Category: book reviews

Book Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor NoahMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Trevor Noah has produced an amazing book covering his youthful memories of growing up under apartheid in The Republic of South Africa. His stories are at times…

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci, a Book Review

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci My rating: 4 of 5 stars At what point will the computer world and fast-moving information world outpace the ability of humans to deal with the input to make logical governmental decisions. The world of computers has gotten…

Modern Parallelism with President Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment

As I read over my latest “The Week” magazine, I note on p. 11, Oct. 25, 2019 edition, an article entitled “The impeachment of Andrew Johnson.” What an interesting recounting of the history of one of our presidents who was impeached and then not…

Photo Tour of Curacao: 2019

The off seasons of October/November and April/May are fabulous times of the year to visit the Caribbean and do a bit of scuba diving with your friends. Given all of the choices of thousands of islands, my wife and I continue to return to…

U.S. National Orienteering Championships – 2019

Talk about a “Happening”! The 2019 USA National Orienteering Championships, http://www.us.orienteering.org/orienteers/on-foot/results , hosted by the Bay Area Orienteering Club, http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/2019/US_Nationals , of the San Francisco, California area, was attended by over 200 persons featured the USA National Competitions in over 20 age and ranking…

Book Review: The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver My rating: 4 of 5 stars Author Jeffery Deaver is an amazing storyteller. The topic of illegal immigration right on the tip of everyone’s tongue and certainly the smuggling of Chinese to work in our sweatshops has a…

Mars Underground – By William K. Hartmann: Book Review

Mars Underground by William K. Hartmann My rating: 3 of 5 stars The basic underlying story of the old timer explorer of Mars who disappears and the search that follows is very well written and if the author had cut the book back to…

A Must Read Book: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here is a “Must Read” book if you want more information on understanding how the moderate form of Islam taught…

Book Review: Power of the Sword, by Wilbur Smith

Power of the Sword by Wilbur Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am once again reading Wilbur Smith’s books as inspiration to writing another novel. This amazing work puts it all together in telling the tale of two rival half brothers, Shasa…

Book review: The Purple Plain, by H. E. Bates

Purple Plain by H. E. Bates My rating: 5 of 5 stars I cruised through author Bates’ book in very short order, captured by the lure of one of the exotic areas of the world, Burma during World War 2 and the descriptive expertise…

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