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The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath
First of all, the author is my firstborn, so I do have a bias. That out of the way, I read this book not once but several times, as he wrote it and mo ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel
A review mentioning that the basis of this novel is the fact that Robert Heinlein and some other science fiction writers had worked at the Philadelphi ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
Okay, I'm nostalgic about the Sixties. I enjoyed this memoir of Greenwich Village in the early 1960's--despite the cover photo and Rotolo's well-known ...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
The Angel Of Terror
I have been wanting to read one or two of Edgar Wallace's novels for some time to see what all the fuss was about in his day. This tale of an amoral b ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs, #2)
Second in the trilogy, this is one of the most haunting books I have read in a long while. Eerie and hard-boiled at the same time, Morgan's blend of s ...more
Apr 2006
Jul 08, 2007
Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
I didn't particularly enjoy Kurlansky's book on nonviolence--although his facts are accurate, they are often incomplete and his tone is snarky through ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
What Technology Wants
Although I disagree with many of Kelly's points, my main reasons for giving this book only two stars are its length--was it really necessary to recap ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life
When I read someone's memoir, what I am most interested in learning is what kind of person the writer might be. A select few describe their failures a ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
The Lord
Still reading this book, which is really a series of meditations on the Gospels. Guardini's meditations are wonderfully illuminating and quite good st ...more
Jun 04, 2008
Mar 31, 2007
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker has written a very ambitious book exploring the decline of violence over human history and the possible reasons for that decline. Some o ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
The Nonviolent Life
This is perhaps the best book John Dear has written to date. It is readable, but a thorough introduction and how-to book for people practicing nonviol ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
I know, Dalton is a great rock critic. I did learn a few things from it, but I did not like his writing style. Just listen to the music.
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House
Full Disclosure: Garrett Graff is a friend and business associate of my son, who appears a few time in this book. I know and like Garrett and find his ...more
Mar 05, 2008
Feb 06, 2008
Perfect: Don Larsen's Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen
It's difficult, I think, to write a baseball book about the 1956 Dodgers and Yankees because so many of their names and histories are familiar: Jackie ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
I don't agree with some of what Grossman says--he seems for example not to have read the literature on suicide bombers, but his book convincingly desc ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
Although I am not a gardener--I joke that I have a black thumb, I do understand the attraction and love to walk through communal gardens and so forth. ...more
Mar 12, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
One of the first books I remember reading was a kid's biography of Mickey Mantle, probably written in the late 1950s. The Dodgers and Giants had left ...more
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift
This is a feel-good book, especially if you were, like me, a kid in New York whose interest in baseball and baseball players only grew stronger after ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Mr. Da V.
Way back in the 1960s, I read most of the science fiction and fantasy magazines then published, and every now and then would delight in reading a stor ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
About halfway through this final novel of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, I realized the series was about child abuse, whatever else might be going on. Al ...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Judaism: A Way of Being
I try to avoid lengthy reviews, but this excellent book merits one. First, the things I didn't like: Gelernter misunderstands or is not aware of the d ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day
This book is subtitled "A History of Protest Songs from Billie Holiday to Green Day" and Lynskey pretty much achieves that goal in a bit more than 500 ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
What bothers me about this book may be a kind of cognitive dissonance: adult themes, primal ones like love and death, treated with respect but in the ...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
October 1964
In 1958, my family reluctantly switched from rooting for the former Brooklyn Dodgers to rooting for the Yankees. It was not the same experience at all ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
The Forever War
Dexter Filkins has written a classic, a moving book about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, about the soldiers and civilians embroiled in the wars, an ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
The River Why
I know beans about fly-fishing, and as a kid I grew to hate fishing because of early morning forays with my father and one of his brothers wherein I w ...more
May 02, 2008
May 02, 2008
Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe
Although I am not a World War II buff, this long, detailed examination of how the Nazis governed the people they conquered fascinated me. There were s ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
This book is great reading and very informative for anyone interested in the medieval world, Vikings, the settlements of Iceland and Greenland by the ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
What is the What
This is the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the story of one Lost Boy, but it is also the story of so many people, driven from their homes and famili ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 09, 2007
Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits
The further I read in Hoskyns biography, the more I was reminded of A.J. Weberman, the guy who spent years digging through Bob Dylan's trash and analy ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
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