Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck

This book had been on my to read list for a long time.  It was not until I read 11/22/63 did it renew my interest in reading it.  The story is about a man obviously mentally challenged "Lenny", he is travelling with his long time friend, "George"  George and Lenny are trying to buy some land where Lenny can raise some rabbits.  They encounter a situation caused by Lenny causing him to go on the lam.  George needs to make some tough decisions.

This is a small book but I really enjoyed it.

Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Fontal Lobe Publishing (September 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907590331
ISBN-13: 978-1907590337

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller

This was a great book except for a couple of small but bothersome issues.  One of the issues is the date format used by the author.  He uses a '9 September 1787' had it been something like '9th of September, 1787'.  The other issue is the way he used modern term to refer to the text.  He should have stuck to the same period speak.

The book covers the entire life of Paul Revere including his Grand Father's indentured service to escape his country.  Paul Revere had an incredible life.  He did everything from metal working to morgue director to dentist.  Mr. Revere or rather Bro. Revere was a Mason and server as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.   He died at an old age and unfortunately had to witness the death of all his kids save one.

I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys biographies. The book does not compare to one of the longer books such as 'The Real George Washington' but it is worth reading.  It did however spark an interest in Sam Adams and will search for some books.

This book is kid safe.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595550747
ISBN-13: 978-1595550743

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

11/22/63 By Stephen King

Great book.  A bit of a different type of book for King in the sense that it is not a anti-climactic story.  Stephen King's writing style focuses on the ride as opposed to the destination.  Amazing time (1958), in a sense, makes you sad what we have gotten so far away from that time, at the same time making you feel bad.  The book is a bit big but well worth the investment.

The book is about a man that travels back in time to attempt to save President Kennedy from being assassinated.  The book is full of strange twists and turns. 

PARENTAL WARNING:  Describes Murders in grave details as well as sex.

Hardcover: 849 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition/First Printing edition (November 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451627289
ISBN-13: 978-1451627282

The Law By Frédéric Bastiat

An amazing book.  Second only to Atlas Shrugged, this book is one of those books that I can remember where I was when I "got it" (and I do not mean when I bought the book).  Frédéric Bastiat, lived from 1801 - 1850.  He was an economist, attorney and Brother Mason.  The way he explains 'Legal Plunder' will erase any progressive indoctrination you ever received. 

"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." - Frederic Bastiat

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century By Scott Miller

As I was searching for a book covering the assassination of President McKinley along the lines of American Brutus or Destiny of the Republic, I stumbled onto this book.  Although extremely informative with respect to the US occupation of Cuba, Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico it covered very little of the assassin and the actual assassination.  There was much about anarchists and the rail road union riots which has sparked another possible interest.  All in all, I enjoyed the book.

This book is not suited for children under 15 years old due to its sexual content.

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Random House; 1St Edition edition (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400067529
ISBN-13: 978-1400067527