Insanely good and insightful on the behind-the-scenes action of one of the most closely watched political races in my generation. Very informative onInsanely good and insightful on the behind-the-scenes action of one of the most closely watched political races in my generation. Very informative on what actually goes on in a political race from the strategies and formulas to make a candidate and a winner. Also, great insight on actual events, thoughts and feelings of all the players from the candidates, managers and those casual observers who just happened to be at the right place at the right time to capture some the missteps along the way. I left feeling really sad that the political race for the highest office in the world is similar to that of an episode of American Idol. Considering the person who wins this job will basically control the world, I thought there would be more depth into the world of elections, but sadly no. Most of the players in this book were as I expected - Obama was Cool and confident, McCain/Palin mismatched and maniacal and the Clintons were arrogant and full of themselves. The one candidate that I did not expect to dislike as much as I did was John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. Not so much from this book, but after reading this, I had to read Andrew Young's The Politician. Just shocked at how people vying for this job can become such power hungry a-holes from the candidates to the spouses. So, that was a revelation that I did not expect after reading this book. Overall a great read. I've become a real fan of political bios after this, because politicians are certainly a unique breed of people. One that I probably would never know in my lifetime because their in such a different spectrum then everyone else. I think I can befriend or get to know a celebrity, an artist or a musician. But I don't think I could get along well with a politician. I don't think anyone can, really. ...more
I couldn't put this book down. After reading "Game Change" I had to get to know more about what exactly happened to John Edwards that caused this downI couldn't put this book down. After reading "Game Change" I had to get to know more about what exactly happened to John Edwards that caused this downward spiral in his career & life. I thought I would really dislike John Edwards, but the person I most disliked immensely was his wife. Maybe it was a little bit of Andrew's obvious dislike for her, but she came off as the more ambitious, cold and calculating of the duo. John was as I expected, arrogant and stupid for cheating on his wife and thinking he was above everyone else and would never ever be caught. Boy was he wrong! But what I didn't expect was how wimpy and emasculated John Edwards was both around his wife and his mistress. What a total dope! His wife berates and chastises him constantly. And then in front of his mistress he reverts to 17-year old high school boy who can't say no to the first pretty girl that gives him attention. What a idiot! Then Rielle Hunter. No words could describe her brand of stupidity.
After reading this book, I was left feeling more convinced that politicians are a different breed of human. I discovered that at first after reading Game Change, but after reading this book I was 10x more convinced!
I didn't feel sorry for the author Andrew Young, and he pretty much tells you throughout not to feel sorry for him and is honest that he's writing this book for the money. I give him kudos for being honest about that. While reading this book I kept thinking how it must have been painful for him to write it. I know the feeling of betrayal, and even after getting stepped on & being hurt, you wish you can still be that person's friend and could see yourself forgiving them, but then reality kicks in and you realize its over. It's a sad and lonely feeling. So in that regard I felt a bit of his pain. I probably wouldn't have done the same thing he did, but I'm not critical of of his choice for doing it.
Overall it was an easy read and pretty good. ...more
This is the first book I've read from this author, and thankfully so, because I feel most of the reviews on here compare her first work too much to maThis is the first book I've read from this author, and thankfully so, because I feel most of the reviews on here compare her first work too much to make an unbiased review. This book had a lot going for it and well, a lot not. First, what I liked - the islands charms, the monastery, the power of women and friendships, the secrets the power of this island holds and the unravelling of the truth. What I didn't like - the main characters crisis and her answer for it. It's no wonder this book was made into a lifetime movie, it has that kind of ending. I really liked the main character. She was flawed, hell who isn't, but I don't think she made any mistakes in her life, until the way the book ended it. I hate books like this one where they have a character who has so much to tell and going for her and in the end she chooses what's easiest. Makes the storyline too personal for the author and not at all fictional. I felt Jessie had a storyline that had no ending, like the sea at the final chapters of the book. I could digress about the ending and my dislike for it, but the rest of the book I thought was beautifully told, highly imaginative and had a lot of charm. I loved all the islands characters. I laughed out loud at a lot of parts. Cried towards the end for a grieving daughter and mother, and related a lot with the main character and dealing with an older, sick mother. It was a nice read and departure from the other books i'd been reading which dealt with true crime. So it was nice to read a book about true loves. Overall, this is worth reading whether you read her first book or not. ...more
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this book, this series and this author. It's a great book. One of my absolute favorites! All the chWhat can I say that hasn't already been said about this book, this series and this author. It's a great book. One of my absolute favorites! All the characters, the locations, the entire series is action-packed, filled with characters that I absolutely loved and sexy as hell! So grateful Stieg Larsson was able to give us 3 books before his untimely death. The sadness in realizing that Lisbeth's saga is over so quickly is painful to think about. I could see Stieg taking this character to new places and storylines that would have been just as gripping as these 3. Makes me sad every time. Thanks Steig Larsson for creating one of my favorite fictional heroines ever! ...more
This is a wonderful story, unfortunately I didn't care less about how it was written. The authors went everywhere with this story and a lot of the timThis is a wonderful story, unfortunately I didn't care less about how it was written. The authors went everywhere with this story and a lot of the times left me confused on who, where and what was happening, because there was too many stories and not a lot of focus on a particular one. I thought the highlight of this book was how they explained the enormity of the Nazis theft of art, jewels and belongings of so many Jews and museums that they looted in their path of destruction through Europe. What was the most sad to read was so many of the lost art and buildings and monuments that will be lost forever. ...more
This was a great read. I watched the movie Social Network first, and thought it followed this book pretty closely, so it was a bit redundant. I highlyThis was a great read. I watched the movie Social Network first, and thought it followed this book pretty closely, so it was a bit redundant. I highly recommend either reading the book or watching the movie, as they are both a fascinating insight into the creation of facebook and the type of guy Mark Zuckerberg is. He's not a villain or a hero, just a guy with a brilliant idea and passion who by accident created a revolution that would change the way we communicate forever! ...more
I was truly disappointed with Breaking Dawn. I felt she wrote this book, probably to appease her readers, rather then tell her story. She gave us an eI was truly disappointed with Breaking Dawn. I felt she wrote this book, probably to appease her readers, rather then tell her story. She gave us an ending that everyone expected but the way she went about it was beyond bizzare and outrageous. It felt like the ending was tied neatly in a bow, no regrets, no sadness when in reality there should be some regret. I hope she does write another book in the Twilight realm, but in Jacob's POV. He was by far the best character and most likable to me in the entire series. Bella was entirely unlikeable since the middle of Book 2. Her low self esteem irked me, especially someone who was as grounded and supposedly mature for her age. Edward was written too perfect. No man like that exists in society, which is probably fitting that she made him a monster and not a man. I'll continue to read the Twilight series but end at Book 3 and pretend the events of Book 4 never occurred. ...more
My least favorite of the Mercedes Thompson series. I hope Book 6 will be better, but felt this was rushed and too confusing at times. Way too many chaMy least favorite of the Mercedes Thompson series. I hope Book 6 will be better, but felt this was rushed and too confusing at times. Way too many characters and description of sequences and not enough action. Mercedes felt less sassy and bad ass too. And Poor Samuel. Hoping she churns out a better effort in Book 6....more
By far, my favorite Harry Potter book. I loved that JK Rowling throughout the entire series was'nt afraid to go too dark. Since Book 1, she made you fBy far, my favorite Harry Potter book. I loved that JK Rowling throughout the entire series was'nt afraid to go too dark. Since Book 1, she made you feel the pain of loss, struggle and humility. This one was by far the darkest of the books and while the ending was happy, there was a lot of pain we as readers had to endure to get to the end. ...more