Good book. Not just history, but social science, science, politics....chess has, seemingly, touched on many aspects of culture and has been the drivin...moreGood book. Not just history, but social science, science, politics....chess has, seemingly, touched on many aspects of culture and has been the driving force behind many things (like the drive to obtain AI, it's impact on learning and reasoning even among elementary school children). In the course of this book he shows us move by move the "Immortal Game" played about 150 years, or so, ago. You wouldn't think that Chess would be fun to read about....but this book is the real deal.(less)
So what really happened on the top of Mt. Everest in 1996? According to author Jon Krakauer, no major mistakes were made....just numerous small ones t...moreSo what really happened on the top of Mt. Everest in 1996? According to author Jon Krakauer, no major mistakes were made....just numerous small ones that contributed to the worst climbing season to date (as of 1997) on the "roof of the world."
From sherpas, to guides, to people who shouldn't have even stepped foot above base camp there seems to been enough blame for everyone. It is a remarkable story of physical determination, confusion, high altitude sickness impairing judgment and reflexes and ultimately, unfortunately, a "he said/he said" tale of sorry, death and triumph at the approximate cruising altitude of an airplane.
Jon Krakauer weaves an incredibly true story in such a way that leaves the unfamiliar reader of mountaineering feeling right at home with Jon, Scott, Rob and others of that ill-fated climbing expedition.
Fun book that details the life of a FBI agent who goes undercover to recover some of the world's greatest art and treasures. In fact, I just saw a new...moreFun book that details the life of a FBI agent who goes undercover to recover some of the world's greatest art and treasures. In fact, I just saw a new book out that goes into depth of one of the original "Bill of Rights" that was stolen over 130 years ago and where it went, who had it, who was willing to sell it, at what price, etc. and also the recovery of that work by the author/FBI agent of the book I read, 'Priceless'. He didn't spend a lot of pages on that particular case but it was pretty cool to see how that story came together. But all of his cases were pretty amazing. It is fascinating to see some of the history behind these works of art (and the author, while an FBI agent, turned out to be a true art expert), how and why some people stole the works and how the US government (comparatively to other national governments) didn't really place a high priority on art until about 1995 (and to this day don't place a premium on those cases, 1995 was only the date that the federal government made stealing art, treasure, etc. a federal crime instead of personal property theft).
I love books/stories like these. Incredible lives that these operatives lead and incredible characters that they meet along the way.(less)
A great story/account of a place that many around my age (and certainly younger) had no idea even existed. It is truly scary to see the cover up and l...moreA great story/account of a place that many around my age (and certainly younger) had no idea even existed. It is truly scary to see the cover up and lies perpetuated by our government in the name of national security, all the while having seemingly no regard for human life. And this cuts across all political sides. This was an engaging, true and at times surreal story of Rocky Flats and the devastation that did occur, almost occurred and still does occur in some families even today. Rocky Flats made the plutonium pits for nuclear bombs (and if you don't have the pits you don't have a nuclear bomb). But what exactly happened in 1957, 1969, and again in the 90's? Not only that, but what happened there day in and day out that 2 of their buildings would be labeled in the top 10 of most unsafe buildings in America? And why were so many people getting cancer around that area, and why did the citizens of Denver never really know how close they came to a true disaster?
And why would the government (along with Rockwell, EG&G, Dow Chemical) look to suppress evidence of multiple cover-ups? By the way, if you look up Rocky Flats now (Rocky Flats no longer exists in it's original form), you will see that it's name has been changed to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Happy camping and hiking. (less)