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reviewed Rules for Radicals. December 06
Rules for Radicals
There is an old biblical expression "Know Thine Enemy". For years I have been hearing about Saul Alinsky's controversial 1971 book "Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals" and how …
reviewed Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Ma.... December 27, 2012
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
"His ultimate place in history will be far less exalted than that which he now holds in popular estimation" --- New York Times    During the six and a half minutes we spent on the …
reviewed The Time of Our LIves. June 10, 2012
The Time of Our LIves
My how time flies! Television journalist and author Tom Brokaw is now a septuagenarian. Mr. Brokaw believes that for the sake of our children and grandchildren the time has come for the American people …
American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation
When you really stop and think about it, attempting to write a history of trees in a country as massive and geographically diverse as the United States is necessarily a gargantuan undertaking.  …
reviewed Dollars and Uncommon Sense. April 21, 2012
Dollars and Uncommon Sense by Steven Repak
My initial reaction to books like "Dollars and Uncommon Sense: Basic Training For Your Money" is always the same. Why do so many Americans need to read a book or take a seminar to learn how to manage …
Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock
On September 4, 1957 Will Counts was just a guy out there doing his job. Will was a photographer for the "Arkansas Democrat" afternoon newspaper and he had been assigned to cover a momentous …
reviewed Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark,.... April 11, 2012
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a
As Red Sox fans and the city of Boston prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park a number of books have been published to commemorate the occasion. When I happened upon a copy of Glenn …
reviewed Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America. April 09, 2012
Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
Take a look around at the sad state of our nation. In the 100 years since the self-proclaimed "progessive" Woodrow Wilson was President of these United States Americans have slowly but surely …
Thinking Small: The Long Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle
When Volkswagen's legendary "Think Small" advertising campaign was launched back in 1959 I was just eight years old. Obviously, I had no idea at the time that the Volkswagen or "people's car" was designed …
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America
Central to the thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was his vision of what he referred to as the "Beloved Community" which was essentially "a completely integrated society, a community …
reviewed Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to.... December 06, 2011
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How
Oh well!  At first glance it sounded like a decent idea with a bit of potential.  But by the midpoint of "Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in …
Why Has America Stopped Inventing?
Author Darin Gibby is a patent lawyer who has become increasingly frustrated with the cumbersome patent process here in the United States.  He believes that the unreasonably …
Dethroning The King: The Hostile Takever of Anheuser-Busch, An American Icon
The company had been an institution in the city of St. Louis for more than a century.  As the story begins to unfold in 2008 Anheuser-Busch was still a global icon and the last of the major brewers …
A Sea In Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout
Carl Safina sounds angry and Lord knows he has a right to be.  As a noted author and highly-respected conservationist Safina was simultaneously sickened and emotionally devastated by just about everything …
reviewed Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and t.... November 12, 2011
Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
"About our food empire, the doomsayers will continue to grumble while the optimists put their faith in technology or God.  The pessimists at least have the backing of history.  For ten …
Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens The Aermican Way of Life
"China's aggressive actions in Africa and elsewhere to secure long-term supplies of increasingly scarce natural resources have implications well beyond what Americans pay for their gasoline, cell phones, …
reviewed The Great American Awakening: Two Yea.... October 21, 2011
posted in Politics Your Way
The Great American Awakening: Two Years That Changed American, Washington, and Me
When Jim DeMint of South Carolina was elected to the United States Senate in 2004 he hardly expected to become a household name.  After all, DeMint had represented South Carolina's 4th Congressional …
reviewed The Great Fat Fraud: Why the "Obesity.... October 10, 2011
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
The Great Fat Fraud: Why the
There are all sorts of theories, opinions, books, pills, potions, gadgets, exercise regimens and fitness centers out there. Turn on your radio on a Saturday or Sunday morning or click on your TV late …
Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy
It is a subject I had never really thought much about before. On the surface the idea of a college student or a recent college graduate serving a short internship as a means to gain meaningful experience, …
Living Large: From SUVs to Double Ds, Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better
Frankly, I could never quite understand the mentality.  When I was growing up it was every parents dream that their children would simply have a bit better life than the one that they experienced. …
reviewed Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollyw.... September 21, 2011
Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of
"Some might find it ironic that Hollywood's liberals, who are still inflamed over a blacklist that took place 60 years ago, not only condone it in their hometown, but practice it every day of …
reviewed After America: Get Ready For Armageddon. August 25, 2011
After America: Get Ready For Armageddon
And that is really the crux of the problem isn't it? Common sense dictates that redistributing wealth from future generations to the present is pure folly. Now there can really be only two explanations …
reviewed The Tea Party Goes To Washington. August 12, 2011
The Tea Party Goes To Washington
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." ---Thomas Jefferson      Truer words were never spoken. Tea Party …
Of Thee I Zing
Several years ago I received copy of a book by the conservative commentator and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham as a birthday gift. Now I really like Laura and the things she stands for but I must …
reviewed The Progress Principle: Using Small W.... August 01, 2011
The Progress Principle: Using Small wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity At Work
The researchers themselves never saw it coming.  When Teresa Amabile of the Harvard Business School and her husband developmental psychologist Steven Kramer decided to collaborate on a study exploring …
The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, A Life
Clearly the time had come.  The people of France had grown weary of an increasingly repressive monarchy that had stood for more than a thousand years.  Winds of change were in the air and buoyed …
REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?
