"When Steele answered, he mentioned Tolstoy's War and Peace as his favorite, but then added, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' The line, of course, comes from neither Tolstoy nor War and Peace, but rather, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Raise your hand if you believe Steele actually read War and Peace, and genuinely considers it one of his favorite books."
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