cassandra Clark

Johanna Neuman, Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote (NYU Press, 2017) - recommended by Jimmy

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) - recommended by Rob (and reviewed by Rob)

John O’Malley, Urethane Revolution: The Birth of Skate, San Diego 1975 (The History Press, 2019) - recommended by Jimmy 

Ciaran O’Neill, Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility, and the Irish Catholic Elite, 1850-1900 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) - recommended by Jimmy

Plato, The Republic - recommended by James Ricker

Arthur Quinn, The Rivals: William Gwin, David Broderick, and the Birth of California (New York: Crown Publishers, 1994; Lincoln, Nebraska: Bison Books, 1997) - recommended by Rob 

John Reeves, The Lost indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case against an American Icon (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) - recommended by Natalie Sweet

Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) - recommended by Lauriann Deaver 

Monica Risnicoff de Gorgas, "Afro-Descendent heritage and its unacknowledged legacy in Latin American museum" in B.L.Murphy, coord., Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage (Routledge, 2016) - recommended by Susie Chung

Monica Risnicoff de Gorgas. “Reality as Illusion, the Historic Houses that Become Museums,” Museum International, 53:2 (2001) - recommended by Susie Chung

Trevor Ristow, Waiting for Another War: A History of the Sisters of Mercy, Volume I: 1980-1985 (GWK, 2019) – recommended by Jimmy

Sarah Rose, D-Day Girls: The Spies who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II (Penguin Random House, 2020) – recommended by Kate Schaefer

Robert Rosenstone, History on Film/Film on History (Pearson, 2006) - recommended by Sarah Estee

Alyce Sadongei, Old Poisons, New Problems: A Museum Resource for Managing Contaminated Cultural Materials (AltaMira Press, 2005) - recommended by Susie Chung

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House (Houghton Mifflin, 1965) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Violence: America in the Sixties (New American Library, 1968) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., “Origins of the Cold War,” Foreign Affairs 46:1 (October 1967) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Power, and Violence in America (1969) - recommended by Gregory Robinson

Donald R. Shaffer, After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kansas, 2004) - recommended by Rob

William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, 50th anniversary ed. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011) - recommended by Matt Avitabile

Douglas Skopp, Shadows Walking: A Novel (2010) - recommended by Jimmy

Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens, eds., Why you Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) - recommended by Paul McKenzie-Jones 

Michael Stephenson, The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle (Broadway Books, 2013) - recommended by Rob

Michael Straczynski, Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood (HarperCollins, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Truong Nhu Tang, David Chanoff, and Doan Van Toai, A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath (Vintage Books, 1986) - recommended by Rob

Miles Taylor, Empress: Queen Victoria and India (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018) - recommended by Charles Reed

Zvetan Todoroff, Conquest of America: The Question of the Other (University of Oklahoma Press, 1999) - recommended by Monica Risnicoff de Gorgas

Christopher Tomlins, In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History (Princeton University Press, 2020) - recommended by Rob (and Rob's book interview with Christopher)

Timothy Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name (Penguin Random House, 2004) - recommended by Rob 

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Penguin Random House, 1991) - recommended by Don Shaffer

Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin, 2020) - recommended by Rob

George Washington, Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation (Carlisle, MA: Applewood Books, 1988) - recommended by Rob

Laura Alice Watt, The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore (University of California Press, 2017) - recommended by Rob (and again here)

Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Penguin Random House, 2005) - recommended by Vasilios Kostakis

Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998) - recommended by Rob

Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford University Press, 2017) - recommended by Rob

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Penguin, 2011) - recommended by Rob

Sam Wineburg, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone) (University of Chicago Press, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Rachel Wolgemuth, Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) - recommended by Joe Flickinger

Kenneth Womack, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (Cornell University Press, 2019) - recommended by Richard Driver

Carla Yanni, The Architecture of Madness (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) - recommended by Cassandra Clark  

Richard Zacks, Chasing the Last Laugh: How Mark Twain Escaped Debt and Disgrace with a Round-the-World Comedy Tour (New York: Penguin Random House, 2017) - recommended by Rob

Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 (Penguin Random House, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (Harper Collins, 2015) - recommended by Gregory Robinson


Book Series

The Bedford Series in History and Culture - recommended by Rob

Lakeside Press - recommended by Rob




Disgraceland podcast - recommended by Sarah Estee

Footnoting History podcast and Teaching Guide - recommended by Rob

Hardcore History podcast by Dan Carlin- recommended by Rob and Sarah Estee

The Memory Palace podcast - recommended by Rob

Noble Blood podcast - recommended by Sarah Estee

New Books Network:

