Two Christian Arabists bumble thorough the Middle East, meet with terrorists and ask them what kind of toothpaste they use and what color their Mercedes are.
I'm no expert on guns but this is a fascinating work on the history of an important technology, from the Civil War through post-Vietnam. It's full of delicious detail and a great listen.
Lots you'd never have guest, delivered with wit and intelligence, and a narrator well-suited to the text.
Anybody who has, or had, a child who is not quite at the statistical mean will appreciate this book. John Schwartz writes about putting a creative kid, who shows some of the human species' variability, through a one-size-fits-all school system and social structure - and coming out whole on the other side.
Millions of parents go through a version of what John and his wife did, whether their kids are gay or straight, and would benefit from his insight.
And his narration adds an entertaining element. Never underestimate the power of a Texan storyteller.
The pleasure of Gibson is the texture of his prose. The story is entertaining but the gritty detail is the real attraction.
This is not about Michelle Obama, it's about how tightly linked the races were even during slavery and segregation. Some of the details of the family's history are elusive but the overall picture of American society is clear, ante-bellum, during reconstruction, and through the last century.
on the last 70 years of American foreign policy, tying together our behavior abroad and our condition at home. An eye-opening read.
and a nice commentary on family life and the relationship of older adults with their children. Most entertaining book I've listened to in weeks.
To love this book, it helps to be an Anglophile.
The book is assigned reading for our 12th grader, so we chose it for a long car trip. Every chapter is absorbing, and the story is harrowing in places.
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