I have not read any of these but they all looked interesting and I need to put them on my pile.
The author describes himself as a left-wing journalist and uses interviews, historical documents and other sources to tell the story of Israel including the conflicts with Iran as well as the successes such as in technology startups.
The author tells a story of the 150,000 men that deserted from the World War II theater by using army archives, self-published memoirs, court-martial records and personal diaries to uncover a side of the war in which we have not been privy to previously.
I had previously mentioned this book back on October 30th of this year but I’ve not moved on it yet. The author accompanied migrants on eight trips from Central America into the United States and tells a descriptive story of courage as well as violence.
Mr. Studwel argues that the success of some countries in Asia as compared to others comes down to three factors: land policies that support small farmers, manufacturing policies that subsidize domestic industries as well as financial policies that support the above while resisting deregulation. Countries such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have done this while Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have not.
Shlaes tells the story of our thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge and states that he has been very misunderstood. I have read Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel and I must state that Coolidge is much more interesting than history has given him credit.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to install a press room in the White House enabling journalists to increase their importance in being able to report on political life. The author shows this increased tensions in the Republican party and increase the power of journalism.
The author is an editor of Wired Magazine and tells the optimistic story of how technology affects the way in which we learn and think as well as use the Internet for our own self-interest.
Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins Gavin Francis
The author was the doctor at the British Antarctica Survey for fourteen months and tells the story of Antarctica, its blankness and its silence, the fourteen people stationed at Halley, as well as the 60,000 emperor penguins.
- ‘Empire Antarctica: : Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins’ by Gavin Francis **** (theliterarysisters.wordpress.com)
- “Born on the Fourth of July” by Sidney M. Milkis (crackerpilgrim.com)
- The Uses and Abuses of History (hinterlandblog.wordpress.com)
- Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Power of the Bully Pulpit (disclose.tv)