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Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department
"Eric Holder is most certainly the most liberal attorney general of the modern era, but he has also liberally bent the rule of law and established internal practices that harm the cause of justice.  …
The Fracking Truth -- America's Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story
"In a very real sense, then, the fracking revolution isn't just benefitting America directly by upending its energy outlook in a very positive way; it also may do a lot to ease energy concerns …
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred
"In baseball, the difference between excellence and mediocrity is usually not the blockbuster signing of this or that free agent. Rather, it is the cumulative effect of management's attention …
10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School
"What startles me is the number of students who simply go through the motions, are lost along the way, confused or perhaps even oblivious to the complexities they're up against." – page 10    Calling …
American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton
"She had left her Episcopal community of prosperous, literate people for the congregation of poor, smelly immigrants. Leaving Trinity meant leaving behind all social status, all hope of prosperity and …
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
At least in the short run there are going to clear winners and losers as a result of global climate change. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in places like Canada, Greenland and Russia, …
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
"Artist after artist, song after song, Stax gave voice to the hearts and minds of a people too long silenced. And with that voice, Stax brought power to its artists and also to its audience. Stax had …
reviewed The Good Funeral: Death Grief and the.... December 25, 2013
The Good Funeral: Death Grief and the Community of Care
"For many bereaved Americans, the "celebration of life" involves a guest list open to everyone except the actual corpse, which is often dismissed, disappeared without rubric or witness, …
reviewed Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love an.... December 18, 2013
Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy
I was always on board with those who were firmly convinced that there had to have been a conspiracy in the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I had read a good many books about the subject …
reviewed The Dynamics of Disaster. November 20, 2013
The Dynamics of Disaster
"What drives natural disasters? If we understand the underlying dynamics, can we control them? Or at least mitigate their effects? Or will we remain powerless in the face of them? What can we do to live …
reviewed The Railroads of King of Prussia, PA:.... November 08, 2013
Although "The Railroads of King of Prussia, PA: The Past Leads to the Future" is a book clearly aimed at a mostly local audience, I had every reason to believe the story told by Michael Stefan Shaw would …
reviewed American Church: The Remarkable Rise,.... November 03, 2013
"Catholics of the United States have been preoccupied too long with the wrong question: What kind of Catholics should they be—‘American' or ‘Roman'? But Catholicism itself …
reviewed In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected Histo.... October 26, 2013
In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America
"In the earliest years, settlers trapped, snared, shot, netted, and feasted on venison, squirrel and lobster; pigeon, pheasant, and possum. But they wanted more. Civilized people ate civilized food: beef, …
reviewed Road to Avonlea: The Complete Seventh.... October 25, 2013
Road to Avonlea: The Complete Seventh Season
My wife and I got hooked on "Avonlea" during its initial run on The Disney Channel in the early 1990's. As I recall we were both very pleased to find a show devoid of all of the double …
reviewed Orr: My Story. October 25, 2013
Orr: My Story
"What I didn't foresee--what maybe no young man can foresee--was the way those injuries would accumulate and chip away at me. Throughout my career, I had assumed I was indestructible. I was only twenty-eight. …
reviewed Edison and the Rise of Innovation. October 21, 2013
Edison and the Rise of Innovation
Radio talk icon Rush Limbaugh loves to brag that he is "on the cutting edge of societal evolution".  Most historians would agree that in the years between the conclusion of the American …
reviewed Donna Summer - I Feel Love: The Colle.... October 12, 2013
posted in Music Matters
Donna Summer - I Feel Love: The Collection
There's just no question about it.  Donna Summer was one of a handful of shining stars to emerge from an otherwise lackluster decade in the history of American popular music.  Lots of people …
reviewed The School Revolution: A New Answer f.... October 09, 2013
The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System
"Textbooks tell students that the federal government must intervene in the affairs of hundreds of millions of individuals because these individuals are not capable of making their own decisions. They …
reviewed Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music.... September 30, 2013
Rhapsody in Black
"There was nobody like Roy in the Orbison clan, not before or since. Although his kin all loved, played and sang country music with genuine feeling, it was Roy, the withdrawn, sensitive kid, who possessed …
reviewed Hunting Season: Immigration and Murde.... September 30, 2013
Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
"I'm scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors--even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they run the other way. I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I …
reviewed Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case.... September 24, 2013
Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, A Free Economy and Human Flourishing
"Subsidiarity points toward limited government. Though an important form of social organization, government is only one of a number of communities and should not therefore displace or absorb the responsibilities …
