I’ll be honest. I’ve never really been interested in world affairs or politics. The only time I would be interested in either one of those, is if I ha...moreI’ll be honest. I’ve never really been interested in world affairs or politics. The only time I would be interested in either one of those, is if I happened to be having an affair with a politician. But that wasn’t the case. A friend of mine told me that I needed to buy the book and spread the word. I promised that I would. And because it seemed to mean something to him, I told myself that I would read it front to back, regardless of how painful it might be.
The fact that after having completed the prologue, I was actually interested in reading the first chapter was a shocker to me. But the talented Aram Roston does such a delightful job at creating a vivid picture of twisted characters and scandals that I wanted to see more. I kept reading and thinking, “Wow. I might actually read a good story, learn something new…and like it!”
The whole subject is new to me, so it’s difficult to give a detailed review in anything other than a lay persona terms…and I do mean lay. In a very abbreviated nutshell, here’s my hazy ADD style skinny on the story:
This Iraqi teen goes through some crazy drama. Traumatized, indeed, but he is also smart. When he gets older, he goes into academia. He can’t stick with it, though, so he does the thing that his family wanted him to do and goes into banking. There, he loses a lot of peoples money, yet still manages to live like a king. He screws a lot of people over and somehow manages to always get away with it every time. Then America becomes interested in him and gives him some money to work with the FBI. Because of his power and experience, politicians take an interest in him and he somehow magically began to woo and influence congress. Then September 11th happened and some crazy business went down, which ultimately leads to the questions, is Ahmad Chalabi responsible for Americas involvement with the current war in Iraq? It’s up to you to decide. And through the compilation of interviews and facts that Roston dug up, you will have sufficient material to form an educated opinion. It’s exciting, really. It’s a story of extravagance, travel, terror, money, the FBI, the CIA, The UN, money, mistresses, business, lies, money, vivid characters, mystery, revenge, money, scandal, death, manipulation…oh… and money.
In addition to the fact that it’s just a good, educational story that can entertain even politically unsavvy readers, this book just makes you feel more desirable by simply carrying it around. It actually worked as both a fantastic conversation piece and an unexpected pick up tool. Wear pumps and be seen reading this book. Smart men everywhere will ogle you in a way that you have never been ogled before. They will actually approach you in a respectable manner and ask you about your thoughts on literature and the state of world affairs. It has been a most unusual and refreshing experience. It’s also good for chasing the dumb and undesirable away. When seen holding this book, you will actually intimidate them.
**Hint: take this book to a car wash near an affluent neighborhood. This has been proven effective. Also consider reading this at your doctor’s office while your waiting to be attended to, especially if the doctor is cute and single.
In summary, this is simply just an awesome book. It’s expanded my interests in things that happen outside of the little sphere I usually hide myself in, and it’s given me a new sort of knowledge and confidence.
If you want to learn more, or say, get an actual review of the book, a good place to do this is at: www.aramroston.com.
The most positive thing I have to say about Erica Jong is that she has been very very lucky in regards to her career. Good for her. I found Fear of Fl...moreThe most positive thing I have to say about Erica Jong is that she has been very very lucky in regards to her career. Good for her. I found Fear of Flying to be a tragic and unreadable piece of, er, literature. What's inspiring about Erica is that if she can so successfully publish crap like this, then I have a hell of a chance at a damn good future as an author. At least I can tell a coherent story.
I am not going to go on and on about things like how depressing it is that such low quality rubbish could ever make it to public viewing and how disap...moreI am not going to go on and on about things like how depressing it is that such low quality rubbish could ever make it to public viewing and how disappointed I am in media and who they choose to celebrate. Instead, for now, until my complete review comes, I am only going to say that I proud that Miss Pacheco has gone through a difficult journey and survived. I'm glad she had set goals for herself and is apparently on a fast track to achieving them. She is brave and exploratory and hopefully focused on getting to the place she claims she is aiming to get to. I think she will make an exceptional psychiatrist, as she certainly has a lot of life experience to draw from and will be able to offer alternative perspectives to her clients. And I think she will do much better behind a desk than she does in front of her laptop, as she has an interesting story, but no business writing.
The cleverly pen-named authors "Starsky & Cox" provide endless amounts of titillating cocktail conversation and useful research material upon meet...moreThe cleverly pen-named authors "Starsky & Cox" provide endless amounts of titillating cocktail conversation and useful research material upon meeting someone new. Each profile will offer about 25 pages of detailed information. While it's a light-hearted subject, at 560 pages, this is no light book for flipping through, but it's highly amusing, interesting and worth the investment of your time.