During the eight years of his Presidency Ronald Reagan was portrayed by the media in this country as a grandfatherly old codger who was lazy, disengaged and frankly not very bright.  Reporters and …
Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
When the Swedish-born philosopher and ethicist Sissela Bok released her seminal work "Lying: Moral Choice In Public and Private Life" way back in 1978 Anthony Lewis of the New York Times hailed …
reviewed The Making of a Championship Heart. May 03, 2011
The Making of a Championship Heart
You need not be a New York Yankees fan to appreciate Steve Yerrid's marvelous new book "The Making Of A Championship Heart". Mr. Yerrid is a lifelong Yankee fan who also enjoyed a close …
reviewed Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew. March 29, 2011
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"You deserve to discover Jean Arthur". That was the way film critic Leonard Maltin eulogized the star of some of the most entertaining and memorable comedies of the 1930's and 1940's …
reviewed Music of The Great Depression: (Ameri.... March 21, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Music of The Great Depression
In the 1930's America was experiencing it's most trying economic downtown.  Fully 25% of the population was out of work at the peak of the Great Depression and most of those who were lucky …
The Raging Sea
Watching the heartbreaking reports eminating from the East Coast of Japan one cannot help but be dumbfounded by the awesome power of Mother Nature and the fragility of our existence on this …
reviewed Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of A Wo.... February 14, 2011
Aspirin The Remarkable Story of A Wonder Drug
As the title suggests, this is indeed a remarkable tale that unfolds over a period of some 3000 years. In "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of A Wonder Drug" British author Diarmuid Jeffreys has …
reviewed Providence: The Renaissance City. February 04, 2011
Providence The Renaissance City
It is a truly extraordinary transformation. Thirty years ago if you were brave enough to walk around downtown Providence, Rhode Island after dark it was quite concievable that you would not encounter …
reviewed Honor Killing: How The Infamous "Mass.... January 27, 2011
Honor Killing How The Infamous Massie Affair Tran
To be honest, I had never ever even heard of the bizarre and extremely unfortunate events that took place in the U.S. territory of Hawaii back in 1931 and 1932.  But the truth is that the events …
Beautiful Jim Key
Though a good deal of the written history of the horse known as Beautiful Jim Key has been lost to the ravages of time, enough evidence remains to indicate that his is indeed a truly remarkable story.  …
Letters To Ethan: A Grandfathers Legacy of Life & Love
It is really kind of a shame that in the era in which we live the fine art of letter writing has largely disappeared.  In its stead we now have mindless text messaging featuring abbreviated sentences …
reviewed When the Dancing Stopped: The Real St.... November 11, 2010
When The Dancing Stopped
Every so often I come across a book that grabs my attention in the opening pages and keeps me fixated right until the very end. "When The Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster And …
reviewed The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: 9t.... October 27, 2010
posted in Music Matters
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information About America's Most Popular Songs and Artists (1955-2009)
I first became acquainted with Joel Whitburn and his impressive series of music reference books way back in the late 1970's. Over the years I have purchased a good many of them. Whether you are an …
reviewed The Roots of Obama's Rage. October 19, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
The Roots of Obama's Rage
Recently I heard a fascinating interview with author Dinesh D'Souza on a nationally syndicated radio talk show.  During the interview Mr. D'Souza posited a rather provocative theory.  …
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