American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment By Shane Bauer Penguin Books Paperback $18.00 (Previously in Hardcover) ©2018 Nonfiction 351 Pages Many people in the United States first heard of Shane Bauer in 2009, when he and two other Americans, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, were arrested on false charges of spying on Iran.  They were held for more than two years before the U.S. State Department secured their release. All three Americans who were subjected to that trauma co-authored a memoir and wrote about their experience in Mother Jones Magazine.  However, Shane Bauer had a continuing … Continue reading American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

Yes, Another Book

Stormy Daniels and I have a nineteen year age difference.  I have no idea whether I would be charmed by her if I ever met her, but as it stands I feel protective the way women often feel protective toward younger women. I won’t suggest Ms. Daniels — Stephanie Clifford — is a hero.  She had an intimate relationship with a married man, and now she is profiting from that.  However, more ordinary people who want to rescue the country which has been damaged by Donald Trump recognize that Stephanie Clifford has something to offer, even if it’s through default. … Continue reading Yes, Another Book

War on Peace by Ronan Farrow (Review)

War on Peace:  The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence By Ronan Farrow Published by W. W. Norton & Company © 2018 392 Pages, Including Source Notes & Index ISBN: 978-0-393-65210-9 $27.95 USD Most of us are poorly informed, especially where foreign policy is concerned.  When we follow that topic, we often fall back on lightweight, centre-right or far-right sources.  Real journalism tends to go over our heads, and even when it doesn’t it seems tedious. War on Peace:  The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence is real journalism which is not tedious.  That may … Continue reading War on Peace by Ronan Farrow (Review)

Trump Revealed (Book Review)

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power By Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher Simon and Schuster, Copyright 2016 $28.00 Hardcover 347 Pages (plus notes and photgraphs) ISBN:  978-1-5011-5577-2 If you read just one biography of Donald Trump, I recommend this one. Trump Revealed is the result of only three months of actual manuscript writing, but the research material goes back years and relies on stable sources which are documented in the back of the book. I sense the authors didn’t set out to write a hatchet job.  They wrote about a person who is self-defeating but usually … Continue reading Trump Revealed (Book Review)