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The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath
First of all, the author is my firstborn, so I do have a bias. That out of the way, I read this book not once but several times, as he wrote it and mo ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
The Angel of Terror
really liked it
I have been wanting to read one or two of Edgar Wallace's novels for some time to see what all the fuss was about in his day. This tale of an amoral b ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
The Lord
really liked it
Still reading this book, which is really a series of meditations on the Gospels. Guardini's meditations are wonderfully illuminating and quite good st ...more
Jun 04, 2008
Mar 31, 2007
The River Why
it was amazing
I know beans about fly-fishing, and as a kid I grew to hate fishing because of early morning forays with my father and one of his brothers wherein I w ...more
May 02, 2008
May 02, 2008
Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
it was ok
I didn't particularly enjoy Kurlansky's book on nonviolence--although his facts are accurate, they are often incomplete and his tone is snarky through ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages
liked it
A very informative book, from the introduction to the bibliography. Many of the stories from the Talmud shed light, for me, on some of Jesus' parables ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
it was ok
I know, Dalton is a great rock critic. I did learn a few things from it, but I did not like his writing style. Just listen to the music.
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Judaism: A Way of Being
really liked it
I try to avoid lengthy reviews, but this excellent book merits one. First, the things I didn't like: Gelernter misunderstands or is not aware of the d ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
What Technology Wants
it was ok
Although I disagree with many of Kelly's points, my main reasons for giving this book only two stars are its length--was it really necessary to recap ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life
really liked it
When I read someone's memoir, what I am most interested in learning is what kind of person the writer might be. A select few describe their failures a ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
it was amazing
Why did it take me so long to find this book? Bourgeault's primer of Centering Prayer is thorough, readable and quite practical. I find it has changed ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown
really liked it
A review mentioning that the basis of this novel is the fact that Robert Heinlein and some other science fiction writers had worked at the Philadelphi ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
it was amazing
Chalmers Johnson's third book about the pernicious influence of militarism on our country is excellent. I was a participant in or observer of many of ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 01, 2007
A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
liked it
Okay, I'm nostalgic about the Sixties. I enjoyed this memoir of Greenwich Village in the early 1960's--despite the cover photo and Rotolo's well-known ...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
Confessions of a Crap Artist
really liked it
I had not read this Dick novel previously, and found myself experiencing cognitive dissonance since much of it takes place in rural Marin county, a re ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs, #2)
it was amazing
Second in the trilogy, this is one of the most haunting books I have read in a long while. Eerie and hard-boiled at the same time, Morgan's blend of s ...more
Apr 2006
Jul 08, 2007
October 1964
it was amazing
In 1958, my family reluctantly switched from rooting for the former Brooklyn Dodgers to rooting for the Yankees. It was not the same experience at all ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
liked it
I gave this latest exploration of our planet's past, present and future by Richard Fortey three stars because it felt a bit programmatic, less spontan ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine
it was ok
As a witness to many events covered in the book, and having met and gotten to know many of the people mentioned, I regret to say this is not a very go ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Conscience of a Liberal
it was amazing
My book club outvoted me--I didn't want to read this book, because I figured a regular reader of Krugman's columns would not get much from it. I guess ...more
May 08, 2008
May 08, 2008
Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism
really liked it
A little more than midway through this short but intense examination of reconciliation in the Bible and in contemporary South Africa and American Chri ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
really liked it
Steven Pinker has written a very ambitious book exploring the decline of violence over human history and the possible reasons for that decline. Some o ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone
really liked it
Probably not for everybody, this first person history of the first years of the Congo's independence from Belgium enhanced my understanding of the eve ...more
May 13, 2009
May 13, 2009
Salt River (Turner, #3)
really liked it
Salt River is the third novel in a series of lyrical crime novels by James Sallis. The first two are Cypress Grove and Cripple Creek. His prose is bea ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2008
The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA
really liked it
Mendez is in the news again because of the part he played in smuggling six U.S. diplomats out of Iran in early 1980, but don't read this book merely t ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science
really liked it
This is not a full biography, but rather one that attempts to explain, for non-physicists, just why Richard Feynman was and is one of the most importa ...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
Outcasts of Heaven Belt (Heaven Chronicles, #1)
it was amazing
This is a shelf of books that, counter to most popular fiction, offer nonviolent solutions to their plots.

First up, this 1982 novel about a desperate
Mar 2005
Sep 07, 2007
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
it was amazing
This brief book covers a lot of ground: a capsule history of the feminist movement; a dissection of the Playboy universe; the rise of pornography as a ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan
really liked it
Another great job of interpretive, analytical reporting bu Chandrasekaran. I wish my years in the U.S. Foreign Service did not reinforce the failures ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
really liked it
Camillleri's second Montalbano novel entranced me. I appreciate the social and political commentary woven through these stories but what I really enjo ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
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