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Uwe Hook rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Big Money by Kenneth P. Vogel
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This is an excellent and original book that does a wonderful job of explaining where national politics currently are and where they are heading.

Ken Vogel harkens back to the reporters of yesteryear who didn't just repeat PR spin and regurgitate press...more
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A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
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Even with the passing of the years, the scale of this massive betrayal of our country and our allies remains breathtaking in its depth and breadth.
Kim Philby’s massive conceit, the deception of his superiors and colleagues remains a warning for us al...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Invention of Exile by Vanessa Manko
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Manko’s story follows immigrant Austin from Bridgeport, Conn., in the grip of the Red Scare in the early 1920s, to Russia during its Civil War, to Mexico in the 1940s, with stops in France and Turkey. Rich in history and far-reaching in scope, “The I...more
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The Answer to the Riddle Is Me by David Stuart MacLean
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How can we possible repay the kindness of strangers? Do our memories define our identity? David Stuart MacLean’s memoir, The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, goes a long way to explore those questions. The life-altering event that MacLean shares with read...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 1 of 5 stars
Adultery by Paulo Coelho
Adultery
by Paulo Coelho (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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This book purports to be a story of a woman struggling with depression who finds some relief in a short-lived affair with a former boyfriend. But this is clearly a story written from a woman's point of view but written by a man who has a very male ta...more
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The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings
The Last Magazine: A Novel
by Michael Hastings
read in October, 2014
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I did not like the book at all. Way too cynical for me. The characters were narrow and contrived. The plot was shallow and uninteresting. It read like the author had no idea where to go with the book and eventually it just ran away in a kind of convo...more
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Fear by Gabriel Chevallier
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Excellent book that deserves wider circulation. Well written and holds up well despite it having been written over 90 years ago. A more honest statement of the feelings of a soldier at the front may never have been written. There are plenty of descri...more
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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
The Book of Unknown Americans
by Cristina Henriquez (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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In the community of Latino immigrants, from places as diverse as Mexico and Panama and Puerto Rico, are the unknown Americans, the people you don't really see, because you only see the label. They have their own lives rich in culture, language, strug...more
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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So far, my favorite of 2014.

Basically, at the age of 20, Tsukuru Tazaki is kicked out of his brotherhood of five friends, three boys and two girls, with whom he has a very special connection. These are not your run of the mill high school friends. E...more
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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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If you have a passion in your life -- writing, painting, music, sculpting, dancing, acting -- and if this passion is the reason you believe you're alive, then check out this book. One of Pressfield's premises is that we're all MEANT for something, we...more
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