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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
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I was a bit disappointed. The parts about his family and background and how they influenced him were open, honest, and intriguing. I was hoping for a bit more insight into his struggle with depression, but he only occasionally goes there. Much of the ...more
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The Deep by Peter Benchley
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Pretty good little adventure book. In the end, I think there were some lines of the plot that got dropped or were not adequately resolved, and some of the characters' reactions were not really believable. The main observation was that the description ...more
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Destiny and Power by Jon Meacham
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Meacham gives an admiring portrait of Bush. It is a comprehensive story, filled with quotes from diaries that show an intimate and candid picture of the man. He does a good job of contrasting Bush the elder with Reagan and with George W. There are cl ...more
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Moving On by Larry McMurtry
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Well, old Larry sure writes well. His characters are rich, intriguing, and believable. His dialog is convincing and his descriptions are unobtrusively vivid. I could see all the places he describes. He understands Texas and its residents.

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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
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Tedious. Though short, this felt like an extremely long book. Annoying and depressing.
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The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
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It started out in a rather stilted and artificial tone, almost cartoonish. As they were introduced, the characters seemed formulaic and uninteresting. However, I stuck with it and was not disappointed. This really was a good war novel. Following the ...more
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American Sniper by Chris Kyle
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I don't rate this book low because of who Kyle was, but simply because it was not well organized. He comes across as a genuine guy who did a job. Yes, he had very black-and-white views about us being good and the insurgents being evil, but I think he ...more
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The German War by Nicholas Stargardt
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Fascinating book. A very detailed and thorough investigation into the experience of World War II from the German point of view. It was very interesting to read the personal letters of several soldiers and civilians over the course of the war. I learn ...more
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