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The Gun by C.S. Forester
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Wow, is this a boring narrative written for the post WWII adolescent market. All narrative, little dramatic story telling. The main character is a giant bronze gun that Spanish partisans use to slaughter the French Infantry. Forester wrote a bad stor...more
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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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It is the kind of book that discourages people like me from writing -- It is beautifully written and edited. A brilliant book about American life in the 1990s.
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The French Blue by Richard W. Wise
The French Blue: A Novel of the 17th Century
by Richard W. Wise (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2010
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Gem dealers make their money during the negotiation, not on the quality of their goods. Richard Wise does a fine job of exposing the art of the deal. He also brings history to life and throws in a bit of romance. I found the book pretty intriguing. I...more
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My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
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Brian science at an understandable level.
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The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk
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Well, After reading about the serial debacles of the Persian, Russian and British empires in Afghanistan over a hundred year period, it doesn't much seem that America and Obama have much of a chance. History repeating itself, again and again.
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The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
The Night Gardener
by George Pelecanos
read in August, 2009
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A god old fashioned police procedural written with insight and grit. Nice.
John and 1 other person liked Philip's review of A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali:
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
" This is horrific and very honest. Another must for anybody who wants to spend time in the region and wants to understand how it can all go wrong very quickly. It’s incredible how people still tend to blame the colonial past for today’s problems. I... " Read more of this review »
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"I was going to call my book the same thing, but the bastard stole the title. I remember the scene vividly when a soldier drops a grenade into a man's...more "
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Rainbow's End by Lauren St. John
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Kidnapped was a best-seller in its day, just as Hoot or Harry Potter is today. The old best-sellers had very reliable plots. Get a good charact...more
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