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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Garylovestoread, August 27, 2013

It's telling that Lawrence's stomping grounds were what is now Syria. This book isn't just an eye-opening way to look at the Middle East, but also a page-turner filled with spies, battles and titanic personalities.

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Columbine by Dave Cullen
Columbine

Garylovestoread, August 14, 2013

In 1999, two psychopathic students at Columbine High School went on a destructive rampage and killed 12 of their fellow classmates and one teacher in what at the time was considered the most horrendous school shooting spree in US history. Sadly, this title has passed onto other venues at Virginia Tech and Newtown Elementary. This books was both fascinating and frightening. Dave Cullen did an excellent job in weaving together the story of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the school administration, local law enforcement and the media. This book was frightening because of the ease with which these two students slipped into a darkness that only they inhabited, allowing counselors and psychologists treating them only enough space to think they were being successfully treated. Also, how easy it is to acquire guns, ingredients to make bombs, all while living at home and simply off the internet. This book reads as if a novel. Many times I found myself shouting out "They're hoarding guns, explosives, they are not being helped. Stop them now!!!". This book is a must read for any parent, administrator or law enforcement official to know what to do, what not to do, how to handle and how to react if any of these senseless tragedies occur again. As you read this book, open a dialogue with your child. Show them that trust is possible, that ferreting out the bad people is good. And once your done doing that, give them a big tight hug.
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The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age by Robert Weintraub
The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

Garylovestoread, April 15, 2013

A great story. Withe the end of World War 2, thousands of GIs came back to the U.S. to try and get their lives on track once again. Among them were some of baseball's greatest players. Williams, Dimaggio, Feller, Slaughter. Try to reacclimate themselves into society, they not only had to readjust to a different landscape from before they left, but also trying to win their jobs back in baseball. Imagine today's game where a roster is basically set and a few lesser known players are invited to camp. In 1946, hundreds of ball players were looking for work. Camps may have had 25 lefties alone trying to make a staff. Add to this the dawning of integrated baseball and what people knew and saw before the war would never be the same. But the season was played and it was what the American people needed. The National Pastime in all its glory. Robert Weintraub does a great job bringing to life that magical season in an easy to read and enjoy style. I recommend this book to those who love sports, history, and those who may just want to see what life was like in a different era
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The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Garylovestoread, December 3, 2012

An incredible read. As I read through the account of the tracking and subsquent killing of Osama Bin Laden, I felt like I was reading a Ludlum or Clancy novel. Even though I knew the outcome, I was still on the edge of my seat reading through the process and at the end I was utterly exhausted. For those of you who have doubts about the capabilities of President Obama, the CIA and the military, then you won't after reading this excellent story. The decisions that had to be made, the priorities that had to be shifted, the planning, the double planning and the triple planning. I recommend this book to all Americans who lived through the horrors of 9/11 and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and thought that the bad guy would never be caught. All I know is that thank goodness we live in the greatest country on Earth and their are people like Obama, the CIA and the Military who know their mission and don't swerve away from it until it is complete. USA USA USA USA.
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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Garylovestoread, October 8, 2012

Bill O'Reilly has done it again. In Killing Lincoln, he transported us via time machine to the end of the Civil War. While we read about the South's last gasp attempt to win the war, we saw President Lincoln masterfully creating hope that the days and years after the war would be peaceful. O'Reilly offers us a seat in Ford's Theater as we witness the President's final moments before he was assasinated by John Wilkes Booth. In Killing Kennedy, O'Reilly transports us to Cuba, Russia, Washington and finally Dallas where the age of Camelot ended with the killing of President Kennedy. We sit with President Kennedy as he faces down the Russians in their efforts to place nuclear missles in Cuba. We see his affairs with beautiful women and the love he has for his children. We feel bot the tension in the Cabinet Room and the joy he finds with his family and all things to do with the water. MR. O'Reilly, I can't believe in your political point of view, but I'm happy to read anything you have to offer in history. An outstanding job. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a dark day in this countries history.
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