This is for sure some of Rachel Maddow's best work. And that's saying something given her prior achievements in relationship to ‘deep-dive’ journalism. It should be required reading for anybody who wants to understand how we got on the near precipice of the staggering environmental catastrophe known as ‘global warming’ and now increasingly referred to with that other euphemism - ’climate change’. The book is riveting, charming, infuriating, and brilliant in its depiction of the co-option of.... (More)
In the interest of full disclosure, I must inform readers that I have, throughout my career in quality and safety, earned a living working for nuclear, oil, and gas companies. Further, although I am a left-of-center democrat. Regarding energy, however, I consider myself a pragmatic. Thus, reading Rachel Maddow’s “Blowout,” is a tough pill to swallow.
One point more: I have watched only, perhaps, a half-dozen of her shows on TV. This is because I shy away from most partisan political TV, not.... (More)
Without any exaggerations intended, this book has seriously saved my life and me from myself. I am 23 years old and ever since I was between 13-14, a certain darkness crept over me and everybody around me saw negative changes in me that even I couldn't understand at first. My parents figured it was just teen angst, something that will go away on it's own. At age 19 to 20-21, I was cutting myself and couldn't run away from the monster that whispers horrible things to me, telling me that I was.... (More)
As someone who has done DBT in a group setting, I bought this as something to keep me on track in my off-time.
The actual text, the explanations and examples- they are helpful to understanding the purpose of DBT. But the suggestions this book gives are wildly unhealthy!! Among the suggestions for "healthy distractions" are shopping, eating, sleeping, or calling others. These are all addictive, codependent, or avoidant activities and really deviate from the core of the lesson, which is healthy.... (More)
A few months ago, I saw this as-yet-unreleased title (which Amazon sooo craftily put in front of my eyeballs) and thought, "I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK. Preferably yesterday." In addition to my interest in the science of it, I badly needed the ego boost, because that generalist guy *is* me. So I pre-ordered it, which I rarely do with an author I have no experience with.
The book does not disappoint. Epstein emphasizes that even though stories like those of golfer Tiger Woods and the chess-master.... (More)
Epstein's writing is compelling and fluid. He provides the reader with a lot to think about and that certainly makes this a worthwhile read. His work with the Pat Tillman Foundation to retrain veterans and wounded warriors for careers outside of the military is commendable. Epstein's main premise is that the more experiences one has educationally, recreationally, vocationally or culturally, the greater one's ability for creativity and unique problem solving. Most institutions nurture.... (More)
This is the first book that I have read by this author. Yesterday I read through his bio and learned that he offers his expertise and political strategies to CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. He does have a podcast which I have never seen. I did wonder if there would be any new facts contained in this book as the blurb states. And, also the 'who' behind the playbook to take down President Trump and their motives..
There are many familiar names in this one with lots of additional information which I.... (More)
Following up on his excellent and insightful “The Strange Death of Europe,” British journalist Douglas Murray now offers an insightful take on identity politics. He will not be thanked, because the nature of woke politics is, as he himself outlines, the aggressive promulgation of irrational and extreme dogmas, not reasoned analysis. But for someone who wants to think through important social issues by himself, Murray does an excellent job of outlining various points of view—as well as some.... (More)
My views are fairly significantly along "classical liberal" lines, and I live in the Bay Area where the preponderant view is precisely what Murray rails against. So most of my interest in this book was the hope to better understand and contextualize this phenomenon, which seems to be the utter derangement of the far left, and increasingly of modern liberalism. I was less interested in, although of course still willing to partake in, the sort of gleefully-indignant confirmation bias which.... (More)
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for two murders he did not commit. And it wasn’t new forensic technology that ultimately exonerated him. It was the perseverance of a handful of men and women willing to turn a mirror on the system itself.
If there are books and there are novels, this is a story. It’s a powerful story full of loss, love, pain, honesty, hope, and, ultimately, survival. There is, however, no redemption here. There was no reason to ever believe that.... (More)
Edward Snowden is an exceptionally polarizing person. Some view him as a hero. Others view him as a traitor to our country. These two positions exist in my own household and are defended vehemently.
I view him as a hero, a man who gave up life as he lived it to provide the American public and the world with the truth. This is a man who truly made a difference with his life.
This book, written by Snowden himself, is well written, intelligent, informative, and entertaining. It reads like you're.... (More)
Firstly, I'm an admirer of Snowden and think what he did was a great service to the whole world. His book, not so much. Snowden is not a professional writer and it shows. Snowden is at his best when writing technical journals and less so when writing prose. I thought that his attempts at humor mostly fell flat. The first 82 pages recounted his unremarkable childhood which was little different than yours or mine which to me anyway was a bit boring, just like ours. A good editor could have.... (More)
I love this book! A personal Heroine's journey, an intimate portrait of the shape and spirit of the land, and so much ancient wisdom in the Celtic stories. It is most profoundly a call to women to reclaim their native power and wild genius to bring the Earth and our selves back to wholeness, holiness. Quoting Jeanette Armstrong: "When we way the Okanagan word for ourselves, we are actually saying 'the ones who are dream and land together.' There are wonderful poems and provocative questions.... (More)
Nearly a year and counting, that is the length of time I have been reading books about the political climate in our country. My goal has been to try and figure out the reason for the hostility and downright hatred that, I feel, has developed. I admit I am getting older (in my 70’s now) but I don’t recall seeing or hearing anything like this previously. So, I read to broaden my knowledge and try and determine the cause for this hatred and lack of civility. I am a retired USN Chief Petty.... (More)
While highlighting, notating and virtually studying this epic of a non-fiction (800+ pages), I'm actually greatly enjoying this book as if it were pleasure! The information presented is cutting-edge and explained in such a way, that almost any commoner who is willing to read it will understand the information given. Thank you David for this easily-understandable and potentially paradigm-shifting collection of facts. (More)
Regardless of your thoughts on Ronan, he certainly knows how to write an excellent investigative journalism book. Catch and Kill delves into the scenes behind major newsrooms and networks and how they have often successfully managed cover ups of executives, producers and stars, in essence putting profits above accountability. And of course, the book goes right at the Weinstein saga of cover ups. The book is intense, in fact it can be a bit too intense for some readers (this is in no way a.... (More)
I hate long reviews but sometimes it can't be helped. I read the whole book. It's about powerful men using their positions to have sex with women who need their (the men's) help with their careers. For the most part it is about Mr. Farrow's 'scorched earth' approach to getting his story about Harvey Weinstein's sexual exploits aired as a 'news' story on NBC. It's a difficult book to read if you truly want to read the whole book which I very much doubt some of the reviewers did. It's a.... (More)
I have the great honor to leave the first review for this amazing book. Ms. Kantor and Ms Twohey, two brave Pulitizer Prize winning investigative journalists, have given us their in-depth account of unraveling the alleged sex scandal that rocked not only Hollywood, but the world. And the complicity behind one of Hollywood's most dispicable moguls—or should I say monster— keying on his abusive sense of power and entitlement. A gripping page-turner that reads like a great detective story, it.... (More)
She Said is basically three stories crammed into one book. The first third is truly interesting and, at times, gripping. Megan and Jodi were instrumental in revealing the truth about Harvey Weinstein and I wish the story has stuck with that topic entirely. That said, their writing about the Weinstein saga could use some judicious editing--why print 4 full pages of Lisa Bloom's duplicitous engagement with Weinstein, who cares what it says in its entirety? Why spend so much time on David Boies.... (More)