New York Times' 1619 podcast - recommended by Rob

Slate Political Gabfest, especially:

Song Exploder Podcast - recommended by Rob

Whistlestop podcast by John Dickerson- recommended by Rob

You’re Wrong About… podcast - recommended by Bill Black



The Band, "The Weight" (from The Last Waltz) - recommended by Susan Keefer

Dead Moon, "54/40 or Fight" - recommended by Susan Keefer

Nirvana, "Rape Me" - recommended by Susan Keefer

Sabaton (the entire discography) - recommended by Rob 

They Might Be Giants, "James K. Polk" - recommended by Rob

They Might Be Giants, "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" - recommended by Rob




All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding, 1987-1997, Jeremy Elkins, dir. (2021) - recommended by Jimmy

America to Me, Steve James, dir. (2018) - recommended by Jimmy

Bad Reputation, Kevin Kerslake, dir. (2018) - recommended by Jimmy

Call Her Ganda, PJ Raval, dir. (2018)- recommended by Roya Rostamian 

Country Music, Ken Burns, dir. (PBS, 2019):  - recommended by Darrett Pullins

First Man, Damien Chazelle, dir. (2018) - recommended by Rob 

I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie, dir. (2017) - recommended by Jimmy

They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson, dir. (Warner Bros., 2018) - recommended by Susan Dawson


TV series

Jeff Kinard, “Lectures in History: Civil War Weaponry,” C-Span - recommended by Adam Lehman

Challenger: The Final Flight, Daniel Junge and Steven Leckart, dirs., Netflix series (2020) - recommended by Rob

Dawn of Humanity,” Nova, Graham Townsley, dir. (June 20, 2018) - recommended by Elizabeth Spott

Kings, Kitchens, and their Stories, TV series (2014-2015) - recommended by Marc Reyes

The Man in the High Castle, Amazon Prime series (2015-2019) - recommended by Stephanie McConnell

Peaky Blinders Netflix series (2013-2019) - recommended by Jimmy

The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, dirs. (PBS, 2017) - Recommended by Rob

Vikings (TV Show) - recommended by Rob



"Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930" - recommended by Jimmy

Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Internment” at the Presidio Officers’ Club, recommended by Jimmy

Manchester and the Great War” at the Manchester Historic Association - recommended by Daniel Peters, Jimmy, and Rob

Meet Me in the Bathroom: The Art Show,” curated by Hala Matar and Lizzy Goodman, at The Hole in New York City (September 4-22, 2019) - recommended by Jimmy

"The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll" at the De Young Museum - recommended by Jimmy

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” at the De Young Museum - recommended by Jimmy  

"Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan" at the Smithsonian Museum - recommended by Deborah Ziska

We Shall Remember Them”: How Columbus Remembered the Great War” at the Columbus Historical Society (2018-2019) - recommended by Rob

When the KKK Ruled Colorado: Not So Long Ago” at the Denver Public Library - recommended by Cassandra Clark 


Primary Sources/Collections

African-American Civil War Soldiers Project - recommended by Karen Sieber

Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy at Yale University- recommended by Scotty Edler

Charleston Syllabus - recommended by Karen Sieber

Chicago Defender - recommended by Karen Sieber

Freedom on the Move - recommended by Rob 

Goin’ North - recommended by Karen Sieber

The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, 1610-1791, multiple volumes and transcripts - recommended by Tim Garrity

Library of Congress American Memory Collection - recommended by Chris Savio

Monroe Work Today - recommended by Karen Sieber

Office of Strategic Services, Simple Sabotage Field Manual (Office of Strategic Services, 1944) – recommended by Rob

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee - recommended by Karen Sieber

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database - recommended by Erin Greenwald

UNESCO Slave Route Project - recommended by Susie Chung

Visualizing the Red Summer - recommended by Karen Sieber

World War I Document Archive at Brigham Young University- recommended by Scotty Edler



Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC - recommended by Rob

Arizona State Museum in Tucson, AZ - recommended by Susie Chung

Blocks to Bricks: Constructing Imagination in Schaumburg, IL - recommended by Shannon Lange

Favela Museum, Rio de Janeiro - recommended by Deborah Ziska

GULAG History State Museum - recommended by Anna Leshchenko

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in Merritt Island, FL - recommended by Rob

Manchester Historic Association in Manchester, NH - recommended by Daniel Peters, Jimmy, and Rob

