May 11, 2012
What Asimov couldn't have imagined

When I was in high school many eons ago, I went on a kick reading a bunch of books written by science-fiction great Isaac Asimov. Over a period of a few months, I probably read close to two dozen of Asimov's books. About a month ago, I decided to give some of them a re-read […]

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October 3, 2011
Smart presidents

As I was doing some traveling this past weekend I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook of Candice Millard's "Destiny of the Republic," on President James A. Garfield and his assassination. Though I have not yet finished it, it is an excellent, gripping story. What prompts this comment on the book is a […]

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July 24, 2011
Quantifying media bias

Earlier this week I plowed through Tim Groseclose’s new book “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.” Conservatives have known for at least a couple decades that the media is far more liberal than the public at large. And any conservative who’s actually worked in a newsroom knows that the bias is […]

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December 11, 2010
Killing the Emir

Perhaps the most frustrating part of Tom Clancy’s last work, “Teeth of the Tiger,” released back in 2003, was the fact that the “Emir” wasn’t dealt with. The Emir, a rough analogue to Osama bin Laden, was the moving force behind the bad guys in the last book, and at the end he was no […]

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September 24, 2010
Hoystory reads

I just got finished reading the 2-fer of Greg Bear’s sci-fi collection “Darwin’s Radio” and its sequel “Darwin’s Children.” Bear is known as a “hard” sci-fi writer in that his works hew very closely to science as we know it. Bear follows that model here as he spins a story involving viruses, the human genome […]

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September 12, 2010
Sunday books section

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately, so here’s your quick Sunday books section. First, I mentioned Jay Richards’s “Money, Greed and God” last week regarding a quote from Sojourners’ head Jim Wallis. I’ve since finished the book and I strongly encourage people to pick it up. Richards goes through what the Bible […]

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September 5, 2010
What does God hate?

I’m reading Jay W. Richards’s book “Money, Greed and God” and I’m really enjoying it. I came across this one paragraph that’s really jumped out at me. In the same vein, after the U.S. Senate voted to raise the minimum wage in February 2007, the Reverend Jim Wallis announced that “God hates inequality.” Ron Sider’s […]

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August 21, 2010
The beginning of presidential politics

Six hours on planes this week going to and from Texas for a business trip gave me the opportunity to catch up on my reading. Edward J. Larson's "A Magnificent Catastrophe" is a unique look into what was really the first American political contest for the presidency. The book revolves around the 1800 election and […]

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January 24, 2010
Talk about a good start

I’ve just started reading Stephen Hunter’s latest novel, “I, Sniper” and it has perhaps the best opening pages of any book in recorded history. I just can’t describe the smile it brings to my face as characters not-at-all subtly based on Jane Fonda, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn get their just rewards in such detailed […]

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December 27, 2009
Hoystory reads

I just finished two Clive Cussler books to wrap up this extended holiday weekend (the first one I’ve had in a decade and a half). The first was “The Wrecker” the sequel to the exciting “The Chase” introducing us to the character of Isaac Bell, the top agent with the Van Dorn Detective Agency. Like […]

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