This book is really boooorrrrriiinng. It purports to tell the story of Marbury v Madison, one of the first US Supreme Court decisions.
But, it illuminated political activities during the early period of US history, in long, excrucia
I was all ready to give this book five stars. Discussions about the author's choice individuals who influenced history in the 20th century: I learned a lot about Albert Einstein, for example. That's the reason that I got the book in the first place.
However....during the last 20% of the book; the author, a journalist, reverted to his favorite causes. One was how customers should pay for the content in the changing news business--a self licking ice cream cone; in my opinion. I thought that irrelevant to the book's theme. Do that again, Walter Isaacson, and you've lost at least one reader.
Another Elizabeth Moon page turner. It has elements of identity theft, bureaucratic wrangling mixed with cultural differences, inept leadership, family relationships, ever present pirates and space combat. That humans haven't changed in the time it took to develop interstellar travel is a testament to the author's imagination. In the end, our heroine, Ky Vada, lives to see another adventure in the next book.
Bureaucrat or bungling idiot? "We" or "I"? I was rooting for our hero in his quest for happiness...foiled at many turns. Only an idiot would miss the individualist theme of this book.
An honest assessment of Polish life during WW2. Our heroine is the wife of the Warsaw Zoo. Survival was a matter of edge, tact and luck as the Germans destroyed the city, burned the ghetto and then left.
This book makes you think of good and evil. Are some people basically evil?
Another Scarpetta novel...what happened to Marino? Whodunit? A psycho psych doc. Scarpetta the contract medical examiner? Lots of questions....
Marvelous novel. Is it a love story or is it science fiction? I bought it as sci-fi and found myself comparing notes on time travel with other writers. But, I enjoyed it as a romance novel (oh no, a chick book).
The second in a series; at the end I felt like I should read/listen to #3 right away. However, I'll need a break from these characters, theme and plot. All the books are one large, long book. In this one, the pre-WWII DD meets a Japanese battle wagon, working for the lizards, that came through the same rip in reality. Although, the book is tactical reality for destroyermen, I can't help but wonder how he will treat the continuing peace that must eventually break out. Think HMS Bounty survivors?
Eric Haney tells a great tale. He's good at it. The book is partly a story about training to be a Delta force "operator" and partly about the time he spent after he became qualified...making history in Grenada, Beiruit, Iran and Central America. As always, there is some stupid stuff and some controversy. By and large, he compliments those who deserve it and flames those who don't. It was a well written book, whether you believe everything he says, or not.
Exciting book that shows the author's Navy ship driver background topped with some amount of imagination. The hero is riding on the space ship Dauntless and leads a fleet of aggressive captains who can't follow orders. So, it's a study in leadership, too. However, the story ends as they story continues--now, I have to buy book number two. I don't doubt that I'll also buy numbers 3...4....
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