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I am writing my first book review for the world to see.My normal reviews are oral and intended for a one on one audience. My dialogue, mannerisms and excitement level (or lack there of if I didn’t care for the title) is all tailor fit to the person that I am speaking to. Now I’m …
The Information Officer is a thriller. There’s a book of historical-fiction I recommend entitled The Information Officer published in 2009, by Mark Mills. Set during WWII on the island of Malta, a British protectorate just south of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea. Leading up to the North African campaign between Rommel and Montgomery in 1942, the …
From the author of Jurassic Park…. I’m currently rereading Timeline, published in 1999, by the late Michael Crichton, famous for writing Jurassic Park and the Lost World. (He didn’t write anything remotely resembling Jurassic World or Jurassic Park III, just the two books the first two movies are based on, I reserve judgement on the latest …
Mark Zuckerberg loves this book.  So does Bill Gates. This book caught me by surprise, and I found myself enjoying it a lot.  If you like reading something controversial and fantastic, then I strongly recommend On Immunity: An Inoculation, 2014, by Eula Biss- the of the major books which Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has chosen …
A new book has just been released by one of the leading voices in the realm of geopolitics, George Friedman. Entitled Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, 2015, Friedman delivers an unusual blend of geopolitical analysis and personal experience to describe the historical, present day, and future fault-lines along the borderlands on the European peninsula and its …
Robert Harris is well known for his books of historical-fiction. His latest, from 2013, An Officer and a Spy is the true story of how a Jewish-French officer, Alfred Dreyfus is convicted, falsely as it turns out, of being a double-agent for the Germans around the turn of the 20th century, and sent to the Devil’s …
Here are some lighter non-fiction reads… Before we got to some Canada love, I’d like to mention two other books that are great to read, by a couple of different authors:   Bill Bryson’s One Summer, which describes the outstanding events of the summer of the year 1927. Very America-centric, but entertaining never-the-less.  Always well …
In Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, a New York Times bestseller published in 1999, the topic is no less daunting then the evolution of civilizations from the earliest pre-recorded times to the present. The premise is that due to the geographical nature of different parts of our mother planet, certain civilizations …
It’s not quite Lawrence of Arabia, but this is a good read. If you’ve ever seen the classic film Lawrence of Arabia and wanted to know the complete, unvarnished story then you must read Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson.  This was published in …
What I found to be a really good read of fiction is Sophie’s World, a novel by Jostein Gaarder. It was written in 1991 and translated from its original Norwegian. The translation is a well balanced bit of writing, and it was easy to read for me.  I don’t speak Norwegian, so I am not …
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