On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....
The first half of the book was intense for me, very interesting, easily a 5 star rating. The second half had a few intense spots but was really just a 3 star rating, just explaining a lot of things with a lot of conjecture. Overall it was a good read. I would recommend the book.
As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?
I enjoyed this story very much. Liz impressed me as a very nice person, very sincere, very capable. The book was a good listen and I would recommend it highly. Having said (and meaning) that, she is a consummate Democrat. I am 180 in difference regarding her politics but I still enjoyed the book.
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Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.
Pat Summit is a five star person. Her accomplishments speak for themselves. This book is very engaging and definitely inspirational even if you are not a sports fan.
City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.
Take this one along to the beach and you will not be disappointed. Ups and downs along the way with a happy ending. I enjoyed it and I believe you will too.
When Papa Pilgrim appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey music, but their true story ran dark and deep.
This is really a good story. The writing is very engaging and develops nicely as the Pilgrim deteriorates and takes his family and community with him. Right prevails in the end.
In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.
This book was very interesting. The movie is a disappointment in comparison. I read the book first and was very impressed with both the writing and story line. When I saw the movie I was so let down as there is no comparison. If you have seen the movie and not yet read the book my recommendation is to listen or read this book.
Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.
I like history and wanted to listen to this book but I was intimidated when I saw the length.
As I began the listen I was pleasantly surprised as to how interesting the book was. As the book continued my interest was sustained and the book ended up being a very good experience.
JDR was a very interesting character and not the total villain he is commonly painted to be. He did a lot of good in his later years.
Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24.
When Adam was finding himself and his work founding and building PoP the story was engaging and interesting. It made you feel like you were participating in something worthwhile. The latter part of the book when he is established feels like a promo for his success in which he has to mention all his celebrity contacts on and on. It's like the balloon popped and when will this ever end. PoP is doing a great job and Adam is to be commended. It just sounds too self-congratulatory during the last third to fourth of the book.
Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....
I have most of Michael Lewis' books and Flash Boys is average or less when compared against his other books. When compared against most authors it would be much better. He is really a great and consistent author. I would recommend getting it as it is interesting and worthwhile. I just feel this is not his best work.
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It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.
This book adds a lot of details that were not in the movie but the movie is much better. If you have seen the movie I would not recommend reading the book. The extra details are really not that significant. If you have read the book and have not seen the movie, go watch the movie, its a lot better experience.