Flynt does it again. This guys ceases to amaze. Needless to say the size of this book is pretty daunting. And southern history does not always make fo...moreFlynt does it again. This guys ceases to amaze. Needless to say the size of this book is pretty daunting. And southern history does not always make for good reading. In my experience, most southern history drowns in its own nostalgia or is just too dry.
But Flynt delivers here in a journalistic style that keeps it moving.
He does a good job of showing cause and effect relationships/events. It's one of those books you wish you could memorize all of the facts.
If you want to know what really makes Alabama tick and you have the time, this is a good one.(less)
This is a book that I want to share with my friends. Gordinier does a FANTASTIC job of capturing the thoughts, discussions, issues and music that I ha...moreThis is a book that I want to share with my friends. Gordinier does a FANTASTIC job of capturing the thoughts, discussions, issues and music that I had all throughout my school days.
Gordinier does a good job of outlining the media's fascination with the tsunami that is the Baby Boomer generation and the lurid news fix on the youngest generation, the Millennials. Sandwiched between these two spotlight hogging masses is Generation X.
If you're looking for a strong call to action to save the world and a 10 bullet-point plan for starting a movement. This book isn't it (and you're probably a Boomer anyway). If you're looking for a book to outline a strategy to get your cause noticed and bring some media attention your way. This book isn't it (and you're probably a Millennial).
This book has all those things, but presents them in a much more REAL way. Not slacker. Not dumb. Not unmotivated. But data driven; experience driven; community driven. Real.
At 179 pages, it reads like a well-informed passionate op-ed piece and not much more. And the beauty of it, is that it doesn't try to be much more. Sure there are the rants and causes that come into play late in the book, but this is all just to show what's possible and what Generation X is grappling with now, in 2009.
At a minimum, the book will have you out renting Slacker, Googling Captain Beefheart and surfing eBay for Oblique Strategy Cards.
So if you're looking for something to help you build you case or start a movement, there are probably better books out there. But if you're interested in what's happened over the past 20 years, where it's all going and who is in charge, then this short cultural history is just the thing.(less)
Petroski fascinates me. How can one man spend so much energy and concentration on so many singular topics.
This book focuses on the history of the book...morePetroski fascinates me. How can one man spend so much energy and concentration on so many singular topics.
This book focuses on the history of the bookshelf and bookcase. Who knew that for years all books were designed to lay flat on their backs and not standing up? Eventually someone said "hey there's a more effecient way..."
Petroski's research is amazing. This book contains tons of etches, sketches, patents, etc. of all kinds of things bookshelf related.
Though at times I found myself bored with it. But I think that was do to the exhaustive nature of this work.
Without a doubt, this is one for anyone interested in the history of books or printing.
But I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read.
Not the most exhaustive collection of plates out there, but fun to flip through.
Good photos and explanations of many of the nameplates as well as exp...moreNot the most exhaustive collection of plates out there, but fun to flip through.
Good photos and explanations of many of the nameplates as well as explaining the periods they were developed and what made them fashionable.
Of course, as in all bookplate books, there are plenty of bookplates from famous people (maybe they were the only ones who could afford them back then?). But there are neat side stories about unknown folks who just had a passion for books.
A huge bonus with this book is that it's in color. There's nothing more frustrating than looking at flat grayscale photos of bookplates, while the author tells you all about the brillant reds and greens. But all of the color plates are appear color in this book.
A neat one to flip through for folks who like books, history, graphic design and symbology.(less)
Feiler does a good job of stacking up opposing beliefs in this book. I was amazed at how many warring people around the world read the exact same stor...moreFeiler does a good job of stacking up opposing beliefs in this book. I was amazed at how many warring people around the world read the exact same stories, about the exact same people, doing the exact same things, but intreoret the stories differently. As in "night and day" difference.
You probably are familiar with all of the subject matter in the book, but Feiler presents a refreshing voice and view of the topics.(less)
I love the time period this book encompasses, the mid to late 1930's. Lots of good music, writing, events that hadn't been squashed by the coming of W...moreI love the time period this book encompasses, the mid to late 1930's. Lots of good music, writing, events that hadn't been squashed by the coming of World War II.
There is no doubt that Orgill did her research. Wow! She knows it all and does a good job of painting a vivid picture of what the streets of America were like back then. But that's all this book is, a vivid picture of life back then. No real compelling narrative. Just plenty of creative tidbits to highlight some of the characters like Count Basie, FDR and Joe Louis.
I have to say that the few pages on Lewis are the highlights of this short and colorful book.(less)
I don't know what it is, but I love books about wine. I honestly can't explain it, but the mix of history, personalities and the fruit of the vine is...moreI don't know what it is, but I love books about wine. I honestly can't explain it, but the mix of history, personalities and the fruit of the vine is always something I can get into.
And the first third of the book did not disappoint! It was fantastic! But then... it lost it's zeal.
The story starts off with some huge auctions for some bottles of wine, unearthed in a forgotten cellar and reportedly to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson when he was assigned to work in Paris. The story picks up as these fantastic faces of the global wine trade get involved and money is flung about in record setting auctions. All of it is made that much sweeter by the fact that all of this really happened.
Then you get to the middle of the book where bottles are shown off at this party and that party, so-and-so said this or that, etc. And this goes on for some time. It honestly feels like some hum drum listing of witness testimonies as the world tries to figure out the story about all of these fantastic finds.
And then the last third of the story is only a few pages as things are hashed out and *bam* it's over. No real final explanations or backstory... just "here's what happened. Buh-bye." Up until this part it's read like a book, but here it feels like a newspaper article just stating the facts.
I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wine. It's a great conversation story. Lots of names we've all heard and a great mystery to boot.(less)