Thomas Perry’s The Old man is the first book written by the author I have read. While The Old Man has some issues typical of its genre that make some of the plot a bit hard to believe, the book was entertaining and worth a read. I imagine I will read more by Thomas Perry… Continue reading Reviewing Thomas Perry’s The Old Man
David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard: The CIA, and The Rise of America’s Secret Government is in some ways predictable and infuriating for those of us who know the truth about America. As you will see, reading it did change my perspective on one of the most consequential events in American history. That alone made the… Continue reading Reviewing The Devil’s Chessboard
Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb A Terrible Beauty is an important book as much for what it says about society as it says about Ty Cobb. Reading this very well researched book about one of the greatest and in many circles infamous athletes of all time taught me new things about Cobb and was a reminder… Continue reading Reviewing Ty Cobb A Terrible Beauty
Patrick Radden Keefe’s Empire of Pain: the secret history of the Sackler dynasty is one of the most upsetting, important books I have ever read. If you want to learn how America’s opioid crisis began and you aren’t afraid to be horrified by the corruption and dysfunction in American government, Empire of Pain is a… Continue reading Reviewing Empire of Pain
Jacob Kornhauser’s The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 players and their brush with baseball history is another light read that fit with my peek interest in this year’s baseball playoffs. In the book, Kornhauser introduces us to and takes us through the experiences of 11 men who managed to play in just one major league… Continue reading Reviewing the Cup of Coffee Club
Erwin Chemerinsky’s Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights is an important and upsetting read. Chemerinsky, a constitutional lawyer and professor, walks us through decades of shockingly bad sometimes overtly racist rulings made by the Supreme Court that have served to help create our current police state.
The Sentinel is the 25th book in the Jack Reacher series. I have now read all 25. The first 24 were written by Lee Child. After reading an interview where Child basically said he didn’t really like writing the series or the Reacher character, I didn’t think I would read any more in the series.… Continue reading Reviewing The Sentinel
With all the serious stuff happening, I wanted an entertaining read that would encourage me to think more about comforting subjects. Brad Balukjain’s The Wax Pack was just the ticket. Like me, Brad is a huge baseball fan who began loving the game as a child in the 1980s. Unlike me, Brad was a big… Continue reading Reviewing The Wax Pack
Permanent Record is the book written by Edward Snowden, who bravely told the world that America was spying on everyone. If you are interested in a better understanding of how things really work, Permanent Record is a must read. If you don’t already know the truth about America, you will find it upsetting.
Thomas Hauser’s Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times was one of the most influential books I have read. So many times I found myself thinking about people, politics, government, society, racism, sexism, or ableism. While I typically don’t enjoy biographies, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times was a true exception. Of all the people that… Continue reading Reviewing Muhammad Ali His Life and Times