I did not get this book. First of all, there was too much gay rape. Second, not enough cocaine. Also, I do not like cartoons. This book could be renam...moreI did not get this book. First of all, there was too much gay rape. Second, not enough cocaine. Also, I do not like cartoons. This book could be renamed Superman Had Daddy Issues and nobody would know the difference, except the people who read it, who wouldn't care anyway, 'cause they'd all be too shocked about the gay rape. Ban this useless book from Good Reads.
Mark Felt was "Deep Throat". The guy who brought Nixon down. The lone voice of truth in a time of dark, dark lies and a government that was covering u...moreMark Felt was "Deep Throat". The guy who brought Nixon down. The lone voice of truth in a time of dark, dark lies and a government that was covering up a cover-up. He was an FBI agent, a close assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, and one of the few candidates to replace the famous cross-dresser after he died. He should be regarded as an American hero in a fair world. But this is not a fair world. Despite Felt's best attempt to portray himself in the best light, it is hard to square his questionable memory with that of countless other books that more factually examine the events of Watergate. Worse, his justifications for being the most famous whistle blower in American history ring about as truthful as your average Donald Rumsfeld press conference. If Felt was really the principled, stand-up guy he wants us to think he is, he'd have resigned from office as soon as the cover-up started and gone public, instead of leaking half-truths to a dozen different journalists and sending the country into a confused panic that barely kept up with the legitimate investigation. Despite all the flowery re-examinations of Felt and Deep Throat, nothing changes the Occam's Razor-tight fact that Felt was most likely leaking for revenge, purely for getting passed over for the Director's spot. The final story of Watergate has not been written yet, and in the end, not much revealed in this self-serving, anti-climactic heap of words adds anything to what we already knew, or already suspected. Just more fog for the haze.
This is quite possibly one of the best reference books ever. A perfectly essential book for all of us unlucky-in-love types. The only thing missing is...moreThis is quite possibly one of the best reference books ever. A perfectly essential book for all of us unlucky-in-love types. The only thing missing is the "How to Spot a Jobless Psychopath" sequel. Oh, right. That's mine to write.
David Talbot's 'Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years' is a study of the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Spec...moreDavid Talbot's 'Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years' is a study of the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Specifically, the book focuses on Robert Kennedy's apparently firm belief that his brother was killed as a result of a conspiracy, most likely as direct blowback from the CIA's attempts on Fidel Castro's life. Talbot unearths countless references to both RFK and his aids that suggest RFK was almost fully convinced of a plot. The book also details RFK's attempts at diplomacy with Cuba and several other communist leaders toward the end of his life. Though he started out as a rabid anti-communist who engineered or sanctioned most of the early plots to kill Castro, by the time he was killed, RFK was an advocate of a new brand of foreign policy focusing on diplomacy and talking to our "enemies". The book could not be more timely in light of the debates over Barack Obama's foreign policy intentions, particularly with regard to Iran. Though Talbot fails to make clear who may have finally been involved in the conspiracy to kill JFK, he does make a strong case that both brothers were killed as the result of an internal power struggle in the US between the Kennedy brothers and the "intelligence" community. A scary book, quite frankly, even if it doesn't tie up all its loose ends.