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Friday, August 4, 2006

Politics Lost -- Joe Klein

From the man who gave us Primary Colors, comes a book that laments the passing of the real politician, as if the nod toward Milton in the title wasn't foreshadowing enough. Not the politician that is patently phony, but the true politicians who aren't afraid to tell the people what they really... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Tipping Point -- Malcolm Gladwell

I enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's current bestseller Blink! so much, I had to read his first attempt, The Tipping Point. And I am glad that I did. Thought-provoking doesn't nearly describe the intense branching of your thought patterns when grasping, or attempting to grasp, the ideas presented by... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How The Irish Saved Civilization -- Thomas Cahill

There is a period of time, a transitional phase, in history that is neglected by histoians for the most part, generally because it is bracketed by two historical events of ponderous importance -- the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Dark Ages. A few historians have touched upon this... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Crisis Of Islam: Holy War And Unholy Terror -- Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis is one of the world's leading authorities on Islam. A Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Lewis has written many bestsellers and critically acclaimed books on the Middle East, books that have been translated into dozens of languages. That being said, The Crisis Of Islam is a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Columbine High School Shooting: Student Violence -- Judy L. Hasday

The recent wave of near misses concerning Columbine-like plans by students to wreak havoc, murder and destruction on fellow students and administrative personnel in our nation's middle and high schools led me to begin to try and understand the problem. Not only do middle and high school students... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Blink -- Malcolm Gladwell

Ever had a persistent first impression, no matter what a person does to counter it? In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell guides us through the emerging neuroscience and psychology that powers the subconscious ability to know, really know, something concrete about a person or event simply by being exposed to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Contempt: How The Right Is Wronging American Justice -- Catherine Crier

There are important books that help define our times, books that need to be read. Catherine Crier has written a book that exposes the conservative and ultraconservative right swing in American politics for its true mission -- the unadulterated and uninhibited ability to dictate how everyone must... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Our Endangered Values -- Jimmy Carter

Our 39th president, James Earl Carter, is quite the writer, a true living national treasure. A poet, an historian ( Hornet's Nest is a fictional account set during the Revolutionary War), a philanthropist and humanist (he founded the Carter Center and is a driving force of Habitat For Humanity), A... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 24, 2006

American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us -- Steven Emerson

Of the plethora of books on terrorism crowding the sales shelves these days, there are few that do not have a blurb or two validating the credentials of the author and his right to expound on the subject therein. But there are few who have been there and back, done the research firsthand,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 6, 2006

Freakonomics -- Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Every now and again there comes a book that so challenges your conventional ways of thinking, that so entertains the ideas that things aren't anywhere near as black and white as experts and leading authorities make them out to be, that it can't but capture the public interest, first as a novelty,... Sign in to see full entry.

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