Book Reviews

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Book Review: My Life in and out of the Rough by John Daly

15 years ago John Daly burst onto the golf scene with an unbelievable win at the PGA Championship. After Tiger Woods, Daly is the biggest draw for the PGA like it or not. Much of his behavior that endears him to fans does not go over well with the PGA. His flaws are seen by everyone and people appreciate the fact that a big star has flaws just like they do. Daly's ups and downs have been revealed mostly in the public eye and people cannot get enough of it. His book chronicles his life in and out of the rough.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Book Review: Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken

Just as there are polemists on the right of the political spectrum; there are also those on the left, but Al Franken is special because it is political satire. He gives you numbers and statistics to back up his claims, but the most important part of the writing is the clever political satiure Franken provides. Biased yes, but also funny.

Also by Al Franken: Lies and The Truth

Book Review: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

Al Franken took on Rush Limbuagh in his previous book and in Lies he takes on the rest of the political right in America. Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and President George Bush take most of the blows in his satire with stats. He gives chapter and verse of where these people bend the truth and it is an eye-opener. Again, the book is best in its satire and humor.
Also by Al Franken: The Truth and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.

Book Review: The Truth by Al Franken

The 2004 Presidential election and events following have gotten Al Franken even more incredulous than previously (if that can be believed). In The Truth, Franken gives us his version of the truth on these events including the War in Iraq. Many buy this book for his views, but the legions of fans return because of his wit and satire.
Also by Al Franken: Lies
Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Book Review: Truman by David McCollough

David McCullough is a well-respected historian who really hit the big time with his biography of Harry Truman. Truman was president during some controversial events in American history. and McCullough delves into what made Truman do what he did. This tome is well over the length of a typically biography, but it is worth the read.

Before McCullough's book Truman the jury was still out to whether he was a good president or not and McCullough in-depth biography displayed that Truman deserves more credit for his accomplishments than he was previously afforded.
Also by David McCullough: 1776 and John Adams

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Book Review: Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism by Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter, a leading conservative pundit, rails against Liberals again in Treason by arguing that Liberals have been wrong on foreign policy since the Cold War. All the Democratic presidents of this era have appeased our enemies and see Liberals as haters of America. She also discusses how history has been distorted because it is often written by Liberals. Her point of view is popular on one side, but hated on the other and her book sales rise because of this discord.
Also by Ann Coulter: Slander and Godless

Book Review: Who's Looking Out for You? by Bill O'Reilly

Who's Looking Out for You? is the No Spin Zone creator's attempt at muckraking. He provides a laundry list of people that consistently let the American people down from the media to the government. Always brash, O'Reilly offers up personal examples of being let down and how our institutions have not earned our trust. A lot of people trust O'Reilly and his opinions so this will be an influential book.

Also, by O'Reilly: The O'Reilly Factor and The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mayflower : A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower is a thoroughly researched revisionist view of history of the Plymouth Colony. Plymouth Colony and the Mayflower are buzz words, but the century-and-a-half between the Mayflower Compact and the American Revolution is often forgotten in American history, but Philbrick fills in that hole masterfully. Mayflower is an excellent book worthy of the praise and sales it has earned.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Book Review: The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel by Richard Abanes

Something as controversial and such a success is bound to breed a cottage-industry. Dan Brown's
The Da Vinci Code is just that. For 3 years it has been a best-selling novel and now the movie based on Da Vinci's Code has grossed over $200 million worldwide in its first weekend. Abanes' book is a reference for people to be able to make their own decision is the nove, The Da Vinci Code has any truth to it or not.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Book Review: The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman is a foreign-affairs columnist for the New York Times. The Lexus and the Olive Tree was his first book discussing globalization. In the book the globalization is represented by the Lexus. he sees globalization as the central organizing principle of the post-cold war world. Simultaneously many individuals and nations resist globalization by holding onto what has traditionally mattered to them--the olive tree. through his extensive travels Friedman gives many appropriate examples of his thesis and you begin to see the strength of both the Lexus and the Olive tree in today's world.
Other books by this author: Longitudes and Attitudes, The World Is Flat, From Beruit to Jerusalem