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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is narrative of several family's lives in a Mumbai slum. The author takes and ethnographic approach to the research and as weaved as story that is harrowing and starkly …
reviewed Shaq Uncut: My Story. February 11, 2012
Shaq Uncut: My Story
   When I told someone I was reading Shaquille O'Neal's new autobiography they laughed and said: "Why? His life has been an open book." I had to chuckle. While it is true there …
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
   In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. – Laurence J. Peter in The Peter Principle, 1969.      If there is a theme to this biography …
Fodor's Essential India, 1st Edition: with Delhi,
   Only to give background on my perspective of this book, I have been to India several times over the past decade since I married my Indian wife and have traveled as tourist there extensively.  …
reviewed The Night Season. March 13, 2011
The Night Season
   In The Night Season Chelsea Cain’s continues her promising series of thrillers featuring detective Archie Sheridan and a fascinating cast of characters, with the free spirited reporter …
Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's
   When I was a kid growing up watching professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was one of the scariest wrestlers and one I enjoyed watching the most.  His matches were often extreme and …
The Upper House: A Journey behind the Closed Doors
   This is an embarrassingly bad book on the U.S. Senate.  It is devoid of real substance, lacks depth, and is utterly uninformative.  I’m not even sure why any publisher would …
My Life Outside the Ring [Hardcover]
   When I was growing up Hulk Hogan was THE star in professional wrestling.  Being younger I was hooked on the soap opera like storylines and larger than life characters in professional …
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery
   In the summer of 2001 my wife and I lived in downtown Washington, D.C. and were riveted by the Chandra Levy case.   It was really an inescapable story that summer as both the national …
Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback: A
I have always considered Peter King to be a bit of a blowhard and this book mostly confirms my opinion.  Monday Morning Quarterback is a compendium of King’s writings and articles about the …
A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of
This short but informative history of not only a lost, but mostly forgotten, early American colony is certainly a worthwhile read.  In 1587 John White lead 118 men, women, and some children to the …
To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat
Until I read this book I had only read mythological accounts of Billy the Kid, which usually contain nothing of Pat Garrett’s life.  Books and movies have mythologized Bill they Kid as a Robin …
The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of
The Predictioneer’s Game is a very readable treatise on game theory.  Game theory is basically a mathematical model that predicts human behavior (and that of nations) with one simple underlying …
reviewed Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative.... March 14, 2010
Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst
Fierce Leadership is a solid reminder not to fall into the traps of the so called “best practices” that permeate even smaller but bureaucratic companies.  In a nutshell the proscriptive …
reviewed When the Game Was Ours. December 31, 2009
When the Game Was Ours
When the Game Was Ours tells the real story behind the rivalry between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird, the two marquee National Basketball Association (NBA) players of the 1980’s.  …
Ben Bernanke's Fed: The Federal Reserve After Greenspan
   Ethan Harris has provided a very well written, very readable monograph on Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve Bank. He does a wonderful job of explaining broad macroeconomic theories …
The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the
   If you want a business book that talks in vague generalities then throws in some prescriptive solutions that you should already know, then this book is for you. Most of the book talks …
reviewed Outliers: The Story of Success. June 07, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers is an excellent little book on what makes people extremely successful.  It turns out that luck (or opportunities) and hard work are the keys to extreme success.  In Outliers Gladwell …
reviewed Outliers: The Story of Success. June 07, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers is an excellent little book on what makes people extremely successful. It turns out that luck (or opportunities) and hard work are the keys to extreme success. In Outliers Gladwell provides numerous …
James Madison: A Biography
I am not going to go into a long history of who James Madison is in this review.  If you want that, read this book!  If you are an American and don't know who James Madison is, then that is …
reviewed The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. April 16, 2009
The Ice Opinion
From gangs, to drugs, sex, rap, religion, politics, women, racism, freedom of speech - Ice-T has an opinion just like the rest of us. Ice has an interesting and somewhat unique perspective on all these …
reviewed Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Ear.... April 16, 2009
Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West
A rather interesting series of stories about notorious prostitutes and madams of the old west. This a worthy boo kbecause its provides, under one cover, some quick glimpses of the more famous of the "soiled …
The Road to Disunion: Volume I: Secessionists at
Despite dreadful prose and a clear anti-southern bias that at times borders on hyperbole, Freehling does provide a well researched social and political history of the pre-Civil War south. Freehling concentrates …
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This is a very fun book. Whether you love him or hate him, Jesse is an interesting fellow with lots of interesting points of view about politics and life. Here he talks about his days as Governor of Minnesota …
reviewed His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispani.... March 30, 2009
HisPanic
I was given Geraldo Rivera's book, His Panic, as a gift. I have to admit when I picked up the book I expected to find a screed filled with hyperbole and rancorous comments about people who are concerned …
The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat
This book lays out the reason the New England Patriots have been able to sustain a high level of excellence over the past seven years in an era of salary cap limitations that aggressively promotes parity. …
reviewed Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reigni.... March 29, 2009
Fired Up or Burnt Out
This book is a well organized treatise on the importance of human connections to keep an organization vital and employees fired up instead of burned out. Overall it is a useful book, but in some ways …
reviewed America's Game. March 29, 2009
America's Game
MacCambridge has written an outstanding history of modern professional football known as the National Football League. The primary theme of the book is how football has eclipsed other sports, specifically …
The Real All Americans
This is absolutely one of the best sports history books I've ever read. Sally Jenkins tells the full history of the Carlisle Indian football team, truly an amazing part of football history.     The …
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I've always had a lot of admiration for Tiki Barber. Most of those reading this review probably already know who Tiki Barber is, but he played for the New York Giants as a tailback from 1997 to 2006, …
reviewed A Brief History Of Afghanistan. March 26, 2009
A Brief History Of Afghanistan
This is a very basic and brief history of Afghanistan. It appears to be most suitable as a high school or freshman college introductory text. There are brief chapters on ancient history and culture, with …
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's
This is an extremely well organized, readable, informative, and insightful history of India after independence. Guha details the political and socio-economic history of India from August 15, 1947 to today. …
Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My
Being a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots it goes without saying that one of my favorite players has always been Tedy Bruschi. In the era of free agency when so many players switch teams, players …
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This biography of Aaron Burr unsuccessfully tries to resurrect his sullied reputation. While as a biography it provides an excellent account of his life, its interpretation of his role and character in …
Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four
Last Dance is a behind the scenes look at the NCAA Final Four. The book is mostly built on reminisces and interviews with coaches, players, and even some announcers about what it's like to get to the …
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Peter Bergen is a journalist well known for his knowledge of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Here he presents an "oral" history by piecing together documents and interviews into what he considers a narrative …
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I love reading about football, football history, and great players of the past, so I very much enjoyed this biography of John Unitas (1933-2002), one of the best quarterbacks in professional football …
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  I'm a big professional football fan and love reading about football. Jerry Kramer's Green Bay Packers diary – which details the 1967 season of the Green Packers, was quite an enjoyable and educational …
reviewed Tommyland. March 20, 2009
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Tommyland is the autobiography of heavy metal drummer Tommy Lee - best known for his stint with Motley Crue in the 1980's. Anyone paying attention to entertainment news, or even those who don't, have …
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Writing about western legends like Doc Holliday is an extremely difficult and daunting prospect for the historian. First, there is the scant, and often contradictory, primary sources on which to rely. …
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