Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Book Report

OK, for reasons that are baffling even to me, I am reviewing what books are on the shelf at our local book emporium. In this manner I will determine how many of them are Liberal and how many of them are Conservative and how many of them are other things.

I have reviewed 150 so far so here are some highlights.

Apolitical Books I Found Interesting

Author : Mark Bowden
Title : Road Work: Among Tyrants, Beasts, Heroes, and Rogues
Blurb : Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo, here gathers 19 of his nonfiction periodical pieces, dating as far back as 1980 and as recently as June 2004, culled from the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, and Sports Illustrated.

Author : Roger Atwood
Title : Stealing History : Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World
Blurb : In a study that is part detective story and part history lesson, Atwood, an expert on the antiquities market who writes for ARTnews and Archaeology, focuses on one incident as a case study of the insidious effects of the illicit antiquities trade.

Author : Nate Blakeslee
Title : Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
Blurb : Blakeslee broke the story for the Texas Observer in 2000 and has produced a definitive account, deftly weaving the history of the growth and decline of Tulia with the stories of those caught up in the racist frame by narcotics officer Tom Coleman.

Author : T. J. English
Title : Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish-American Gangster
Blurb : The American mob has long been seen as run by Italians and their henchmen. Edgar-nominee English (Born to Kill) sets the record straight, emphasizing that Irish ingenuity first established the mob in the U.S.

Political Non-Partisan Book I found Interesting

Author : Earl Black & Merle Black
Title : The Rise of Southern Republicans
Blurb : They also predict that the South is likely to remain a highly competitive political battleground in which both Democrats and Republicans can prosper depending on local demographics, the appeal of particular candidates and national events. This is a work of serious scholarship that lacks any hint of partisan purpose.

Partisan Liberal Book I found Interesting

Author : James Carville & Paul Begala
Title : Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up : 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room
Blurb : Even if you fervently disagree with the party bias they tout proudly and often, you probably concur that Democratic political consultants Paul Begala and James Carville know what it takes to craft a winning strategy.

Partisan Conservative Book I found Intersting

Author : Rod Dreher
Title : Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, ... America (or at least the Republican Party)
Blurb : Yet crunchy cons stand apart from both the Republican "Party of Greed" and the Democratic "Party of Lust," he says, by focusing on living according to conservative values, what the author calls "sacramental" living.

Partisan Conservative Book I found Annoying

Author : Mona Charen
Title : Useful Idiots - How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America
Blurb : Syndicated columnist and CNN commentator Charen offers a moral indictment of those public figures-politicians, entertainers and professors-who, she says, stubbornly refused to see communism for what it was: a brutal, dictatorial death machine.

Book I found Interestingly Insane

Author : David Icke
Title : The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World
Blurb : Icke reveals a sinister web connecting everything from the British royal family to major oil companies, to 33 of the last 40 U.S. presidents, in a global conspiracy masterminded by an interstellar brotherhood vying for planetary control through the manipulation of humanity's very way of life.

Anyway probably do this every couple of weeks as I feel the urge, this is a long term project, certainly.

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