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Made in Detroit
Synopsis of this book: My racism, let me show you it.
Jan 2007
Nov 01, 2007
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
This is a comprehensive and sobering account of contemporary American retail culture, and how discounting has become pervasive, and what the consequen ...more
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win
This was better than I'd expected. I'd been aware of this book for several years, having seen it on the shelves in bookstores. But I'd never bothered ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America
Very readable and well-written account of David Beckham's time with the LA Galaxy, and why it hasn't exactly worked out as hoped (at least on the fiel ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey
I'm a hypocrite, because I'm always complaining about how pro athletes speak in the same mind-numbing cliches all the time. But the first time one DOE ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada
As an American whose side of the political spectrum has spent much of the past few decades losing to the other side at least in part due to the influe ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin
Thought this was surprisingly good. The most salacious bits have been widely reported in the media already, so no big revelations from reading the act ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong
Even before his downfall, Lance Armstrong always seemed like a jerk to me. This pretty much confirms it.
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business
It's not a modern version of The Jungle with descriptions of unsanitary and disgusting conditions, nor is it about the ecological or health effects of ...more
May 04, 2014
May 03, 2014
This is an absolutely stunning piece of journalism.

Like most people, I paid attention to the Columbine story for the first few days and then it recede
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise
I think it could have been organized differently to make it clearer -- at times the thesis seems buried in the accretion of details about Wal-Mart new ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
Given what I'd heard about this book before reading it, I was probably inclined not to like it. It lived up to its billing - 200 pages of boring, affe ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid
I'm not a huge Matt Bai fan in general, but this is a good, and dare I say it, important read. It examines how changing cultural, technological and po ...more
Nov 15, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
At The Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs And Whitey Whiteness Of The New Republican Right...And Why We Should Take It Seriously
Edited collection of previously published articles about the Tea Party from 2009 and 2010. Quality varies, and overall, it already feels dated.
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Not the easiest read in the world, but well worth reading. Morozov critiques the idea of "solutionism," where technological fixes are assumed to be po ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
Interesting and smart take on pop culture (primarily music) and the recycling of the recent past. Didn't always agree with his perspective (hey, I hap ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar
I've never had any interest in NASCAR (although I did follow CART for a time as a kid), but its rise is an interesting cultural phenomenon. And I'd he ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
Coming Out to Play
Robbie Rogers was an exciting young player on the Columbus Crew in the magical 2008 season. For me it was a great experience to go out to LA and see t ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
A Fan's Notes
I had never heard of Exley until recently, and was interested mostly because he lived in the isolated part of New York state where I attended college. ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Confessions of a Political Hitman: My Secret Life of Scandal, Corruption, Hypocrisy and Dirty Attacks That Decide Who Gets Elected (and Who Doesn't)

I've done opposition research professionally, so this was of interest to me. The parts where Marks actually discusses his oppo work were somewhat int
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Wrestling with Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino
Interesting book by a veteran labor activist about the pros and cons of Starbucks. She concludes that on most issues Starbucks really is a better corp ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed
Stephen Brunt is one of my all-time favorite sportswriters, and has been for years. I always loved his columns in the Globe & Mail, enjoyed Search ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Dreaming Suburbia: Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture
This book was very different from what I thought it would be. I thought it would be more a direct history of Detroit's suburbanization. But most of th ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
The Philosophy of Punk
I feel somewhat bad ripping on this, because it is an interesting topic, and it was initially a photocopied, self-published labor of love, not a profe ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party
Really interesting look at the religious right and how it's come to occupy its key place in American (especially Republican) politics. This is a topic ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 15, 2010
Necessary Errors
I wanted to like this more than I did. There were some passages in it that really were beautiful and thought-provoking. But for the most part, I found ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
**spoiler alert** I persevered through this entire book because it was for book club, but I suspect I would have given up were it not for that. It jus ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 25, 2011
The Real Romney
I didn't know a lot about Romney's background, so this was an interesting, if somewhat dry, read. I took away from the book that Romney is basically a ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism
There's some interesting stuff in here, particularly the chapters about how agriculture works now. But there are just way too many Friedman-esque gene ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Sarah's Key
Probably closer to 2 1/2 stars than three.

Sarah's story is compelling, if not the most artfully written. I did get drawn into wanting to find out wha
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
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