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Specialist Fourth Class
Contributing author: Julia C. Davis, Ed.M. ’73; John Joseph DeFazio; Editor Jeanne DeFazio

Joe DeFazio’s humbly expressed record of what he is able to accomplish for other suffering veterans is nothing short of heroic. Available at Amazon.
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Summing Up: A Professional Memoir
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

A delightfully readable tour of a remarkable career among the rich and famous. Fields has spent his entire professional career as an attorney. Get it on Amazon.
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Gloriana: Exploring The Reign Of Elizabeth I
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

A breathless account of Elizabeth’s rise to power. Was she “The Virgin Queen?” Did she sanction murder? Fully illustrated in color. Get it at Amazon.
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Shylock: His Own Story
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

Now, Bertram Fields gives us Shakespeare's enigmatic Shylock's full story, his dangerous background, his loves and challenges, and his motivation for the demand of a pound of flesh. Get it at Amazon.
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Destiny: A Novel of Napoleon & Josephine
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

Napoleon & Josephine. A story of loyalty, betrayal, and tempestuous love set against a sweeping background of intrigue, terror and war. Get it at Amazon.
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Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics
R. Marie Griffith, Ph.D. '95

Conflicts over sexual morality, feminism, and gender have riven U.S. religion and politics for a century, serving as proxy struggles over the fate of the nation itself.
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In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma
Bernard LaFayette Jr., Ed.D. ’74 and Kathryn Lee Johnson

Necessary perspective on the 1960s civil rights movement from one of its greatest leaders. Foreword by Congressman John R. Lewis.
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In the Wake of the Mayflower
The First Encounter

Kevin M. Doyle, M.A.T. ’72

Easy-to-read history that connects the dots of our American heritage. Well researched, vignette style, full color illustrated. Mayflower and Wampanoag applaud. $20 at
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The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974-2018
Mary Mackey ’66

Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Best Book Published by a Small Press. New York Times Bestselling Author. Available at and
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7 Words That Can Change the World
Joseph R. Simonetta ’93
Three humanistic principles, 7 Words,grounded in evolutionary biology andcosmology, that sustain humanity and advance our civilization. $9.95.
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Believers: Love and Death in Tehran
John Limbert ’64, Ph.D.’74Marc Grossman

Nilufar, a brilliant Iranian-American diplomat, falls into the storms of Washington-Tehran conflict in the 1980s and again in the present.
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A Nest for Lalita
Ken Langer, Ph.D. ’78

When America’s top “green” architect travels to India to design a home for survivors of domestic violence, he falls for his client and is immediately sucked into her perilous world of Indian politics. Visit:
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Mindfulness: A Better Me; A Better You; A Better World
Annabel Beerel, Ph.D. and Tom Raffio, FLMI ’78

How to build mindfulness into your workplace culture. The Bookery (Manchester, NH); Gibson’s Bookstore (Concord, NH); or
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There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors for Sustaining a Business Long Term
Tom Raffio, FLMI ’78, Dave Cowens and Barbara McLaughlin

Insight on creating a winning team at the office by reviewing lessons from the basketball court.
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Ten Thousand Shells & Counting: A Memoir
Nadija Mujagic, A.L.B. '03, CSS '05

Describes what happens when extreme nationalism leads to war. A tale of a teenager caught by surprise in the middle of the war in besieged Sarajevo, Bosnia. Available on Amazon.
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A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive
Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78
Bonita C. Stewart, M.B.A. ’83

A fresh, bold analysis of Black female leadership with original proprietary research.
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Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy
Jennie C Stephens ’97

The key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central. An inspiring read. 
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Lithuania To Brooklyn: The Rabbi Daniel and Minnie Shapiro Family
Diana Korzenik, Ed.D. ’72

Through her family history, two time award-winner Korzenik describes the pattern of Jewish Lithuanian migration to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century. To order, email:
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The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting
Charles Moore, A.L.M. ’19

If you ever wanted to become a collector, sought to learn about African American art, or want to deepen your art knowledge, The Black Market is an immersive and essential tool for developing a meaningful and awe-inspiring collection.
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Humanism: The What, Who, Why, When and Where
Charles Block, A.M. ’51

How the power of ideas changed human destiny. It has caused the world to pivot from extreme poverty and political powerlessness to many democracies with thriving middle classes.
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Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog
Mark Cooley "Grump C" ’82

