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Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
4.25
My rating would have been 2 and one-half stars if Goodreads had given me the option. Plus I think the divergence of this review from the "average" of...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
Calico Joe
3.77
The greatest triumph in today’s popular fiction could be the equal success John Grisham gets from his deepest hatred and his richest love.

Most know t...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
4.08
What ever your position on the FOX – MSNBC political polarity spectrum, I think you would have to agree that Rachel Maddow is the only political talk...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.44
A good friend, Lucy Murphy, recommended this book. And I'm so glad she did. Carol and I listened to it on our road trip from Chicago to Tallahassee a...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
 
11th Hour (Women's Murder Club, #11)
3.95
I have pretty much given up on James Patterson.

I still enjoy his Alex Cross -- the only series that he hasn't farmed out to lesser talent.

I have also...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
 
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the Politics of Extremism
3.91
Asymmetry.

Perhaps the most relevant concept in understanding the full brace of change that is this new century is “asymmetry.” The simple Webster defi...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
The Shadow of Your Smile
3.60
Formulaic. In the case of the vast majority of frothy mystery writers (think Janet Evanovich or Sandra Brown), “formulaic” not only describes the plot...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
Mornings on Horseback
4.11
OK. Here's my definition of fanatic. After just finishing a wonderful extended look at Teddy Roosevelt post-presidency ("Colonel Roosevelt" - reviewed...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
 
I'll Walk Alone
3.74
The tell. From Wikipedia: a "tell' in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player's behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player's ass...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
 
The Inner Circle
3.73
I had lost faith in Brad Meltzer. His stellar explosion onto the political thriller scene in the late '90s and early '00s was very welcome. Grisham ha...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
 
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17)
3.94
What were they thinking when they cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

This is the 17th in the Jack Reacher series. But my first. Reacher fits into the lon...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
Wilson
4.07
I’ve given the fourth star to this exhaustive biography of Woodrow Wilson, not because it approaches the greatness of Morris’ Teddy Roosevelt trilogy...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
4.00
"The Oath" is an excellent discussion of the perverse, hypocritical direction the Court has been on and has seen accelerate under Chief Justice John R...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
 
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
4.00
Finally a book about change that starts with the end in mind. In most of the prior extensive literature of this area from self-help to management cate...more
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
 
Cronkite
3.83

“You don’t know what you’ve got, ‘til it’s gone.”

In reflecting on Walter Cronkite and his era, this 1970’s Joni Mitchell refrain from “Big Yellow Tax...more
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business
3.52
I'll be the first to admit that the audience for this book is pretty narrow. In addition to McKinsey alums looking for a shout out, the folks like me...more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
 
Identical (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #9)
3.40
I have enjoyed each of Scott Turow’s nine novels, starting with “Presumed Innocent.” He and John Grisham have had parallel careers for me. Both of the...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
 
Anna Karenina
3.99

The classics are wasted on high schoolers! I had trouble even wading through the Cliff Notes of Anna Karenina for my AP English course.

As part of my...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
 
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
3.88
A fascinating President who deserved a less subjective biography. Monroe by himself is due five stars, but the fawning, blind-eye treatment by Unger d...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
 
Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned
3.82
I'm pretty well read on the Civil War, but I'll have to say that I picked up some nuggets here.

Perhaps the most interesting is to upend my "conventio...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
 
Contagious: Why Things Catch On
3.76
Jonah Berger has given us a very good read that builds on "Switch" and "The Tipping Point." In essence we are introduced to a means to put into practi...more
Aug 2013
Aug 01, 2013
 
The Fear Index
3.35
Starting with this real world premise -- The May 6, 2010 Flash Crash[1] also known as The Crash of 2:45, the 2010 Flash Crash or just simply, the Flas...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
3.86
This must be my week for late 1800's intrigue. I just reviewed Candice Millard's strong "The Destiny of the Republic" about the events surrounding the...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service
3.63
“It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle.

This quote kept recurring to me as I read this book abou...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
"Lebst du noch?" With an arched eyebrow, Berliners greeted each other with this question -- "Are you still among the living? -- in the days after Hitl...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
Life
3.82
I'm on a delay at ATL. A perfect place and time to finally get around to my review of "Life." This review has had almost as slow a gestation as readin...more
Mar 02, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
The Professional (Spenser, #37)
3.75
Much like using a sorbet as a palate cleanser, I needed to read a little Robert B. Parker after my bloated course of Pynchon. So I was going to enjoy...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
 
Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories
3.85
Only available for $2.99 as an ebook, "Suicide Run," is not only a good inducement for the upcoming full Bosch novel, "The Drop," but the three storie...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
 
Colonel Roosevelt
4.20
This is the third and final volume of Edmund Morris’ superb Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Though the period covered here is...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
 
New York to Dallas
4.39
Hated it.

J.D. Robb is the demented alter ego of Nora Roberts, a romance novelist with over 209 books to her "credit." Her friends and family are the...more
Nov 10, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
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