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Gulag: A History of the Soviet Concentration Camps
4.16
This is a fantastic book. It is a must-read for anyone who has any illusions about communism. It sucks. It is evil. It belongs in the dustbin of histo ...more
Jul 17, 2004
May 19, 2008
 
Timeline
3.79
I’ve never been terribly impressed with Michael Crichton. He writes excellent action and adventure scenes, but his characters always seem flat and one ...more
Nov 11, 2000
May 28, 2008
 
What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East
3.45
In this sleek and informative book, noted Middle East scholar Bernard Lewis examines the interaction between the Islamic world and the West. It's a fa ...more
Sep 26, 2002
Dec 31, 2008
 
Fear No Evil
4.40
So I'm watching Hell's Kitchen the other night, one of the few, if not the only, reality show I like (though I'm enjoying it less and less every year) ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Superstitious
3.37
This book is billed as Stine's first adult horror novel. It is not very good.

The premise sounds promising. A local small-town college is shocked and t
...more
Feb 12, 2004
May 28, 2008
 
The Summoning
3.65
Rio Verde is a dusty little town in the Arizona desert that happens to contain a Chinese vampire.

That is the premise of The Summoning, an overly long
...more
May 03, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
 
What's So Great About America
3.92
Dinesh D'Souza has written a powerful and well-reasoned defense of America and Western civilization. He takes on objections and criticisms from all id ...more
Jul 18, 2002
Dec 31, 2008
 
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline
3.87
A former judge, Yale law professor, Solicitor General, and Reagan nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert Bork is pessimistic about America's future. In ...more
Nov 16, 2002
Dec 31, 2008
 
Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds
3.95
This entertaining and well-written book makes an interesting claim: it made sense for folks to believe in haunted apples and flying witches and devili ...more
Oct 2006
May 27, 2008
 
The Ark (Tyler Locke, #1)
3.78
I have a (very) minor fascination with Biblical mysteries, so when I saw this book on the new releases shelf in my local library, I snatched it up.

I
...more
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
 
First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)
4.37
I loved this series, and the final book is no exception. I’m sorry to see it come to an end. My first thought was that the series should continue, now ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Extinct
3.48
Extinct should have stayed that way.

This is not a good book. The prose is awkward and wordy, the characters shallow, undeveloped and uninteresting, t
...more
Jun 29, 2002
May 28, 2008
 
Esau
3.29
It's been a while since I read anything, fiction or non-fiction, about the yeti, or Abominable Showman, or Bigfoot, or whatever you want to call the m ...more
Nov 30, 2002
Jun 20, 2008
 
Integrity
3.59
What I most enjoy about Stephen Carter is his ability to write plainly yet persuasively. That's amazing because he's a bona fide intellectual - a law ...more
Mar 04, 2002
Jul 02, 2008
 
Thor
4.16
Thor immediately suspects there is something wrong with Uncle Ted when he comes to visit. He seems different, but Thor can’t place it. Uncle Ted may b ...more
Apr 18, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
 
Hell's Aquarium (MEG #4)
3.90
Didn't make it a quarter of the way through this stinker. I enjoyed the first few books in this series, but this went just went off the deep end. Sill ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
 
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
4.09
This is a wonderfully concise, well-written history of the war between Israel and Egypt, Syria, and Jordan that lasted only six days in June 1967. The ...more
Dec 23, 2003
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Long Surrender: The Collapse of the Confederacy & the Flight of Jefferson Davis
3.76
Ever wonder what happened to various Confederate leaders after the Civil War? Maybe, maybe not. But if so, this is the book to read. Author Burke Davi ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Mar 01, 2009
 
A History of the American People
4.05
British historian Paul Johnson makes clear in the preface to A History of the American People his motivation for writing this book: “This work is a la ...more
Aug 05, 2000
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Buffalo Soldiers
3.78
First a brief story: I found this little gem at an antique shop just off Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, AZ. That trip was memorable because just af ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
 
Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
4.28
Paul Johnson is a great writer and incisive historian. He doesn't merely tell you what happened. He analyzes events, explains why they occurred, and e ...more
Nov 27, 2001
Jun 02, 2008
 
On a Field of Red: The Communist International & the Coming of World War 2
3.67
It may take you forever to read this (as it did me), but for history geeks it's worth the time and effort.

This is a detailed history of the various d
...more
Dec 05, 2013
May 25, 2009
 
I, Vampire: The Confessions of a Vampire - His Life, His Loves, His Strangest Desires ...
3.69
I must admit, when I first started reading this book, that it struck me as a rip-off of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. The protagonist, David Parker, ...more
Sep 03, 2001
May 30, 2008
 
Bush at War
3.41
This book is about President Dubya and the first 100 days after September 11, 2001. It chronicles the goings-on of the President and his inner circle ...more
May 21, 2003
Jun 20, 2008
 
Dead Man's Song (Pine Deep, #2)
4.09
This is a very good transition novel between the first and final books of the Pine Deep anthology. I give it three stars, rather than four, because, a ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Jun 01, 2008
 
Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
3.75
Do you, like me, have that family member, or neighbor, or co-worker that likes to talk politics, and maybe you agree with their point of view, but the ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Harvest Moon
3.48
I really liked the idea for this Halloween novel, but the execution didn't work for me. The writing was good and the small-town setting was perfectly ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
3.37
This book is well-researched, fun, and entertaining, but I don't know if it's a serious book.

Coulter begins by stating that American political debate
...more
May 02, 2003
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Walking
3.46
Miles Huerdeen is a private investigator. His elderly father suffers a stroke and dies a few months later. But his dad doesn't rest in peace. He walks ...more
Jul 28, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
 
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
4.07
This is a fascinating, riveting book that I found nearly impossible to put down. Bad weather mixed with questionable human judgment combined for a dea ...more
Jan 22, 2001
Mar 01, 2009
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