My Favorite Books

Decision Point

Any political memoir tends to be defined by two salient qualities – self-justification, and self-exculpation. And in the case of George Bush there would appear to be a particularly pressing need for both. Bush left office two years ago with the dubious distinction of being second only to the...

When you ride alone you ride with Bin Laden

 Anybody who has seen Maher's canceled show Politically Incorrect knows that his driving animus is the long shadow cast by the Greatest Generation during WWII, and that the war on terror has provided him with ample opportunity to elaborate on our inability to measure up-one such opportunity...

The Bible: A Biography

Human beings are meaning-seeking creatures. Unless we find some pattern or significance in our lives, we fall very easily into despair. Language plays an important part in our quest. It is not only a vital means of communication, but it helps us to articulate and clarify the incoherent turbulence...

American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura

People prefer to be lied to ably, than be told the truth, boldly. We prefer a colorful and clever story to a documentary filled with sharp and damning evidence; we prefer gossip to investigation. Human kind delights in metaphor when facts get in the way of our passions and pursuits. We embrace...

Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

A must read for those interested in the social sciences. User Review  - absit invidia - Amazon.com - It is not very often that I find a book that I simply cannot put down. I am an avid reader, but can often resist the pull of a book when there is other things to do. When I read this book I...

Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to...

Tony Blair: A Journey

Tony Blair is the politician who defines our times. His emergence as Labour leader in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. Within a few short years, he had transformed his party and rallied the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour's...

God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Review other pillars of unbelief if you like - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Chester Dolan, S. T. Joshi, B.C. Johnson, Ruth Hurmence Green, and Steve Allen     I remember my father once telling me about a co-worker who said he would rather have someone call...

The Brethren

"The Brethren", by John Grisham, is about a group of three disgraced judges doing time in a minimum-security prison in Florida. They hold a type of court session every so often where they settle petty arguments and other small problems inside the prisons cafeteria. The three judges call...

The Black Swan

On the eve of the 2006 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center forecast a “hyperactive” summer and fall, with eight to 10 Atlantic cyclones; instead there were five, smack on the 20th-century average. At the beginning of 2006, The Wall Street Journal forecast a bad year for stocks; the...
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