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The Case For Democracy

In his book, Decision Points, President George W. Bush mentioned the impact of a book authored by a former Soviet dissident.  Natan Sharansky spent years in Soviet prisons simple because he was Jewish, wanted to leave the USSR, and was vocal about it.  Sharansky shares his experiences first as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union then as an Israeli official.  The Case For Democracy is his story and history as it relates to his experiences in perhaps the two most threatening periods of our time; The Cold War, and The Global War On Terror.  Sharansky provides a compelling case showing “the power of freedom to overcome tyranny & terror.”

The Night Manager

“You know the old saying:  Two people can keep a secret provided one of [them’s] dead.”

I guess you could call this excerpt from The Night Manager a theme of this thriller by John Le Carre.  I feel a little odd reviewing a novel by an author who has been writing thrillers as long as he has.  I guess my angst comes from the fact that I felt this novel was lacking.  It was enjoyable, but it could have been so much more.

Hold Tight

Hold TightImagine that your a well-off suburban father and you find yourself deep in the inner city as you search for your troubled teenager.  Or imagine that you are a mother who recently went back to work as a lawyer only to be pulled away because your son has disappeared.

In Hold Tight you are thrust into worlds of murder, drugs, cyber-spying, infidelity, a chauvinistic cop, a smart cop, cell phones, and of all things an elementary school.  Somehow author Harlan Coben links these together in a riveting novel.  One of the things that I enjoyed is that I could sort of figure out what might happen as the story progressed, even though I was not always right, yet this did not detract from the story.  I was pulled along because of the pace of the story.

The Economic Naturalist

Economic NaturalistI had recently been “in search of explanations for everyday enigmas” when I happened upon a book by Robert H. Frank.  Frank believes that “even those who have taken an economics course in college typically emerge with little working knowledge of basic economic principles.  I agree and in The Economic Naturalist Frank compiles numerous examples from everyday life.  While the title may scare many people away, it is an entertaining book to read and is not at all dry.  Through Frank’s examples you get a great background on how the free market and economics play a role in many unusual ways.