Dopra's Book Club: Whatcha reading???
Invoking the famous Hispanic, Juan Motime, here we go again.
What are you reading these days?
I've gotten a few books lately and look forward to finding the time to read them. (like right after I post this)
I'm currently about half through The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich, and find it, as expected, pretty damning in it's exposure and narration of the blatant and ongoing effort to "sell" the Bush propaganda which resulted in convincing us that we should invade Iraq, the first unprovoked war in our history attacking a country which posed no threat to us whatsoever.
There are a few things sprinkled throughout the book which are a little less than convincing as evidence of duplicity, but these do serve to show incompetence at best on the part of Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld.
To see it all laid out chronologically, complete with a time line at the back of the book which lists reality in one column (most of which came to light years later) and what the administration was saying in the other.
I also got:
American Theocracy by noted Repulican strategist Kevin Phillips, subtitled, "The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century".
"Charlie Wilson's War: The Extrordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History" by George Crile which tells the truly mind-boggling tale of Charlie Wilson, the "whiskey-swilling, skirt-chasing, scandal-prone" congressman from Texas and his hooking up with a rogue CIA operative to launch the war to arm the Taliban against the Russians.
This story is almost unknown and is extraordinary and very relevant to our situation today.
I've read half of it and it's great. Highly recommended.
"April 1865: The Month That Saved America" by Jay Winnik. This is the story of one month which witnessed the fall of Richmond, a last ditch plan for guerilla warfare by the South, Lee's harrowing retreat, Appomatox, and 5 days later, Lincoln's assassination and the attempt to decapitate the Union government.
"Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It's a damn thick book, but I'd be very surprised if it's not well done and very interesting.
I also very much want to read "Fiasco" by Tom Ricks, as it continues to get a lot of mention and buzz, and the exploration of the right wing psychological tendency to defer to authority, Conservatives Without Conscience" by John Dean, and all the other books listed in the sidebar. Finding the time to actually crack a book is the tough part, but I'm determined.
Let us know what you've read or are reading, or hope to read. Tell us if you have any books that you really liked and would recommend. (and why)