This book is not what I expected from an Ivy League lecturer, but it's interesting enough. It's well written (at least compared to every other escort...moreThis book is not what I expected from an Ivy League lecturer, but it's interesting enough. It's well written (at least compared to every other escort written book I've read-and Erica Jong) and it gives some insight to the business conducted by back-page level call girls.(less)
Tracy Quan's story was fun and entertaining, although not as satisfying as I was hoping for, much like many men I've known. I'm unsure if the fluffy q...moreTracy Quan's story was fun and entertaining, although not as satisfying as I was hoping for, much like many men I've known. I'm unsure if the fluffy quality of the story was due to Tracy's personal experience in the industry, or due to her publishers demands. Either way, it's worth a read.
Because I typically fall asleep or become distracted after a few pages of reading, short stories are ideal for me. In addition to that, a well-read fr...moreBecause I typically fall asleep or become distracted after a few pages of reading, short stories are ideal for me. In addition to that, a well-read friend of mine recommended this book to me, so I was really looking forward to exploring it. My excitement did not last long, however. I've read about four of her stories now, and I'm still wondering when things are supposed to become interesting. The book has been given plenty of awards and good reviews, but I can't quite seem to figure out why. Nothing, so far, has been compelling to me in the least. These stories are simply bland. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of them, unless the pills alone aren't enough, and I find I need some additional assistance in passing out quickly. Then again, perhaps I'll just pass it along to granny. (less)
I bought the French version of this book to read along with the English iTtunes audio book I downloaded. What a lovely surprise to realize that the bo...more I bought the French version of this book to read along with the English iTtunes audio book I downloaded. What a lovely surprise to realize that the book that I had been so embarrassed to carry with me to my college language classes was actually a very philosophical book for adults disguised as a book for children, or so I like to believe. While its intended audience is for 9-12 year olds, I feel that an older audience would gain the most out of this story, as they would be able to understand another meaning to the young protagonists pensive dialogue and experiences throughout his otherworldly adventure. While all the characters the Prince runs into throughout this 96 page book are fun, over the top characters with childlike appeal, they are also very accurate representations of characters adults would meet in their actual lives. As they witness the little Prince learn through his relationship with the rose, his run in with the drunkard and his meeting with the lamplighter, readers are offered satirical observations about people we are all bound to meet at some point in our lives. The vain man, the business-man and the king are perhaps the characters that I got the biggest laugh out of, because I have known people like all of these and was actually able to put names to them. This isn’t to say that I didn’t appreciate all the characters. I was laughing all the way through when I wasn’t in moments of contemplative silence and admiration for St. Exupery’s ability to both see things from a child’s eyes and to so cleverly disguise so very many important lessons that we should remember throughout every phase of our life, from enfant to grande personne.
In the beginning, I found it highly amusing that Catherine Millet spoke so candidly about very detailed, raunchy sexual escapades while still maintain...moreIn the beginning, I found it highly amusing that Catherine Millet spoke so candidly about very detailed, raunchy sexual escapades while still maintaining a very proper voice. In fact, when I began the story, I read it next next to a man who had his own book to read. Heavily into war and politics, his reading material was something about the situation of world affairs, but every time I looked over, I noticed that his eyes were on the pages of my book! It was unfortunate that Millet's voice so quickly lost its novelty. I tired of her overt, trashy fuck-speak half way through and did not bother finishing the book, which I don't believe actually contained a story, with the exception that she caught and spread an awful lot of infections and diseases during her time participating in indiscretionary orgies. I was expecting erotica, got and eyeful of filthy, gonzo 70's porn, instead. Just terrible.
The message of this book is that you can understand something within the first few moments of approaching it, or to trust your instincts. Ironically,...moreThe message of this book is that you can understand something within the first few moments of approaching it, or to trust your instincts. Ironically, all I needed was to read the first 10 pages of this book to understand what it would go on to repeat and repeat and repeat again. I was not impressed, as I think a message is most effective when quick and to the point. (less)
This is an interesting book to flip through on long tube rides. The writing was done in good humor and it would be a lovely addition to a collection b...moreThis is an interesting book to flip through on long tube rides. The writing was done in good humor and it would be a lovely addition to a collection belonging to someone who enjoys storing away knowledge on useless trivia. (less)