It's the 1930's and all around you, the country is in dire straits because of the Great Depression. There is no escape, and then your area of the country gets hit by some of the most severe drought and dust conditions of Biblical proportions ever recorded in modern history. Crops dry up and blow away, dust is so thick and choking that it blocks out the sun, farm animals drop right where they stand, and your neighbors are packing up and getting the hell out of there!
Those are the conditions described in the Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan in a vivid portrayal that really does a great job in conveying the pain and suffering that so many people were forced to endure, with no help or ending in sight.
The Government had it's hands tied by the Depressions that was in full swing, and these hard scrabble folks from the Heartland, hung in there and made the best of the awful situation that they could.
Great book that I recommend to everyone who thinks that the times that we're going through over the last several years in this country have been rough, just imagine yourself in a different time and place... that actually took place on our country!
If you've ever been dumped by your "favorite girl" (and in many cases, even if she wasn't your favorite girl!), this book will get right to the heart of the matter with you, and while very much on point most of the time, the author also keeps it light and easy reading throughout.
We all know that breakups are not the easiest things to get through, but we've got to get through them at some point (without becoming a total fool, acting like an idiot or becoming a stalker).
This truly is a "Guy's Guide" and the author does a great job of connecting with virtually everything that us guys go through. Matter of fact, all of us guys probably could have written this book ourselves.
Enjoy it for what it's worth, but the book really does offer a lot a great tidbits on how to get over her and move on with your life.
While I'm not the biggest Bill Clinton fan, it's pretty obvious that author, Robert Patterson bares all in this book about his disdain (and not just about the presidency) for former Pres. Bill Clinton and his administration.
Patterson makes it clear that he stayed on board to do the best that he could do to help lead our country in a way that he thought was the best direction for it to go (militarily wise), but that he was under the direction and guidance of a new presidential administration with Bill Clinton.
This book is much more than just another “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” or an “I told you so” type of recollections, because the author, Robert Patterson, being of the military personnel, was up close and personal to the ongoing and growing terrorist threats that were coming our way most likely beginning during Clinton’s administration. Clinton, to his credit was more focused on growing the economy and spreading democratic diplomacy throughout the world.
It's a pretty good "insiders book" at a look at a lot of the dysfunction and craziness that was going on during Bill Clinton's administration. Of course, "Hawks and Doves" rarely see eye to eye, and this relationship was no exception. That, added along with a lot of the "distractions" of the Clinton administration and it's a wonder that Patterson hung in there as long as he did in the first place.
No matter, which side of the aisle you're on, this is a book that will keep your interest throughout... even though you probably know the ending pretty well by now.
This is another in the great line of books that depict China's rising global economic power, yet also a lot of the challenges that will go along with it.
There are so many great books that have been written recently about China's economic rise over the last decade or two, and this is one of them.
Myself, being an "ex-pat" living in China, I can see firsthand a lot of the evolving trends that China is going through at this moment. China is serious about playing on the global world stage whether it's economic, militarily or social.
My best hope is that cooler and calm heads will always prevail as the positioning for global economic might takes place among not only China, but the US, Russia, South Africa, and also when the European Union gets back on its feet.
Depending on your frame of mind at the time you listen to this book, it can either be "deep and thought provoking", or "long and winding", and I for the most part, founded deep and thought provoking.
I'm not sure if the rest of humanity will I ever figure out a way for all of us to get along, especially with the global population that is about to go off the charts as we deal with scarcer and scarcer resources, it's going to be interesting.
Anyway, a good read for those who want to be challenged and stretched a little bit.
This book offers a really good look at the treatment of arthritis, the natural way. Includes a lot of great recipes, recommendations on nutritional supplementation, and basic everyday methods to alleviate pain of arthritis.
I thought this book was excellent, and I downloaded it onto my computer for future references from time to time.
As an athlete throughout most of my adult life, I feel like I'm in pretty good tune with the way my body feels and performs on a daily basis. I've already been implementing most of the suggestions from this book throughout the years, so this book gives me even further confidence that I'm doing the right thing. So far, so good!
I highly recommend this book, not only for high-performing athletes, but for everyday living just as well!
Author, Richard Dawkins, does an outstanding job in laying out a lot of scientific evidence of why living organisms (humans included) do what they do throughout nature. Is it a simple matter of survival, or do most living organisms actually undergo a process of "cost/benefit" analysis?
This book does a wonderful job of giving some fantastic examples of animal/human behavior and how so much of it is driven by our genetic makeup. Essentially, genes are using the various living organisms that they inhabit, to procreate and carry on the next generation of themselves.
I learned so much from this book, and it kept me captivated and fascinated throughout.
I thought that this was one of the few books that I have read that actually taught me something in regards as to how to do "something good" with all of this social media stuff out there.
It's good to see that Twitter is and can be relevant. The author breaks it down, takes her time and helps us to make sense out of the whole Twitter Universe.
- Copy Cat
These are just a few of the 10 words that the author uses in describing not only historical China, but today’s modern China.
As a frequent visitor to China myself, I would say that the writer is spot on with just about everything that he’s telling us. China is a culture rich in tradition, history, and amazing people, who have gone through evolution of change in leadership, and now are surging ahead to become the global economic power in the world in a short time.
If you have an interest in China, this book will be perfect for you. It’s short, concise, and the author, Yu Hua, does a fantastic job of keeping us engaged throughout.
Enjoy reading about China, old and new, and this excellent book, China in 10 Words!
This was a pretty straightforward but that laid out an approach of goal setting, positive thinking, perseverance and working hard to achieve what you want in life.
The author, Lyn Kelley, is a well renowned motivational speaker and life coach herself. So she knows a thing or two about what she’s talking about.
I found this book to be a good refresher course for me, who is a self-starter and highly motivated individual anyway, but I also feel it will be a wonderful asset for anyone who wants to try to achieve more out of life.
Some of the various chapter headings include topics such as:
• Chapter 2: Why Do I Want It?
• Chapter 3: My Personal Vision – Creating A Personal Vision/Mission Statement
• Chapter 4: What Has Stopped Me in the past? – Self Sabotage & Fear
• Chapter 6: What Do I Need to Change in Order to Achieve It?
• Chapter 7: Creating My Action Plan
• Chapter 9: Who Has Done This before Me? – Mentors and Role Models
• Chapter 11: How Am I Doing? – Assessing Progress
• Chapter 12: I’m Confident I Can Do It – Accepting Success
It’s refreshing to be able to read a book that talks about “men’s sexual issues” that all of us guys have dealt with since adolescence.
Nowadays, there are more "scientific and nonscientific" information out there than ever before, plus men are feeling a lot more comfortable about their sexuality.
In this book, Giles the Sex Therapist, goes into some pretty good detail in regards to various acts of self pleasure, which includes masturbation (featuring techniques that I never imagined!), wet dreams, fantasies, fetishes and so much more.
Personally, I’m very comfortable with my sexuality (of course, I had to say that… Smile!), but I still found this a great reference book and everything that I needed and wanted to know about acts of self pleasure.
I’m glad that there are books out there like this in an interview format, that helps “men to be able to talk to men about men’s issues”, and hopefully that will help all of us men to fill a lot more comfortable about who we are and what we do when it comes to sexual pleasures.
I highly recommend this book to all my guy friends out there, and even to their sexual partners of all persuasions.
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