The creativity & passion Swogg shows for his 10 friends will delight, amaze & inspire you. If your child needs a laugh or has troubles falling asleep—this is what Swogg & his friends do! Tellwell/Amazon $19.
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A Differing View of Cuba's History
Dr. Charles A. Santos-Buch ’53

The author records his family's journey from its successful campaign against Islam's occupation of Spain to important historical events in Cuba's history, illustrating how it affected his family and the destiny of the tragic island.
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The Secret Ministry of Frost
J. S. Berkman '77, J.D. '82

The little-known true story of the poet Coleridge and his son Hartley; a tale of addiction, estrangement, and poetic expression. Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has praised Berkman's prose. Amazon/Kindle
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The Illusion of Determinism
Why Free Will Is Real and Casual
Edwin A. Locke ’60

The doctrine of determinism is self-refuting and free will is a form of causality involving the capacity to choose to focus one’s mind at the conceptual level or to evade the effort.
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The Cardiff Giant
Larry Lockridge, Ph.D. ’69

The first of four short stand-alone yet interrelated novels of The Enigma Quartet. "A pungent satire of human gullibility, this fierce, upbeat novel is a timely restorative in a dark season." Malachy McCourt.,
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Thomas Jefferson’s Italian and Italian-Related Books in the History of Universal Personal Rights
Linda L. Carroll, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’77

Explores Italian works in Jefferson’s library concerning self-governance.
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A Decisive Decade
Robert B McKersie, M.B.A. ’56, D.B.A. ’59

The author’s first hand viewpoint as a white activist for black rights, of the debates, marches and negotiations that would change race relations in Chicago and the United States.
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Without Warning
Terry C. Pierce, D.P.A. ’01

History cast Gettysburg as Lee’s failure but gives little heed to the modest, brilliant Union leader who won the battle and turned the tide of the Civil War. Historical novel brings new perspective to an underrated American legend.
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The Boy Who Loved Cats
Mary A. Flowers, G ’74, M.D. ’78

This book teaches diversity, acceptance, and tolerance with the common theme that there is only one “race”—The HUMAN RACE. Buy at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble,
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Nacha: My Nomadic Ventures in Child Education
Richard Mallon, Ph.D. ’50 and Ignacia Mallon

The story of a woman from Chile who was determined to become a teacher at an early age. She became a well-known international expert in multilingual childhood education. 
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Dirty Science
Bob Gebelein ’56

WINNER OF 4 BOOK AWARDS. Self-knowledge for academia: How dirty politics overpowers critical thinking and blocks academic freedom. On Amazon. Audio book on
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Putin and His Neighbors
Dina R. Spechler ’65, Ph.D. ’73 and Martin C. Spechler ’64, Ph.D. ’71

How control of 17 nearby states and alliance with Communist China helped authoritarian President Putin maintain Russia as a world power since 2000. Lexington Books.
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Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction
Adam M. Brenner, M.D. ’90 and Laura Howe-Martin, Ph.D.

A unique resource for those entering the practice of psychotherapy. Learn the common approaches fundamental to all therapies. Amazon.
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Federal Taxation in America
W. Elliot Brownlee '63

Inviting, concise, and comprehensive history of American taxation from American Revolution into the current fiscal paralysis. Explores dynamics among taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. Third edition, Cambridge University Press (2016).
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Dr. Abbo's Guide to a Healthy, Long Life
Why do we age?
How can we slow it down?

Fred E. Abbo ’50

The author is 96 years old, aerobic exercise 2 miles daily, practicing medicine, no disease, no medicine, no metal body parts, healthy and happy. On Amazon.
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Australian Bush To Tiananmen Square
Ross Terrill, Ph.D. ’70

China’s historic rise, portraying Zhou Enlai, Kissinger, Guo Moruo, Chinese farmers, President Bush, Daoist monks, etc. A personal lens links great events to life.
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Fighting Pollution and Climate Change
Richard W. Emory, Jr., J.D. ’67

By our nation’s former top lawyer for EPA criminal investigations, a guide to saving our life on Earth. Learn more and get the book at
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Shaking Hands with Tomorrow: An Independent School Leader's Hard-Earned Lessons
Herbert "Pete" Jaques, Jr. ’65

