Harvey Milk is a wonderful man and is rightly a hero of the GLBT movement. This book was a really interesting read in regards to who he was and his liHarvey Milk is a wonderful man and is rightly a hero of the GLBT movement. This book was a really interesting read in regards to who he was and his life as a whole, but I would say that if you've seen "Milk" you probably aren't going to get that much new stuff out of this. There are some changes made to the film to make the story a bit more Hollywood friendly, but the changes are minor and the film is very similar. I don't feel like I learned all that much reading this after seeing the film, but it is still an important read. Although I got a little bit tired of the flowery writing in the last few chapters (following Harvey's assassination) I understood where the writer was coming from and still enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone interested in the early days of the GLBT movement in America....more
This book had distinctly two halves for me. The first was the story of Suzuki's growing up, and up until the end of his college years. This was some oThis book had distinctly two halves for me. The first was the story of Suzuki's growing up, and up until the end of his college years. This was some of the most interesting autobiography that I have ever read, perfectly blending his own experiences with the historical context of the hardship he and his family had to go through being Japanese living in Canada during World War II. It paints a perfect picture of one of the blackest times in Canada and the United States' history, and I would argue that the first 130 pages or so of this book are absolutely indispensable.
From then on, though, its kind of a yawn. Suzuki spends far too much time trying to explain the science of what he was doing after school rather than the biographical part of it. In a different context, like in a book more dedicated to science, I would say that it would be interesting. Within a biography, however, even one about a scientist, it didn't seem right. I found myself pushing through the second half of the book trying to sift through all the science-y bits to get to more about his life story. I may want to read a science book by Suzuki, and an autobiography by Suzuki, but mixing the two seemed a bit awkward.
If the book were novella size at 130 pages, it would be 5 stars and recommended to everyone I know. As it stands, the second half makes it a 3. Kind of disappointing, but still good. I recommend everyone read the first five chapters or so....more
If you have even a vague interest in history, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is absolutely required reading. If anyone I knew suggested they had an iIf you have even a vague interest in history, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is absolutely required reading. If anyone I knew suggested they had an interest in reading anything about history outside of what they learned from high school and collegiate textbooks, I would suggest this first and foremost.
It is absolutely the most heart-breaking and eye-opening book I have ever read. The book tells the story of the various tribes of the American plains and southwest, including the Sioux, Cheyennes, Apache, Navajo, and others. Anyone today with half a heart will be disgusted and outraged by the stories in the book, of how entire populations are nearly wiped out simply to have more room to mine, and how formal treaties are quickly ignored by the United States government when it conveniences them. Everyone in the States who has taken a history class knows that the Native Americans had it bad, but I don't think it ever occurred to me how awful it really was until reading this book....more
Barack Obama is certainly as good a writer as he is an orator; he just has a way with words, and if law and politics weren't his dig he would have madBarack Obama is certainly as good a writer as he is an orator; he just has a way with words, and if law and politics weren't his dig he would have made a great novelist. This being said, "The Audacity of Hope" is well-written, but a bit dry. It doesn't have the same page-turner quality and immense character of "Dreams From My Father."
If you are someone who has little knowledge about politics and doesn't really know anything about Obama's governmental philosophy, this book serves as an excellent introduction. However, if you follow politics and already have a good grasp Obama as a politician, this will seem like a book you've read before. Its like a best of his speeches, without the same vigor and excitement you get from actually hearing one of his speeches.
Still, there's more good than bad about this. I don't feel the need to re-read it, and its nowhere near as good as "Dreams From My Father," but its something. The best moments in the book are the ones where he's talking about his family, not his politics-- He just never gets in depth enough in the political discussion to make this anything new. ...more
As far as political memoirs go, "Dreams From My Father" has to be the best I have ever read. It may be my favorite non-fiction book since Maya AngelouAs far as political memoirs go, "Dreams From My Father" has to be the best I have ever read. It may be my favorite non-fiction book since Maya Angelou's wonderful "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
I did not go into the book with much expectations. I voted for Obama, but have lately been less than impressed with him, thinking perhaps he wasn't as progressive as I would like for him to be. This book, though, helps.
He tells a good story, and could have easily had a career as a writer if the politician thing didn't work out. He has a way with language that paints scenes flawlessly, and has a life so interesting it will probably make yours seem about as interesting as a single day in his shoes, and that's before becoming a senator and president.
Its an important work, for anyone who wants to get deeper into the psyche of the man who is now leading our country. It tells of a strong man, with strong values, but of a flawed man as well. I highly recommend this book. ...more