Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review: True Grit

True GritTrue Grit by Charles Portis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great read. It's been a while since I've seen the John Wayne film, and I've yet to see the Cohen Brothers' version, but the book still had me intrigued to the end. Rooster Cogburn is considered a detective, something I had never really considered before. Detective westerns are a lot different from your Sam Spades or Sherlock Holmes; a lot less "finesse" and more drinking and shooting. The only complaint I had was that there are hardly any contractions used, which makes the read a little awkward. Maybe it was done to emphasize Mattie Ross's demeanor, I think it's somewhat fitting. If you're looking for a quick fun read, check this one out.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: Bomb Power

Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security StateBomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First book read in 2011 (finished being read, it's taken quite several library check-outs to get through it). This was a very eye-opening book. I had no idea of the secrets that have been such big issues in in our government since the advent of nuclear weaponry. I no longer think of Pres. Reagan as the model American president, nor do I think intervening in the middle east was necessary. Even though this man is credible, has won the Pulitzer prize, I still don't buy into everything he says. If you'd like to review some of our nation's history and get some nice surprises along the way, read this book. Some of the tidbits I learned about:

  • Congress and the V.P. didn't know about the atomic bomb project until it was dropped on Japan.
  • Members of Reagan's administration were indicted for involvement in the Iran-Contra issue, and he got off scott-free
  • Bush violated the Geneva Convention regulations and loads of other stuff that has cost American's a lot of freedom
  • The Jason Bourne movies are based on true instances of CIA operations


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