Developing healthy student egos must be a crucial school objective, and schools can flourish for all people. Visit
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My Father, Humming
Jonathan Gillman, ’64, A.M. ’67

A “moving series of poems that reads like a novel,” it follows the author’s father’s decline with Alzheimer’s. “A work of hope, solace and healing.” Finalist, 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize, won by Billy Collins.
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The Rink Girl
Mark Brazaitis ’89
“[W]here real people live, dream, hope, hate, and fear. This is not your after-school-special view of the skating community, but a deep dive into the drama (and humor) of the characters who inhabit it.”—Paul Wylie ’91
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Mystery Stories: A Journey Through the Rosary
James L. Carney, J.D. ’66

Features first 15 mysteries of the Catholic rosary, docudrama style, with commentary, history and illustrations. Interesting, informative, and inspiring. Available on

Political Malpractice in America:Republic at Risk
Randall Hull, M.B.A. ’78
Our polarized leaders are failing to confront existential challenges to our Republic. How it happened and how we can transform government. Archway Publishing, B&N, Amazon.
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Her Dark Matter Necklace
Robert Albo, M.B.A. ’85

A mystical necklace allows Alice to visit a spirit who reveals the connection between the human soul and dark matter, as well as other mysteries. Now, she must lead a change for beauty—before it’s too late.
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The Leadership PIN Code
Dr. Nashater Deu Solheim, HNI ’16

A unique and proven framework for creating the impact and influence you need in your daily work. With 3 simple keys, you get what you need while also maintaining positive relationships.
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Now, That Makes Sense
Martin Gerhard Giesbrecht, G ’55

Economics explained and clarified using history, real world examples, personal experiences, and stories that everyone can understand. Available on Amazon.
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Democracy for Dinosaurs: A Guide for Young Citizens
Laurie Krasny (Meringoff) Brown, Ed.D. ’78

Illustrations by Marc Brown. Introduces young readers to the values that form the basis of our democracy and encourages them to view themselves as participants. First primer in civics education.
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Spinach on the Ceiling
Martin Karplus ’51, Professor Emeritus

The engaging life story of an accomplished ornithologist, photographer, chef, political “subversive,” Nobel Prize chemist, and humanitarian is rich in words and images. His account conveys an optimistic & compassionate view of our world.
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The Toughest Kid We Knew:
The Old New West:
A Personal History

Frank Bergon, Ph.D. ’73

A novelist and writer on the American West highlights the many races and ethnicities of California’s San Joaquin Valley, including the author’s own Basque heritage.
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The Persistence of Liberty: An American Philosophy
David Netherton, S.M. ’79

Engaging essays illuminate the genesis of contemporary taste, tolerance and energy—arts, sciences, culture and the liberty of the American moment to form its own practical philosophy.
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Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
Anne Gardiner Perkins, M.P.A. ’10

The true story of the women who broke the gender barrier in 1969.
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Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Postcards, 1905-1907
Richard L. Dutton, A.M. ’71

A photographic tour of Brooklyn, New York as it was during the early 1900s illustrated by over 200 black and white postcards issued at that time by what was then the borough's premier newspaper.
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Say I'm Dead, A Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love
E. Dolores Johnson, M.B.A. ’72
Black Charles and white Ella fled Indiana’s anti-race-mixing law, a lynching, and the FBI to marry in NY, then lived in hiding for decades until their daughter searches for the white family.
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Eva & Otto: Resistance, Refugees, and Love in the Time of Hitler
Tom Pfister, J.D. ’73, Kathy Pfister and Peter Pfister
"This story of courage, resourcefulness, and love against all odds is thrilling."—Tom Brokaw. On Amazon
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Resilience: A Trilogy of Climate Chaos
Kitty Beer ’59

The trilogy includes What Love Can’t Do; Human Scale; and The Hampshire Project. Plain View Press. Love, loss, & perseverance in a dystopian world. Amazon and bookstores.
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Yosi: the Life and Times of Josef Hassid
Gerald S. Spear ’48

An intimate biography of the author’s cousin, legendary violinist Josef Hassid (1922-1950). This is a complimentary ebook with interactive links. Visit
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The Reluctant Patriot
Susan Lohafer
Harrison Self experienced, firsthand, the betrayals and loyalties of the Civil War in Tennessee. How he survived—and what he became—is a suspenseful and moving tale of a soul’s reformation. Based on true events.
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The Life of George Holcomb
Alex Brooks ’78

