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Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America by Russ Baker
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

John Cassidy, September 19, 2009

When art critics in the late 19th century dubbed the works of Seurat and other artists as “pointillism” they used the expression as a term of derision. They just didn’t get it. The same goes for this book and I. All Russ Baker seems to have done in his hefty work of investigative journalism is draw a bunch of dots and without the lines to connect them I just don’t get the picture. The lack of anything remotely like evidence to the far-reaching conspiracy he eludes to just makes the whole story sound far-fetched. I hung in there for all 577 pages of this less than elegantly written massive tome waiting in hope for Baker to shed light on the fingerprints left behind the scene of the crime that has left only a chalk outline of the American body politic but he never did. If there is a conspiracy here, maybe it’s the glowing reviews on the back cover from some pretty big names. I for one was deceived enough to put down 30 bucks. While the book does have some merits, like its extensive notes that do elude to probably far more interesting works, the main point I took away from this book is to never be fooled again.
That's just my opinion though, buy a copy and decide for yourslef.
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McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial
McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial

John Cassidy, September 13, 2009

"McLibel casts a dark shadow over what has become the typical meal for many Americans, while still offering a ray of hope for the future by demonstrating what ordinary people can do against seemingly insurmountable odds. David beats Goliath once again. This book should be read as a combo with Fast Food Nation."
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All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
All Over Creation

John Cassidy, September 11, 2009

"Every Seed Has It's Story"
While not everyone will agree with the politics of Ruth Ozeki's tuber tale, All Over Creation, most will find it an excellent read. As Publisher's Weekly has said, Ozeki's follow-up to her first novel, My Year of Meats, "is all about seeds, real and metaphorical." The story weaves fact and fiction into a vivid tapestry of colorful characters that includes the Seeds of Resistance, a small group of progressive activists engaged in a David and Goliath battle against a giant agricultural company and their attempts to market a genetically modified potato that has been designated by the USDA as an insecticide (that's the fact part). Then there is the "bad seed,"Yumi Fuller, who has returned home, after running away as a child, to find the Seeds of Resistance camped out in the backyard. Yumi has nothing but distrust for the small band of young activists who have recognized Yumi's parents, Lloyd and Momoko as visionaries for their heirloom seed catalogue, outspoken stance against frankencrops, and philosophy of life. It's a story with deep roots that are sure to take hold of your imagination as you watch its characters grow in unexpected directions.
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