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Michael rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A History of the Indians of the United States by Angie Debo
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My first book on the U.S. native American experience and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I would have liked a little more context in each chapter before all the details are spilled out. Debo has a lot of stories and narrative and has numerous illustrations ...more
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2010 by Arthur C. Clarke
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A fun sequel to 2001 that is very well written and readable. It provides sufficient dramatic tension to maintain interest and at the same time explores ideas and concepts to make one think. The characters are developed enough to move the story and co ...more
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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Once again this is part of my “put me in the Halloween spirit” books and it did the job. It’s also my first Sherlock Holmes book. It’s well written and flows smoothly. I always enjoyed coming back to it when I finished a chapter.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
read in September, 2014
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A well written book that flows very smoothly. It probably helps that I already knew the plot and characters, but even then I still think it was straightforward prose that made it an easy read.

Having seen the movie several times I enjoyed the book. Th
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With All Our Might by Will Marshall
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This is the centrist Democratic response to the Bush Administration’s war in Iraq and the general fight against violent Islamic extremism. It seeks to provide a positive program given that the authors view the Bush policy as too unilateral and milita ...more
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The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939 by Edward Hallett Carr
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An excellent book for the articulation of early realism in international relations studies.

His goal is to debunk what he sees as the utopianism that drove international relations in the inter-war period when how states should act in relation to each
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Newjack by Ted Conover
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An excellent book that I had been looking forward to reading. It was worth it. He spends a year as a prison guard…er…correctional officer, going though the academy, on-the-job training, and then a year becoming an experienced correctional officer (CO ...more
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The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
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A very good, well-written book. Conrad’s writing is dense in many places with some sentences packed with a lot of information so you really have to pay attention. But it’s worth it. Basically after coasting for years as an anarchist agitator through ...more
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Conan of Cimmeria by Robert E. Howard
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As part of my re-reading of the Conan books, I delved into this second one. It had been a few years since I re-read the first in this series and maybe it’s me or maybe these stories are worse, but the implicit and I’d argue explicit racism really com ...more
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The United Nations At the End of the 1990s by Peter R. Baehr
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This is a good, if uneven, introductory book on the United Nations (UN). Despite the title indicating it focuses on the late 1990s, much of the historical and organizational information is still relevant and therefore the book is still useful.

The aut
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