A split narrative is such a neat way to tell history. To tell the story of the great World’s Fair of 1893 and still be able to shine a light of a sick...moreA split narrative is such a neat way to tell history. To tell the story of the great World’s Fair of 1893 and still be able to shine a light of a sick psychopath is rather impressive. Larson is able to convey warmth and the enthusiasm that surroundings the fair one minute and the sick, sadistic inner workings of a mad man the next. A seamless timeline of events and powerful story telling really made this book stand out. At times I found it difficult to separate fact from speculation (would've been nice to see footnotes, rather than unconnected notes and sources at the end of the book). The narratives seem unbalanced near the end and the quick tidying up of people’s lives after the fair too truncated to fit with the overall style. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this one.(less)
Alright I've a few days to better digest this one.
I agree with the core tenant that Scientist are not communicating with the public effectively, and t...moreAlright I've a few days to better digest this one.
I agree with the core tenant that Scientist are not communicating with the public effectively, and that this needs to change. To be totally honest most practicing scientist I know are horrible communicators. I'm just not totally sold on his methodology. Olson is both passionate about this subject matter and faithfully practices what he preaches. I even think most of his ideas and theories about communication are spot on (this is coming from someone who has no idea how to communicate).
I just don't see how poor communicators are going to incorporate them into their lives. I guess that's what is disappoints me the most about the book. No clear guide on how we can communicate to the public at large better.
I like his ideas, I just don't know where to go with them.(less)
This treatise is a great attempt to reconcile religion and science. Dr. Miller makes an elegant argument that religion and science are not opposed to...moreThis treatise is a great attempt to reconcile religion and science. Dr. Miller makes an elegant argument that religion and science are not opposed to one other. Miller does an excellent job of showing how modern evolutionary theory can fit within a non-literalist interpretation of someone’s faith. All the while Miller destroys the various creation myths and Intelligent Design “theories “with good science, but he also makes theological arguments as to how those theories are incompatible with faith or non-faith. Never once did the book become overly preachy or condescending.
While I disagree with the tenant that religion and science are not in opposition, I do agree that science and faith can co-exist; and lead to important discoveries about our place in the universe. (less)
Blown Coverage by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn, follows PFL Linebacker and Counter-terrorist Riley Covington as he and the rest of the Front Range Respon...moreBlown Coverage by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn, follows PFL Linebacker and Counter-terrorist Riley Covington as he and the rest of the Front Range Response Team uncover and defeat the Causes’ dubious plot. From attacks in Costa Rica to far more personal acts of violence, keep Riley on his toes, while terrorist acts in major cities throughout the U.S. keep FRRT occupied. As a thriller, this book is full of action packed scenes and plenty of violence. The Descriptions of the individual terrorist attacks is griping and very well done. As the violence ensues, Riley relies on his faith and guidance form family to get him through this.
Farfetched concept, bland characters, and coming off as a little preachy made this book hard to get through for me, but then again I'm not exactly their target audience anyway.(less)
Joker One, follows a young lieutenant, Donovan Campbell, and the 40-man platoon deployed to Iraq known as Joker One. It is a well-written first person...moreJoker One, follows a young lieutenant, Donovan Campbell, and the 40-man platoon deployed to Iraq known as Joker One. It is a well-written first person narrative describing the preparation, deployment, and the day-to-day life in the hell that is war.
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. I was worried that there would be some overwhelming political message that would cheapen the sacrifices of the men serving our country. Instead, I was surprised by an objective, perceptive and introspective account of one man’s experience of leading men through the streets of Ramadi. Campbell masterly conveys the hardships faced by his platoon: the hostile environments, lack of equipment, long hours, all without being self-pitying, to him it’s just part of the war. He also does a wonderful job of describing how confusing and trying war can be, especially in an urban environment where friends and enemies are in such close proximity. But the most important thing this narrative conveys is the emotional connection the Marines have for each other. The reader really feels the love that the Campbell has for his men.
After reading his story I have a better understanding of how veterans and soldiers are affected by not only war but the emotional ties they have for one another. I’m glad that the author chose not to include his personal feelings of the war in Iraq and just conveyed a message that I think few understand. (less)