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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq -- Thomas E. Ricks

The Penguin Press, 2006 To date, Fiasco, written by the Washington Post 's senior Pentagon correspondent, Thomas E. Ricks, may be the most damning expository penned about the assinine incompetence and sheer arrogance of an authoritarian leadership run amok -- the Bush administration. Ricks details... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Team Rodent: How Disney Devours The World -- Carl Hiaasen

Random House, 1998 Think you know Disney? Think that everything is simply peachy in the Magic Kingdom? Think again. Carl Hiaasen, a native Floridian and an award-winning investigative reporter, examines Disney from a completely biased perspective -- that of distrust and dislike for all that is... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future -- Jeff Goodell

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006 Being from the heart of Appalachian coal country, I couldn't pass by a book titled Big Coal. Knowing a little bit about the Bush administration's rewording and minimizing of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and neutering the Environmental Protection Agency, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Conservative Soul -- Andrew Sullivan

HarperCollins, 2006 I saw Andrew Sullivan on CNN one night and the man was simply inspirational. I had never heard of him. I found out that he is gay, has AIDS (in remission), is a Christian, a conservative, a published author, and wrote one of the most-read political blogs, "The Daily Dish", on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

America Against The World -- Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes

Times Books, 2006 Perception is everything, or so we've all been led to believe. And to some extent, it is true. Especially in the diplomatic/political world, where what is perceived to be true, whether it is or not, can make or break candidates and policies faster than a known fact. In America... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Kingdom Coming: The Rise Of Christian Nationalism -- Michelle Goldberg

W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 Nationalism in and of itself is not a particularly bad thing. However, if you add an element, such as an elitist militancy, you get problems. Add religion and you get a problem of self-righteous proportions, something of a divine nature mingling the idea of god-ordained... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

The Pirate Hunter: The True Story Of Captain Kidd -- Richard Zacks

Hyperion, 2002 The treasure and notoriety of Captain Kidd are legendary. Everyone has heard of one of the most infamous pirates of all time. Everyone at one time or another has heard or seen stories, seen documentaries and fictional accounts, that tell of the legend. There are rumors that the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Open Target: Where America Is Vulnerable To Attack -- Clark Kent Ervin

Palgrave MacMillan, 2006 Hundreds of expository books have been written since September 11, 2001, about the shortcomings of the American government and/or its ability to protect itself from a like future attack. Most of them deal with the international aspect of national security, diplomacy, and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Enrique's Journey -- Sonia Nazario

Random House, 2006 One of the most divisive political and economic issues of our time is the situation regarding unprecedented and seemingly unchecked illegal immigration into the United States. It is true that the numbers seem to be growing, although "unchecked" would not be an accurate term. Sonia... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The End Of Iraq -- Peter W. Galbraith

Simon and Schuster, 2006 There are many who speak with authority, credibility and conviction about the dereliction and gross mismanagement that has highlighted the Bush administration, but none so scathingly and pointed as Peter W. Galbraith. And the subtitle of the book says it all: How American... Sign in to see full entry.

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