Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Books

Time for another book review.

* <-----------> ** <-----------> *** <-----------> **** <----------> *****
Easy - - Pretty Easy - - Moderate - - Pretty Challenging - - Challenging


The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades, by Paul L. Williams and Melissa Snell
$18.95 at Bn.com ISBN: 0028642430
** (pretty easy)
When it comes to books introducing the Crusades, there are plenty of more scholarly ones
that would look stately on the shelf but wouldn't be half as easy to understand or nearly as entertaining. Babies get roasted on spits, people drink out of latrine-soaked rags. An interesting series of wars that most people don't know too much about.

Reefer Madness, by Eric Schlosser
$11.70 at Bn.com ISBN: 0618446702
** (pretty easy)
By the author of his more famous work, Fast Food Nation, this book is actually a series of investigative essays on three subjects (one in each chapter). Chapter one is about marijuana, two about migrant laborers, and three about pornography. Each is an interesting glimpse into the mysterious world of illicit, or at least taboo, business. Where exactly does your pot come from?

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey
$13.45 at Bn.com ISBN: 0307276902
** (pretty easy)
This book received much attention after being featured as Oprah's book of the month only to be discredited by claims Frey exaggerated many of his experiences. Whether its true or not, it was enjoyable to read, although heartbreaking at times. It begins when Frey (it's an autobiography) wakes up on a plane with no memory of how he got there, missing all his front teeth. Focusing tragically on his drug-addiction, it's a bit maudlin but captivating anyway.

Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg
$18.00 at Bn.com ISBN:
0425170411
**** (pretty challenging)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for literature, Berg tells the story of this fascinating man. Most famous for completing the first trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927, he led a likewise impressive and yet tragic life. When his young son was kidnapped, the trial became a public spectacle, and later he would be labeled an anti-Semite and Nazi-sympathizer. Through it all is an heroic and intelligent man who became a national hero. His accomplishments will never cease to amaze you and the story-telling keeps you engaged. A sacrifice of time at 640 pages, but with a national hero and a Pulitzer Prize winner, you can't go wrong.

2 comments:

The Ripper said...

They were on the verge of rolling the world's largest joint in Holland, than the cops caught wind of it. Check out the story:
www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

Hansisgreat said...

Pretty interestin, Ripper. The government's subversion of law-abiding pot smokers is pretty outrageous.