Boom Town – Sam Anderson

This is somewhat of a random book both to write and to select to read.  It’s a sort-of history of Oklahoma City written from the standpoint of it being a unique place with a unique history and civic makeup.  The book is not exhaustive by any means, and the author builds much of the story […]

Jesus – Walter Wangerin

This book is a novel written as a biography of Jesus.  It takes stories from the gospel accounts and fills in dialogue, feelings and thoughts and puts them into a collected narrative of Jesus’ life.  It’s written primarily from the perspective of two people – John the beloved disciple and Mary the mother of Jesus.  […]

Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

It’s an enormous book but it’s worth the look You won’t regret the time that reading it took It’s a comprehensive story about Alexander Hamilton And includes a lot about Jefferson and Washington It’s got politics and love, war and duels Guys shooting at each other like ignorant fools Big names, big egos and founding […]

Natural Causes – Barbara Ehrenreich

The author begins this book with a fairly provocative statement: In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures – cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for example – expected of a responsible person with health insurance.  The reason she’s done this – she says later in the chapter – […]

Three Days in Moscow – Bret Baier

Three things I didn’t like about this book: Baier tells about an event that happened less than a year after the assassination attempt on Reagan when he threw out the first pitch on opening day of the 1982 MLB season at a Baltimore Orioles game. He says that Reagan showed how well he’d recovered from […]

Unbeaten – Mike Stanton

I knew very little about Rocky Marciano before I read this book.  I knew he was the only undefeated Heavy Weight fighter (49-0), I knew Larry Holmes threatened his record in the eighties before losing his 49th fight to Michael Spinks (and I remember rooting for Spinks because Holmes was classless in how he disparaged […]