Case Closed is a pretty easy read and I enjoyed learning more about one authors perspective on the Kennedy assassination. Gerald Posner spends an awfu...moreCase Closed is a pretty easy read and I enjoyed learning more about one authors perspective on the Kennedy assassination. Gerald Posner spends an awful lot of time on Lee Harvey Oswald's life early on in the book and it sets the tone for the book as it leads you to believe that this was the only shooter during the assassination. It covers almost every angle of what some of the conspiracy theorists believe might have happened including quite a bit of back story on Jim Garrison. The book makes a legitimate case for the single bullet theory, and for the reason JFK's head went back and to the left. I'm just not 100% sure that I believe it. The video shows JFK getting shot from what appears to be the front. Only three bullets from LHO? I'm still skeptical. We might never know what really happened on that day in November. Gerald does a great job of gathering evidence and supporting one point of view on what happened.(less)
When you realize Ben Carson's unique background - that he grew up in poverty as an African American in the slums of Detroit and Boston; that his singl...moreWhen you realize Ben Carson's unique background - that he grew up in poverty as an African American in the slums of Detroit and Boston; that his single Mom wisely motivated him to read as a pathway out of poverty; that reading gave him an insatiable appetite for learning; that he has been a union member; has managed a crew picking up trash on the highway and motivated them to the highest productivity; that he graduated from Yale in psychology and U of Michigan med school; that at age 33 he was named Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins; that he has experienced virtually every economic class in our society firsthand; that he is a prostate cancer survivor, that he has traveled the world over; that he is much in demand as a public speaker - you appreciate that this is an extremely intelligent and learned commentator who has lived life and has many insights to offer.
Dr. Carson points out that many pinnacle nations including Egypt, Greece, Rome, Great Britain, France and Spain have declined. They all shared similarities; "an inordinate emphasis on sports and entertainment, a fixation with lifestyles of the rich and famous, political corruption, and the loss of a moral compass." "The question is, can we learn from the experience of those nations the preceded us and take corrective action, or must we inexorable follow the same self-destructive course?"(less)
Po Bronson's What Should I do with My Life is a collection of true stories from people old and young from a variety of backgrounds. All of these indiv...morePo Bronson's What Should I do with My Life is a collection of true stories from people old and young from a variety of backgrounds. All of these individuals have a story to tell for how they jumped into their careers, their career successes and failures. Second guessing, doubt, family obligations, are all presented as you read through interesting tale after interesting tale of perserverence, success, and failure. Finding yourself through your career is up to you. That's what I took from the book. You have the opportunity to learn and grow through trial and error. I liked how it reads like a collection of short stories and that you can pick the book down and picj it up as you please without having to re-read a previous chapter for characters or concepts.(less)