reviewed Rhapsody In Black: The Life and Music.... September 10, 2013
Rhapsody In Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
"There was nobody like Roy in the Orbison clan, not before or since. Although his kin all loved, played and sang country music with genuine feeling, it was Roy, the withdrawn, sensitive kid, who possessed …
reviewed Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for t.... September 06, 2013
Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
"Something inside him was changed, but he couldn't place what. He had come to the islands to escape the pressure of daily life, yet he found himself overcome by an even greater sense of purpose. Somewhere …
reviewed November 22, 1963: Reflections on the.... August 30, 2013
posted in Politics Your Way
November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
"John Kennedy helped us believe in ourselves, that we, as Americans could do big things.  He lifted our spirits and made us proud of ourselves.  His youth, his attractiveness, his elegance …
reviewed Alfred Hitchcock's America. August 28, 2013
Alfred Hitchcock's America
"My intention with this small book is to raise new questions and considerations, challenge viewers to look at Hitchcock's wonderful films yet again, and see in his work an illumination of American form …
reviewed Fighting Light Pollution: Smart Light.... August 26, 2013
Fighting Light Pollution: Smart Lighting Solutions for Individuals and Communities
"Artificial lighting is an essential part of modern culture and possibly the most obvious demonstration of technological progress. The problem arises when `progress' crosses the line to become wasted …
reviewed Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Re.... August 19, 2013
posted in Politics Your Way
IMpeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama From Office
Wouldn't it be nice if we had a President who was actually on our side?  The evidence is clear and overwhelming that since January 20, 2009 this has not been the case in the United States of …
reviewed The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the.... August 15, 2013
The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
"The federal government regulates most things in your bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, as well as the mortgage you hold on your house. It designs your automobile and dictates the kind of fuel it uses. …
reviewed Manson: The Life and Times of Charles.... August 11, 2013
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
"Virtually everywhere Charlie looked in the Haight there were street preachers pontificating to one or two or dozens of misfit listeners desperately seeking someone special to tell them what to do, how …
reviewed The City Dark: ...a search for night .... August 07, 2013
The City Dark
Being a city kid I guess I never really thought about it all that much. Over the past half-century the world has become a substantially brighter place. Due to the intrusion of high intensity artificial …
reviewed Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are .... August 07, 2013
Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat
"Now it is up to the American people to decide which military they want: the one that vanquished every totalitarian threat it encountered during the twentieth century and made the United States the greatest …
reviewed Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Mig.... August 03, 2013
Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
Since the founding of these United States there have been a number of mass migrations that have profoundly impacted our economy, our culture and our politics. Some of the ramifications of these shifts …
The End of Night: Searching For Natural Darkness In An Age of Artificial Light
"According to the World Atlas of the Artificial Night Sky Brightness, created in 2001 by Italians Pierantonio Cinzano and Fabio Falchi, two-thirds of the world's population--including 99% of …
Ready For A Brand New Beat: How
"The goal of Motown was clear in the logo they printed on their record jackets: "The Sound of Young America". It was no longer about black and white. The lucrative market was teenagers and it was biracial. …
A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State
What I am describing within these pages has not come about as an overnight change.  Rather, the emerging American police state can be seen in subtle trends introduced by those in leadership--government, …
My Special Force: The Warrior Who Taught Me the Meaning of Life and Love
When his best friend Adam was killed in the Twin Towers on 9/11 the life of Ryan Means was changed forever. Ryan was 27 years old at the time, single and living a relatively carefree lifestyle in New …
Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club: Chicago & The Cubs During The Jazz Age
The city of Chicago was an incredibly exciting place to be in the 1920's. People were flocking to this thriving midwestern metropolis from such faraway places as Ireland, Lithuania and Poland as well …
reviewed Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, .... June 16, 2013
posted in Green Living
Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs
"The presumption is that there is always more to be had. More oil, more land, more air, more water, more soil, more nature, so that it doesn't matter how much you consume or appropriate, there …
The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath
"Every day I find more and more evidence that we are in the twilight of our own age, and that we can't quite grasp it, even if we sense something is terribly amiss. This transformation transcends any …
reviewed George Benson: Inspiration: A Tribute.... June 05, 2013
posted in Music Matters
George Benson: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Several weeks ago while perusing Amazon's "Upcoming CD Releases" I learned of an exciting new album from the ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist George Benson. Although I am not much of a jazz buff I …
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