I thought this book was very well written. It held my interest, and I liked the way it was presented in a diary format, with each person getting a few...moreI thought this book was very well written. It held my interest, and I liked the way it was presented in a diary format, with each person getting a few pages to tell their perspective of events.
While I am not an expert on foreign policy or Leftist activist groups, it seemed strange that these “hikers”, who happened to be outspoken opponents of America’s foreign policy and of Israel, just happened to be hiking right on the border of Iran and got captured. At some point I would think they would have thought this may not be a good idea to be wandering around near a hostile country like Iran. Maybe they thought if they said they were sympathetic to the Iranian/Middle East hatred of the U.S. they would be viewed as friends. It made me think they went over there hoping to be captured so they could be part of a hostage trade between the US and Iran. Along those lines, they seemed to be upset that the US didn’t buy into a hostage swap to get them out. Depending on your trust of the CIA, I don’t see the value in trading these very low-level peacenik protesters for some of the international prisoners we have locked up.
The other thing I thought was interesting (almost funny) was how they were getting upset that the Obama administration didn’t appear to be doing anything to get them out. But these three are critical of most all things American. They remind me of skiers who dash down the part of the mountain that is off limits, then cry when they cause an avalanche and nobody comes to get them.
But, that being said, I did enjoy the book and was curious how it would end. (less)
I don't know where to start to write a review of this book. This book was riveting, shocking, and made me understand the lengths activists and politic...moreI don't know where to start to write a review of this book. This book was riveting, shocking, and made me understand the lengths activists and politicians will go to further their agenda. The author is to be highly commended for his exhaustive research. A gay reporter researching a highly-charged beating that the media (and those involved) claimed was a hate crime. I was shocked and angry all through this book. Shocked that all the research Mr Jimenez did couldn't have been done by other major news organizations. And angry that activist groups and the Clinton administration hopped on the hate crime bandwagon so easily. What the public has been led to believe is that cute, lovable, adorable Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead simply because he made a pass at a homophobic, redneck stranger. What I came away with was that Matthew Shepard was nothing more than a meth-dealing, meth-using, HIV-infected gay man that may have gotten too caught up in rival drug distribution groups in the Denver/Ft Collins/Laramie area. He new his killer (he had partied and had sex with him numerous times) and was the victim of a meth-induced rage beating in an attempt to steal thousands of dollars worth of meth that he was distributing from Denver to Laramie. The person I really feel for is the killer's accomplice, Russel Henderson.
Anyone who thinks they know the Matthew Shepard story needs to read this book.(less)
Read the introduction, so far. I guess it's supposed to be a big hit piece on Big Tobacco. I don't smoke. Never have. Back in the '60s my Dad would sa...moreRead the introduction, so far. I guess it's supposed to be a big hit piece on Big Tobacco. I don't smoke. Never have. Back in the '60s my Dad would say that cigarettes are "cancer sticks". Not sure what the big deal is. Anyone dumb enough to start smoking after 1950 has to know the dangers. It's a free country. You can harm yourself however you want. And I don't buy the second-hand smoke claim.(less)
What do we really know about a celebrity we see for one hour a night? Probably very little. I grew up with Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show. I've al...moreWhat do we really know about a celebrity we see for one hour a night? Probably very little. I grew up with Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show. I've always enjoyed his jokes, his banter, and his on-screen personality. Henry "Bombastic" Bushkin's was Johnny's lawyer, friend, and confidant. His memories and stories about Johnny were an insight into the man I'd grown to love and admire throughout my life. He was not perfect by a long shot. He drank a lot, had a fiery temper, was extremely competitive, socially uncomfortable, and you had better not cross him. But he was extremely generous and seemed to care little about money. Only about the success that allows the attainment of money. Many people would say Mr Bushkin is vindictive and wrote the book because most all the players are dead and can't refute the stories. I don't believe that's at all true. Bushkin said something to Carson very early in the book when Johnny was lamenting about a personal issue and was asking for discretion. Bushkin said he couldn't say anything if he wanted to because attorney-client privileges prevent him from saying anything until you're dead. Bushkin criticizes himself plenty and points out some very positive things about Carson. I read this book in about one day, it was that interesting and well-written. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Johnny. But be prepared...it may make you look at him a bit differently. You may see him as human.(less)