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reviewed Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Cla.... September 17, 2008
Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Classics)
The filth upon which wealth and pomp can be constructed is a central image in this, Dickens's deepest and darkest novel. The tale revolves around an inheritance based on London's trash. The River Thames …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September 16, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
The first of a trilogy (Millennium), Swedish author and journalist Larsson's debut thriller succeeds on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.    First off, it's an absolute …
reviewed Far from the Madding Crowd (book). July 12, 2008
Far from the Madding Crowd
Pastoral romance is more the stuff of poems than novels. In "Far From The Madding Crowd", the first of his celebrated Wessex novels published in 1874, Thomas Hardy devotes a full-scale narrative to the …
reviewed Cold Mountain. December 03, 2007
Cold Mountain
Even rustic Cold Mountain, NC feels the cold embrace of the Civil War and most of its young men answer the call to fight. Some of the more hardened stay behind and form the Home Guard, which amounts to …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... December 03, 2007
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Diamond has followed the triumph of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies(W.W. Norton & Co., 1997) with another brilliant take on history, this one with more profound implications concerning …
reviewed Cold Mountain. November 19, 2007
Cold Mountain
I wrote this review when the book was brand new, but am just now getting around to posting some of my older stuff. My take then: "It's time for GONE WITH THE WIND to move over, the Civil War has finally …
reviewed Ball Four, Plus Ball Five: An Update,.... March 24, 2007
When the book "Ball Four" first came out in 1970, it created a major sensation. For it was the first sports book that presented athletes in any light other than as the shining, pristine hero. There had …
reviewed Cold Mountain. March 17, 2007
Cold Mountain
Immense and reaching in its ambition, dense in its verbiage and sense of character and place, chilly in its view of life and man's fate, "Cold Mountain" is aptly titled, even if most of it weren't set …
reviewed Special Topics in Calamity Physics. January 25, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
It's quite obvious that a lot of learning went into the writing of this book. There are other works scattered throughout the text, all of which connect in some way to the topic being discussed. For a …
reviewed Special Topics in Calamity Physics. January 22, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
There is a genuine story here, with real characters (see Linda Segar, Creating Unforgettable Characters, Owl 1999). You care about them in the midst of, or perhaps in spite of, the incessant interruptions …
reviewed From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the P.... November 23, 2006
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500
Given the wonderful reviews below, it would be vain to summarize the structure of this magnificient book. Instead, I'd like to tell you what I think `Dawn to Decadence' can do for you.    * …
reviewed Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity:.... August 02, 2006
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the
John Stossel is a breath of fresh air, demolishing myths on the left and the right. The troubling thing is that everything Stossel says is something that truly informed people should already know from …
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the
This book explores, and explodes, many of the "urban myths" that abound in our culture. It also reveals that many of the things that we believe are true are not, and the reverse. Each segment is rather …
reviewed Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide. January 31, 2006
Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide
Is this the bashing of a gender? I picked up the book with curiosity piqued by a controversial title, "Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide" by Maureen Dowd, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times op-ed …
reviewed The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg. October 30, 2005
The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg
This book is indeed a 'Homer Kelly' mystery (the seventeenth in the series), but Langton's serial detective has very little to do in "The Deserter." In another of her mysteries, Langton has a character …
reviewed Lord Jim. August 22, 2005
Lord Jim
Young Jim was probably never meant for the sea. As described by Joseph Conrad, the title character of "Lord Jim" had no real love for ocean voyage or relish for adventure except when it was inside his …
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
I read Diamond's new book before reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel," so I did not know what to expect. I was thoroughly impressed with Diamond's ability to muster evidence for a simple yet important thesis: …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... May 14, 2005
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
As explained by the voodoo priestess Minerva, the magic of her craft is best practiced in a one-hour period between 11:30 PM and 12:30 PM called "dead time."    "The half hour before …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... March 21, 2005
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Among his many awards are the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, Germs and Steel," the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... February 09, 2005
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Some books just have that "It" - charm, humor, style and all the quirks that help make a story memorable. Non-fiction has never been more fun - in fact I had to contiously had to remind myself that this …
reviewed Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics). January 14, 2005
Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)
Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' early novels - he worked on The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby simultaneously - and one of his best loved. It has what you would expect from him: memorable …
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is a piece of nonfiction. However, it's not really a crime story, nor is it a straight biography/memoir. Instead, the book falls somewhere inbetween the two. The …
reviewed John Adams (David McCullough book). January 10, 2004
John Adams
The book is written in an easy-to-read narrative which will  capture the interest of any American history enthusiast.   John Adams was a graduate of Harvard College, a United States  Preside …
reviewed Strong Poison. March 08, 2003
Strong Poison
"Strong Poison" is a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, the first of four that feature his relationship with Harriet Vane, so if you are new to Sayers, this is a good one with which to start. Sayers was one of …
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Ann Coulter's central thesis is that "the impossibility of having any sort of productive dialogue [with Leftists] about civic affairs has become an immovable reality" (p. 8). Though it's hardly unusual …
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