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Steven rated a book 4 of 5 stars
City Primeval by Elmore Leonard
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Elmore Leonard gets four stars. The guy never allowed a cliché onto a sheet of paper. Nobody in his books is really a good guy or a bad guy; everybody just plays an assigned role and tries to get by. The spare writing carries me for the first chapter...more
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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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"Team of rivals" - okay, an excuse to write another Lincoln book, and that's what this is: another effort to parse our greatest politician. I have read a lot of Lincoln books. Not surprising, Doris Kearns Goodwin does a wonderful job analyzing his po...more
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The Unwinding by George Packer
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This is an engaging, well paced, provocative book that will guide the way you understand these changing times without pounding you over the head. It's all here - the decline of the rust belt, the failure of southern industry, the commoditization of p...more
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The Best Game Ever by Jim Reisler
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I would enjoy going through an old scrapbook of pleasant times. The 1960 World Series was the first I ever watched on TV, and in the mid-60s I moved to Pittsburgh, where Forbes Field became one of my favorite places....more
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Ike and Dick by Jeffrey Frank
Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage
by Jeffrey Frank (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2013
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You know this Ike - the leader who stumbles over words yet never lets anybody doubt who's boss. Broad heartland smile, piercing blue eyes. But you might not know this Dick. In many ways Jeffrey Frank draws a familiar picture: the insecurity, the atta...more
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The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich
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It's hard to remember a time when a senior editor at an international magazine could inform a woman that she had been denied promotion because men would not like working for her. Lynn Povich reminds us of that time, and of the courage it took for wom...more
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Deadlines and Disruption by Stephen B. Shepard
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You get two books in one. First comes the author's memoir, the story of a Bronx kid who goes from City College to Newsweek to editor in chief of BusinessWeek and induction into the magazine hall of fame. Then comes a tight and cogent examination of h...more
Steven rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2013
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This is a very good airplane and vacation page-turner. But it's not a book you will long remember. In creating characters who are potential monsters, the story builds a lot of suspicion (not suspense), but gives you nobody to root for. It attempts to...more
Steven rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Distant Witness by Andy Carvin
Distant Witness
by Andy Carvin (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2012
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A pioneering and thorough study of how to practice journalism through social media. Author Carvin, working for National Public Radio in Washington, covered the Arab Spring conflicts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria from his home by...more
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