Leaders & Notable People

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Review: Ever since watching the West Wing, I've been interested in the job of White House Chief of Staff. It seems like such a powerful and stressful job. I've really enjoyed this book and learning the inside and behind the scenes stories from the Nixon administration through the Obama administration. A lot of what I read was completely new to me, but I'm not a big presidential history buff.

I think it makes a good contrast between the "good" Chiefs and the "not so good" Chiefs. It shows how one ... Read more

Wishful Drinking
Wishful Drinking

Review: what a disappointment!!!! as other's have said, it's a mess of a book. couldn't she afford an editor? or did the publisher feel that since she was once a good writer, "postcards from the edge", she wouldn't need an editor?

i found the "chapters" a bit of a joke since there was no real content difference from one chapter to the next since she repeats herself alot. don't expect chronological order of events in her life, just expect truly free association of events, even within paragraphs.Read more

My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

Review: I shared a love of Debbie Reynolds with my brother growing up. I’ve read 2 of Debbie’s books and Eddie Fisher’s autobiography. Naturally I knew immediately that I wanted to read Todd’s book. I am loving it! I just want to savor every story and photo. Todd’s writing is descriptive and a good read. I highly recommend this book not only for fans of this family, but anyone who loves the golden age of Hollywood. Read more

Shockaholic
Shockaholic

Review: Carrie Fisher always told it like it was--at least to her perception. I loved her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking. " We watched it several times when it first aired on HBO. We own the DVD, and it still brings a laugh. We also saw her in a one-woman performance where she just answered questions from the audience. Always interesting. Always humorous, bawdy, outspoken, and introspective. Brutally honest, this book explores her early years, electroshock therapy, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, ... Read more

Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone
Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone

Review: I think this is an average book, although quite honest from the Author. I have heard a lot of Tim O'Brien but this is the first book I read of his. It is much more an anti-war book then a war book. In this account anyway, I find the Author's arrogance towards other soldiers who he calls GI's although I hadn't heard that term in reference to someone in the Army since WWII. I might not have heard it due to where I served in the Marines, small, remote areas in and near the DMZ. And my experience do... Read more

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

Review: I felt it meandered along, not necessarily the writers fault, but because I have been a loyal fan of his cracking good stories based on faction, the life Mr Forsyth has led was almost an anticlimax. I am certain he has one or two good stories left in him and I will definitely look forward to purchasing them but unfortunately for me this was not one of them. Read more

Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son - White Like Me
Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son - White Like Me

Review: White Like Me takes no prisoners in exposing this country's sordid racial history and its present-day vestiges, which every thinking person should realize are alive and well—thriving, in fact, under this current administration. He takes an admittedly squirm-worthy subject and makes it superbly understandable through his user-friendly, almost "folksy" chronicle of his personal life experiences of white privilege. I couldn't put this book down, which is usually not the case for me with non-fiction... Read more

Eisenhower in War and Peace
Eisenhower in War and Peace

Review: I may be a bit biased as Jean Ed was a high school classmate -- president and most likely to succeed. I agree with George Will that Jean Ed Smith is currently the very best historical novelest. I have military background and was attending Penn State when Dwight was President and his brother, Milton, was President of Penn State. The book is extremely well researched. Read more

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior
About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior

Review: I read this book to find out more of the history of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Actually, it turned out to be a well-written self-promotion book about Hackworth himself. I saw the author on TV, but as I read it I could only picture Oliver North. Hackworth proves he is a common man and a high school drop out by using a lot of written profanity.

He later attended West Point after proving himself in battle as an enlisted man. One learns lots of Army acronyms, and that the author conside... Read more

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Review: Whenever I read about Martin Luther's role in the Reformation, I end up feeling disappointed. He began so well and ended so badly. By allying the church with the state he quenched the spirit of popular Christianity in Europe, and I suspect that the Anabaptists whom he persecuted as heretics were doctrinally and practically closer to true Christianity than he was. This was a very sympathetic biography, but I regard Luther as neither a hero or a saint, and my verdict is that as a Reformer he on... Read more

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