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Ed Eleazer rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Zealot by Reza Aslan
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You might be inclined to buy this book because of the dust-up between Aslan and a Fox News interviewer. That’s why I did. But don’t waste your time or money. Aslan produces nothing new here, nor does he provide anywhere near as solid an overview of t...more
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Deathly boring. Overwritten and stunningly dull.
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Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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I really wanted to like this book. I have been a Carey fan since The Fat Man in History and Bliss , and I have collected most of his novels in first edition — many of them signed. As a historical novelist, Carey is unsurpassed. His prose is elegant,...more
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Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
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I read this in 2002 when it first came out, but have re-read it in preparation for a freshman composition class I'm teaching this fall, where the theme is "witch hunts." As other reviewers have pointed out, here, Leveritt is not unbiased, but it is h...more
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Revolutionaries by Jack N. Rakove
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This book should be required reading in American history courses at the high school level, as well as in civics and political science courses (Do they still teach Civics in grade school?) Rakove's analysis of "The Founding Fathers" is nuanced and ext...more
Ed Eleazer rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Slap
by Christos Tsiolkas
read in May, 2010
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The novel's premise is interesting (at a family barbeque in Melbourne,Vic., a man slaps an unruly child (not his own) who is threatening said man's own son with physical violence. The slap reverberates through the lives of everyone in attendance for...more
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