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My book reviews

Fear by Bob Woodward

The only other book I’ve ever read by Bob Woodward was Veil way back in the early Nineties (or was it the late Eighties?) I know I was still attending Marquette when I checked it out from the library. Even so, I … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

When Ahsoka Tano made her debut in Clone Wars (both the movie and series) I will readily admit that I found the character precious and annoying. Star Wars was once again drowning the franchise in saccharine-covered dialog with a kid-friendly padawan. Maybe the … Continue reading

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The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli

If you’re a fan of Fresh Air, then you are probably familiar with the author since he’s the TV Critic and sometimes guest host. I usually tune out the last 5-10 minutes of the show anyway because I tend not to … Continue reading

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John Adams: A Life by John Ferling

Before reading this biography, I was like most Americans when it came to their knowledge of John Adams: Second president. First one-termer. First vice president. Pretty short guy, even for the era. His presidency was a bit of a mess … Continue reading

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Better Off Without ’em by Chuck Thompson

Better Off is a long, multi-page, darkly humorous argument on how the American South (aka, the Deep South) should be allowed to secede because the region is an albatross around America’s neck. Being a Yankee from Lincoln’s home town, I … Continue reading

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Germany’s Defeat in the First World War by Mark D. Karau

Let me kick off with a couple quick disclosures regarding this review. Over 30 years ago, I attended Marquette with Mark, the author. I was a year older and we were on different degree tracks but we became friends through … Continue reading

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The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff

An awesome “Comedy History 101” book that covers all the bases on how stand-up became not just an art form but a dominant form of entertainment in the Twentieth Century. Nesteroff takes a chronological approach, explaining the evolutionary changes: Vaudeville (and Burlesque): these … Continue reading

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White Trash… by Nancy Isenberg

Given Trump’s success, this book’s timing couldn’t be any better since they were a major factor in the outcome and were lumped in with the “White Working Class.” For starters, when does the term White Trash really begin? As hinted by the … Continue reading

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Another book I managed to read before the movie is released in…2018. Yeah, I definitely got a better head start unlike The Martian. Spielberg is directing so the film adaptation may be fantastic like Jurassic Park or a humongous dud like this Summer’s The BFG. … Continue reading

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Washington: a Life by Ron Chernow

My first book on a Quixotic Quest to read up on all 44 presidents. Since I read David McCullough’s opus on Harry Truman 20 years ago I have two down and 42 to go. I figure William Harrison and James Garfield will … Continue reading

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Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson

Three cheers for the podcast On the Media because they interviewed the author who’s little summary/arguments sold me on his book. I’ll start from the easy angle. Today’s teenagers. They’re often seen on their mobile devices (often cell phones), staring into them, … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

The Force Friday book release and my vacation reading goal/treat! For two years running, I have finished a whole book while on vacation! Last year was Devil in a Blue Dress and I’m stoked about next year. Aftermath is the official novel … Continue reading

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The Martian by Andy Weir

I think this is the first novel I’ve read with a movie on the horizon in 30 years. The last time I did this was Dune when I was in high school. (Mentally reviewing…so far, yes.) Had I known about the … Continue reading

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Star Wars Rebels: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller

Thanks to Disney XD pushing back season two of Rebels to October after the big tease “Siege of Lothal,” I scored this novel to scratch the itch and whenever The Martian was boring me. Oh and to keep me from jonsin’ too much … Continue reading

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Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey

My first book from the Pflugerville Public Library! Visiting the place has been one of the good discoveries during my Summer journey. I’ve lived at my house for almost 14 years and never checked out the joint. During the initial trip … Continue reading

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