Book Reviews – Political

Book Review – My Grandfather’s Son, Clarence Thomas

    There is no better introduction to this book than the words on the dustcover: “My first trip to Washington had been to protest the Vietnam War. But now I was part of the decision-making apparatus of the Federal Government – the tiniest possible part, to be sure. But a part all the same. […]

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Book Review – Gisli Sursson’s Sage & The Saga of the People of Eyri, Anonymous

This is one of those old stories from the past whose author is unknown and likely is a composite of a large variety of stories told for decades before being written down. I like these enormously. From the back page: “Based on oral tales that originated in historical events in tenth-century Iceland, these two sagas […]

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Book Review – Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, Newt Gingrich

Ah, how some of us dreamed of a debate between him and Glorious Leader….:) The book is pretty much what the title implies…a list of things that need to be done to move us along faster to energy independence…all with an emphasis on the use of our own natural resources. A bit dated by now […]

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Book Review – The Case Against Hillary Clinton, Peggy Noonan

This was written in advance of Hillery’s campaign for the Senate in New York, In a nutshell, the thrust of the book is that Hillery is dishonest, corrupt and power hungry…..surprise, surprise. It details some of the sordid details of events that took place while her husband was President that reflect directly upon the character […]

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Book Review – Rebel In Chief, Fred Barnes

“Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush” Given that I am a long-suffering fan of “W”, it should come as no surprise that I rather like this book. It provides an inside look at the man that is both revealing, accurate and  good reading. If you suffer from “Bush Derangement Syndrome”….don’t bother, […]

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Book Review – To Set The Record Straight – Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler

Sub Title: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry Lets start this review with a poem, from my favorite poet. The Last Battle of Vietnam It never occurred to me, ever before, That our Navy would win the Vietnam War. When they took to their boats in this year of […]

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Book Review – An Appraisal of the Protocols of Zion, John Curtiss

I ordered this book from Alibris after reading another book, yet to be reviewed…The Non-Existent Manuscript It’s short, a little over 100 pages and written in 1942 The strength of the book lies in the direct comparisons that it presents between the protocols and the book from which the material was plagiarized, namely Joly’s Book […]

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Book Review – Tibetan Journey, Alexandra David-Neel

Some time back, I encountered references to “Geser of Ling” as one of the great heroes of Tibet. It some serious digging but I finally obtained a copy of the book  “The Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling”, written by Alexandra David-Neel, published in French and then English in the 1930s. The epic is a […]

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Book Review – Fixing Failed States – Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart

Fixing Failed States – Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart I’m not sure why I bought this book, I think it came from a conversation with my wife, but it was the first book I have failed to complete in a very long time. I just could not maintain an interest in it. With all due […]

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Book Review – In The Presence Of My Enemies, Tsipon Shuguba

From the Dust Jacket…says it well… The Tibetan catastrophe–the systematic destruction of a people, a religion, a priceless civilization–has continued for more that thirty-five years. In this book Tsipan Shuguba, the last surviving high official from the 14th Dalai Lama’s government, has revealed information about the Chinese takeover and occupation that was deliberately concealed from […]

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Book Review – W – The Legacy of President George Bush, The Washington Times

A retrospective of President Bush divided into 8 sections from 8 different persons, including: Laura Bush, Dick Chaney and others. I saw it advertised in a flier that I received in the mail just about the time that President Bush left office. I ordered it immediately and it finally arrived 6 months later. While I […]

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