May 27, 2005

Doprah's Book Club

I got a batch of books yesterday and thought I'd try to see what you're reading or have read recently.

I'm finally getting around to reading "The Price of Loyalty" by Ron Suskind, which is the story of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil's journey through the bizarre place known as Bushworld. I'm also hoping to get to "House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties", by Craig Unger. I'm almost afraid to read it.

So what books are you reading? What have you recently finished? And what's your review? Well written? Would you recommend it? Was it enlightening? Enraging? Funny? Any books you're curious about or want to read? Maybe someone has already read it and can give you some insight.

Let us know what's on your reading list these days.


At 5/27/2005 8:53 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Locked in the Cabinet
by Robert Reich

I haven't read this for almost a year, but its certainly worth reading if you haven't already. Reich was Clinton's first Secretary of Labor. The book uses a lot of humor as Reich is a fairly funny guy. The best part is when he talks about getting stuck in the dog flap of his house.

A lot of his stuff still applies, but a few of his comments are a bit dated. He talks about our new status as the only superpower, and how we don't need much of a military now. No matter what your view on the mess in Iraq, its hard to argue for a greatly reduced military after September 11th.

(Nice blog by the way)

At 5/28/2005 5:10 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

QCI, thanks, and welcome to the show.

Reich always has a store of funny short jokes on hand, and he's definitely someone with interesting views. I believe he was a Fullbright scholar at Cambridge at the same time as Bill Clinton, if I recall. A very sharp guy.

I'd forgotten about his book but will add it to my list.

I tend to gravitate towards books exposing the lies and venality of the Bush administration, and there are several. For a list of some good ones, check the books list in my profile.

By the way, I took the liberty of checking out your website, and it's a great idea. [The Quad City Images site is set up to provide free images from the Quad City area to anyone in the hopes it will serve to promote the area] The promotional groups should be giving you a pat on the back.

Perhaps some of our illustrious Dopesters might be able to contribute some general shots of the Q.C.s to your effort?

At 5/28/2005 8:23 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Read any of the series of books written by Michael Moore if you want some good entertainment. He has a web site as well so it's easy to research what's available.

It's a good way to get a perspective on the corporate greed in our country. Read on....

At 5/28/2005 5:05 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

On the corporate/worker situation in the country, a book that I've been wanting to read and which I understand is excellent is "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich.

She actually worked minimum wage and low wage jobs and then wrote a book that has made quite an impact on the understanding of how corporate america is creating a permanent underclass and was in Amazon's "Best of 2001".

From the Amazon link to the book: "As a waitress in Florida, where her name is suddenly transposed to "girl," trailer trash becomes a demographic category to aspire to with rent at $675 per month. In Maine, where she ends up working as both a cleaning woman and a nursing home assistant, she must first fill out endless pre-employment tests with trick questions such as "Some people work better when they're a little bit high." In Minnesota, she works at Wal-Mart under the repressive surveillance of men and women whose job it is to monitor her behavior for signs of sloth, theft, drug abuse, or worse. She even gets to experience the humiliation of the urine test."

At 5/28/2005 5:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

In the "hot off the presses" catagory, I would think that the official report of the Conyers committee on the voting shenanigans in Ohio would be most interesting.
What Went Wrong In Ohio:
The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election

Introduction by Gore Vidal
Edited by Anita Miller
Category: Politics/Current Affairs
Format: Trade paperback, 160pp, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 0-89733-535-x
Price: $10.95


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