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reviewed The boys in the boat. August 24, 2014
The boys in the boat
"The Boys in the Boat" tells the true story of nine men who were members of the University of Washington crew team. The story shows of their hard work in making the team and their goal of reaching …
reviewed Park Avenue to Park Bench. June 30, 2014
Park Avenue to Park Bench
The author, Michael Domino sent me a free copy in exchange for a non-biased opinion.      In the author's introduction he stated that the book is a collection of actual experiences …
reviewed Stains On The Gavel a book. October 10, 2013
Stains On The Gavel a book
When Mr. Massie offered me a reviewer copy "Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime" I decided to give it a chance and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale for a week!  Mark Casey (Mr. Massie) was …
posted a Quick Tip about Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f.... September 19, 2013
romantic, sweet, meaningful, let's know what is love, emotion and how to be with the one to make happier life
reviewed The Great Pearl Heist: London's Great.... September 18, 2013
The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace
I down rated Crosby's debut popular history of the American Yellow Refer epidemic of the 19th century a couple years ago because she didn't trust her resources to tell the story, trying instead …
reviewed Outliers: The Story of Success. August 03, 2013
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell will have a new book out this fall, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.     Here's the bumph from his publisher Little, Brown. "Malcolm …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 11, 2013
In Cold Blood
The murders that are graphically depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood -which is now universally recognized more for its writing than anything else- are nauseating, grisly and malicious; these …
reviewed The Imposter - How a Juvenile Crimina.... May 07, 2013
The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded
I will admit that I am not much of a reader of self-help/transformation books. The preamble for most of them starts off with, "Do you like the way things are going in your life?" Perhaps that's …
reviewed Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, .... May 06, 2013
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
For political junkies the 2008 presidential campaign was a feast that satiated many desires, for it was the mother of all soap operas that had a vast array of characters with flaws and more than an abundance …
reviewed The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exor.... May 06, 2013
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
With a plethora of exorcism movies available for viewing consumption, the subject itself has always been viewed as either an archaic act of old world superstitious wizardry or a scream feast with friends …
reviewed The Year of Magical Thinking. April 03, 2013
Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion, one of America's foremost journalists and writers, tackles a universal experience in The Year of Magical Thinking, that of dying, death, loss and grief. Ever the practitioner of the …
reviewed The World America Made. March 11, 2013
The World America Made
The World America Made by Robert Kagan is about the constantly evolving changes in the world order and the projection of power by the major players, as well as small coalitions of countries which can …
reviewed The Great Pearl Heist: London's Great.... January 10, 2013
The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace
"Grizzard had any number of methods from which to choose for the heist. With his decades of experience, he had worked both as a burglar and receiver. Broker and dealer. Jeweler and thief. He and his gang …
reviewed John Adams (David McCullough book). November 30, 2012
John Adams
John Adams was an 80-year-old former President and still constant patriot when his beloved wife wrote these words, as reported in McCullough's masterful biography: "Your father's zeal for …
reviewed Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fi.... November 17, 2012
Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert
This is a story that I have read more times than I care to remember. Back in 1903 a total of 602 people, mostly women and children, perished in a fire at a matinee at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. …
reviewed The Secret Life of Codebreakers by Si.... September 17, 2012
The Secret Life of Codebreakers by Sinclair McKay
Imagine being a member of a team whose work was said to have shortened World War II by at least two years–––and not being to tell anybody about it for decades. Your friends, neighbors …
reviewed Inferno by Max Hastings. September 15, 2012
Inferno by Max Hastings
Max Hastings's impressive achievement here is that he has written such a readable one-volume study of the war. The book's readability is largely due to Hastings's inclusion of so many views …
reviewed The Way the World is Going. September 01, 2012
The Way the World is Going
A while ago, I came across this book in a book store. I thought that having a first edition of an H.G. Wells book would be neat.      This isn't one of his novels, instead as it …
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 …
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.  …
How To Survive The Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic (the ship's name a shorthand for both the event and its importance) is a poignant story that unlike so many about the ship is fresh and powerful in its impact.  …
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 …
Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens The Aermican Way of Life
America is in a race with China that will go a long way toward determining our future quality of life. Few Americans know that this race is underway.      World supplies are growing …
reviewed Can A Catholic Be A Democrat?. April 13, 2012
Can A Catholic Be A Democrat?
Needless to say today's national Democratic party bears precious little resemblance to the political party that our parents and grandparents were so loyal to. In years gone by the Democratic party …
Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material
You might think that a book about the history of concrete would make for some mighty lame reading. I must admit that this was my initial reaction when I happened upon Robert Courland's new book "Concrete …
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