Browsing the blog archives for December, 2008

A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle

The dis-oriented author is a Francophile. I made my first trip to France in 1978 with my high school French teacher. I was hooked. So it was a no-brainer that I would buy Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Mayle's is a British ex-pat and his book chronicles his first year in a rehabbed farmhouse [...]

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Generation Kill, Evan Wright

The dis-oriented author has two boys serving on active duty in the US military. I am also a student of military history. I picked up Evan Wright's Generation Kill because while I have read a great deal about the American Revolution and the two World Wars, I have not really read anything about the modern [...]

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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

The dis-oriented author has been reading about the conflict in Iraq. I recently read George Crile's Charlie Wilson's War. Steve Coll's Ghost Wars covers US involvement in Afghanistan from the time of the Soviet invasion to 9-11. This book addresses not only the war but its consequences leading up to the rise of Osama bin [...]

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Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times, by George Crile

The dis-oriented author grew up during the Cold War. I remember Viet Nam and Afghanistan. I remember when the United States sided with Islamic militias to fight the Soviets. I remember Charlie Wilson's War. George Criles book, Charlie Wilson's War is a look at the Afghan war and how the United States came to side [...]

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21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, Ben Mezrich

The dis-oriented author is not a gambler. I did however major in mathematics, so I have an interest in numbers. After seeing previews for the movie based on the book, I decided to pick up Ben Mezrich's book, 21: Bringing Down the House. In the book, Mezrich tells the story of a group of MIT [...]

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Washington’s God, Religion, Liberty and the Father of our Country, Michael Novak and Jana Novak

The dis-oriented author has has been reading about the founding of our nation. I have been particularly interested in the religious underpinnings of our Republic. While the religious influence of the original settlers is unquestioned. The religious influences on the political founding of the country by the generation of 76 is not as clear. The [...]

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