This might be one of the top twenty books I've ever read. As in other sports books, this book implies that it's about fly fishing ... but it's reallyThis might be one of the top twenty books I've ever read. As in other sports books, this book implies that it's about fly fishing ... but it's really reaches beyond that. If a person had to categorize it, he could probably stick it in the "Quest" pigeon hole, or maybe "Be careful what you ask for." Heywood has the ability to knock you on your ass laughing at some incredibly funny line or circumstance and then follow it up with some utterl profound insight. Yeah, I liked this book. ...more
I am a child of the 60's ... meaning that more or less those were my college years. During those times we spent a lot of energy railing against somethI am a child of the 60's ... meaning that more or less those were my college years. During those times we spent a lot of energy railing against something we called the "military/industrial complex." The current leviathan that Rachel Maddow descibes in Drift makes that institution of the 60's look like Wilie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Ms. Maddow takes us through the development of this beast starting with Viet Nam, meandering through the Reagan years, the regimes of Bush the elder and Bush the dumber, finally brining us to the sad state of affairs that we face today. Repeatedly during the process, Maddow points out this is not what the founding fathers had in mind. They recognized the danger of concentrating the power to wage war in the hands of one man like the king ... or say, the president. They felt that such a grave endeavor should be a group decision. This is why our Constitution places this in the hands of congress. Ms. Maddow shows us how, over time, this power has been leached away from congress and usurped by the executive branch. Indeed, presidents, including Obama, have conducted costly wars without congressional approval or knowledge.
Although Drift paints a dark, grim picture, all is not without hope. At the end of the book, Maddow lists a number of suggestions on how we may work or way out of this dilemma ... before it's too late. This is a well researched, well organized book written in an easy to read prose puntuated with a good bit of Maddow's wit. I wish everyone, regardless of their political persuasion, would read it. Sadly, because it was penned by Rachel Maddow (never mind her Rhodes Scholar creds.), the Fox News junkies will avoid it like the plague. Too bad, they might learn something ... or not....more
In Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris-Perry proposes the notion that black women in America are pigeon-holed into one of three sterotypes: Jezebel, MammyIn Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris-Perry proposes the notion that black women in America are pigeon-holed into one of three sterotypes: Jezebel, Mammy or Saphire. Ms. Harris-Perry further suggests that while these sterotypes are promoted by the dominant white culture, they are also perpetuated by black women's racial brothers and their own churches and are deeply rooted in history.
This is an important, well-documented book. While it may not be comprehensive enough to be a core text, it most certainly should be required reading in college courses such as African American Women's Studies, Race Relations and Social Psychology. Having said that is not to label this work purely as a text book. While Ms. Harris-Perry,s assertions are well supported and profusely footnoted, her prose flows smoothly and is easily read. I would strongly recommend this tale of the American black woman's struggle to right herself in the "crooked room" to everyone. Having been raised in a metropolitan city and educated at the university, I was amazed at how little I know about black culture....more