Museo Nacional Estancia Jesuítica de Alta Gracia y Casa del Virrey in Cordoba, Argentina - recommended by Monica Risnicoff de Gorgas

Museum of Ice Cream in various cities - recommended by Jimmy

Museum of Removals in Rio de Janeiro - recommended by Bruno Brulon Soares

Museum of Texas Tech University - recommended by Susie Chung 

National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC - recommended by Rob

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy’s Non-Commissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center - recommended by Everett Dague

Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, Canada - recommended by Susie Chung

Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH - recommended by Rob 

Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada- recommended by Susie Chung



The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums - recommended by Henry Crawford

International Council on Museums/International Committee for Museology

Project Recover - recommended by Jimmy

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center - recommended by Brent Bankus



American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History, "The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook," - recommended by Rob

Atlas Obscura - recommended by Rob

Julia Brookins and Sarah Fenton, eds., “Careers for History Majors” (American Historical Association, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Bruno Brulon Soares, História da Museologia [The History of Museology] - recommended by Susie Chung

The Declaration of the Round Table of Santiago de Chile in 1972 - recommended by Susie Chung

Seth Denbo, “Online Only: What the Proposed Virtual Obama Presidential Library Means for Historians,” Perspectives on History, 56:3 (March 2018), 29-31 - recommended by Rob

Neil Gaiman and Shawn McManus, “Three Septembers and a January,” The Sandman, vol. 2, no. 31 (October, 1991) - recommended by Rob

Dana Goldstein, “American History Textbooks Can Differ Across the Country, In Ways That are Shaded by Partisan Politics,” New York Times (January 12, 2020) - recommended by Rob

History Scotland - recommended by Kate Buchanan

The Junto, “Where Historians Work: The View from Early America” - recommended by Rob

Zeb Larson, “The Need for Outside Jobs in Grad School,” Inside Higher Ed (July 3, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Zeb Larson, “We Need to Systematize Alt-Ac Career Guidance,” Inside Higher Ed (November 21, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Anna Leshchenko, “What does the Future of Museums Look Like?” Aksenov Family Foundation (2016) - recommended by Susie Chung  

Dominic Lieven, “The Tsar Liberates Europe? Russia against Napoleon, 1807-1914” (October 8, 2009) - recommended by Peter Milich 

Heather Mayer, “The Alt-Right Manipulates Free-Speech Rights. We Should Defend Those Rights Anyway,” The Washington Post, August 21, 2018 - recommended by Rob

Alfred McCoy, “The Rise and Decline of US Global Power” (October 25, 2017) - recommended by Peter Milich

John R. McNeill, “AHA Interviews, Good Intentions, and Unexpected Consequences,” Perspectives on History (August 28, 2019) - recommended by Rob

The Race Issue,” National Geographic (April 2018) - recommended by Rob

Dylan Ruediger, “The AHA Jobs Report: The 2016-17 Data Obscure as Much as They Reveal,” Perspectives on History (February, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Dylan Ruediger, "The 2020 AHA Jobs Report" (February 12, 2020) - recommended by Rob

Carla Herreria Russo, "People Want to Know Why Brooklyn Museum's New African Art Curator is White," Huffington Post (April 6, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Harrison Smith, "Alfred Crosby, Environmental Historian of 'Columbian Exchange,' dies at 87," Washington Post (April 5, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Hard History” - recommended by Rob

Peter N. Stearns, “Why Study History,” (American Historical Association, 1998), - recommended by Allen York

Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Salt Lake West Side Stories - recommended by Cassandra Clark

Vietnam War Digital History Project - recommended by Rob

W.W. Norton’s “What Can I Do With a History Degree?” Infographic - recommended by Rob

Karin Wulf, “What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts Teach Us About the Need for Historians,” Washington Post (June 11, 2019) - recommended by Rob

Lina Zeldovich, “14,000-Year-Old Piece of Bread Rewrites the History of Baking and Farming,” National Public Radio, (July 24, 2018) - recommended by Jimmy



Fort George in Castine, ME - recommended by Patrick Callaway

The House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI - recommended by Susie Chung

Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark - recommended by Jason Larson

Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco, CA - recommended by Susie Chung

National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL- recommended by Jimmy

The Presidio of San Francisco - recommended by Jimmy



Justin Porter, "Assassin’s Creed Has a New Mission: Working in the Classroom," New York Times (May 16, 2018) - recommended by Rob

Superfight: The History Deck - recommended by Rob


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