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It is said that history is written by the winners, but it would be more accurate to say that winners are created by the anointing of the writers, beginning with  the earliest of chroniclers. Since it is the chattering class that does the writing, it is not surprising that recorded history captures its biases and values and so often lionizes talkers above doers, however factually wrong these biases may be. It is only their dole of triumphs and tragedies that is magnified into transcendence, while all others’ fate retreats into background white noise of crowd scenes, making for the atmosphere, unless one or another is plucked out for a momentary microscope gaze, for illustration, distorted into a caricature of their own conceit.

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