Life in the early Republic as told by a New York farmer. Stories of medical and legal episodes, business ventures, and draft-dodging from 1810-1835 with short essays on the historical context. Buy at
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Equal Is Equal, Fair Is Fair: Vermont’s Quest for Equity in Education Funding, Same-Sex Marriage, and Health Care
Allen Gilbert ’73

Vermont used a tool from its 18th-century constitution to achieve equity in two of these major contemporary issues.
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Psychological First Aid
Louise B. Miller, A.L.B. ’09, Ph.D.

This book provides a framework for psychological treatment similar to that of a physical injury or illness using the concept of the mind-body connection and integrative treatments. Available at Amazon and bookstores. 
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Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge
Ray Anthony Shepard, M.A.T. ’71

In this stunningly illustrated poem, young readers gain an understanding of slavery. Ona Judge, enslaved by Martha and George Washington, risked her life to escape.
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Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation
J. Chester Johnson ’66

Amazon Bestseller. Out of arguably the worst race massacre in our country’s history, a story of racial reconciliation emerges a century later. Pegasus Books.
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The Molecular and Cellular Biology of Viruses
C. Phoebe Lostroh, Ph.D. ’01

Viruses are fascinating and provide a unique window into cellular life. This book teaches contemporary and historical experimental evidence that supports current understanding of the virosphere.
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Guilty Parties: Tales of Infatuation and Menace
Laura Argiri ’80
Lewis Gannett: "Laura Argiri's stories gambol about like charming baby velociraptors that suddenly grow up and proceed to eat you alive."
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Abraham Lincoln and Making a Case: The Story of a Master
Joseph F. Roda ’71

Roda ably makes the case that Lincoln's achievement as a persuader of others is historically unmatched...(and) supplies an analysis of the president's oratorical prowess as astute as any other single-volume treatment." Kirkus Reviews
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Stories from Home: Dover Days
Sara Hoagland Hunter, Ed.M. ’86

Children’s author Sara Hoagland Hunter returns to her New England childhood when houses poured out kids for long afternoons of fort building, sledding and tree climbing. A story collection for grownups who hold their childhood home deep in their hearts.
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A Life in History
David Kaiser ’69, Ph.D. ’76

A distinguished historian tells the story of his education, his teaching at Harvard and elsewhere, his research and writing, and the fateful changes in the historical profession over the last 40 years. See also
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Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work
Meg Lovejoy, Ed.M. ’99, Ph.D., and Pamela Stone, Ph.D.
Real-life stories—both inspiring and cautionary—of women’s journey back to work after a career break.
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Red Diana
Susan Alexander, J.D. ’67

A chilling psychological thriller jam-packed with Harvard references. When HLS alum Karen Clark's young daughter is abducted and she herself becomes a target, she relentlessly pursues the abductor. Her clue: "Red Diana." 
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The Great American Housing Bubble
Adam Levitin ’98, J.D. ’05 and Susan Wachter ’65

The American housing bubble of the 2000s caused the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Explains why and how to avoid such crises.
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The Gemini Project
Vaughn Carney, J.D. ’71

Flushed out of BigLaw in NYC, HLS alum Trevor Osborne finds exile in Saudi Arabia. His boring life there becomes a dangerous escape after he stumbles onto a fortune in cash and a terrifying plot to undermine world democracy.

Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness
David Gessner ’83

Robert Redford calls it “a rallying cry in the age of climate change.” NYT bestselling author Gessner follows TR from Harvard to the Badlands and beyond.
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Getting Through Security: Counterterrorism, Bureaucracy, and a Sense of the Modern
David Westbrook, J.D. ’92 and Mark Maguire

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of global security structures.
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Days of the Giants
R.J. Petrella, Clinical Instructor, H.M.S.

A young doctor committed to public medicine must decide how far he is willing to go for his beliefs about the field. Eric Hoffer Award nominee, 2016.
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Reframe Your Artistry
Jessica Honig, Ed.M. ’02
Live in this moment and improve creativity. “This is a book that will appeal to and inspire a range of readers…” Dr. Hoffmann Davis, AIE Founder, HUGSE. Available via: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Reads & Company, Prodigy Gold Books.
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