Saturday, September 19, 2020

Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation By: Candace Owens

 Amazing book. Reminds me of the feeing when I saw Barak Obama giving his speech at the DNC. I knew at that moment that I would be seeing Mr. Obama again in a high position. The same is true with Ms. Owens. 

She is a smart, quick and beautiful young lady. She was recently married and, at this writing is currently pregnant with their first child. Owens brings a refreshing view to the race issue in the US. I am always stunned how still, in this day and age, there are still white people who feel that somehow they can speak for the Black Community. She once slammed some white women while she was testifying in Congress and she said that she knew better than they did and said "you know what my expertise is, being black in America. I've been black in America my entire life". 

Owens tells the tale of her youth and a racial incident that turned out to be an ex boyfriend. She spoke about how those who took in the cause were there for the public portion but then cut and run. 

Owners make excellent point on BLM, how the slaves and Blacks from before embraced the nucleus family and had fathers in the home. However the LBJ great society actually encouraged black women to not have a husband and father figure to gain more money. 

She addresses victim hood and how it is offensive and should be offensive to Black people today. However it is not. She explains how the left wants to have the Black people feel that they have not reached their potentiL

Not because of their own failure, but rather outside forces that are not allowing them to succeed. She shows specific cases where black people have been able to succeed, and succeed in a grand way. 

The book is really a great read. As I stated, she is extremely intelligent and she is so quick on her feet to fireback when needed. She is always prepared with facts, numbers and statistics. I truly believe we will see this bright woman ascend to great things in this country. She would be an amazing Congresswoman or Senator and one day, I can absolutely see her in the Oval Office. It is sad how the media and the supposed "woman's groups" do not defend her more from the vicious attacks brought on by the very same they protect. Not only is she a woman, but she is a BLACK woman. 

I great read. I recommend it hole heartedly. Read it and give it to a black person to read, this is her advise, but surely I can agree with it.

Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1982133279
ISBN-13 : 978-1982133276
Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.38 inches
Publisher : Threshold Editions (September 15, 2020)
Language: : English

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Doesn't Hurt to Ask: Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade By: Trey Gowdy

 I have always been impressed by Congressman Gowdy.  Although my political views are not really represented in the House or the Senate, I always thought Gowdy was thorough, intelligent and a pit bull.  I first I thought the book was a political book but thankfully it was not.  

The book covers the art; and I mean it as an art of persuasion.  For those who do not recognize him, Gowdy was a prosector in South Carolina and later became a Congressman for the same.  He served in Congress for eight years.  Gowdy headed many committees during his tenure.  This book describes how he learned how to effectively argue in court and how to be on the offensive side as well as the defensive side.  Although the book does touch on politics based on cases and hearings he was involved in, he almost always prefaces it with the fact that he is not passing judgment and on many occasions describes where he felt he could have done differently.  

I have already used some of the skills I learned in this book with my kids.  He uses his family life to show the reader the skills he learned.  The over theme of the book, in part is listen more than you talk.  I learned so much about the legal system as well as he pulls from the history of cases he was involved in as a prosecutor.  One of the things that registered with me was when he mentioned impeachment..... no not that impeachment, but rather the impeachment of the person, the facts or the conclusion.  He used an example about a judge that was rule a certain way 90% of the time regardless of the facts of those cases.  The judge was a respected judge and impeaching the person was going to be difficult and would not get the results he was looking for.  He instead asked the judge pointed questions and challenges, and subsequently impeached the facts on the case.

Overall, the book was great.  I recommend it to anyone that would like to improve their communication skills.

 Hardcover : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593138910
ISBN-13 : 978-0593138915
Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
Publisher : Crown Forum (August 18, 2020)
Language: : English 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump By: Mary Jordan

 This book started off as I expected. An informative account about Mrs. Trump's early life. There was a tinge of animosity against Melania, but I hoped it would be spread out sparsely throughout this chapter only.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Soon after the chapter where Melania meets Donald Trump, the hatred for Trump and Melania by association was palpable.  Actually it was quite sad how the Author spoke about Michelle Obama's book when she wrote about how the Trumps made it "scary" for her family when Trump was talking about the Birth Certificate.  All the while she knew what we now know to be a FACT that her husband was one of the orchestrators of the fake Russia collusion investigation and allegations which fueled the vicious, non-stop attacks by the left and the media against President Trump. This shows what low class the Obama's are and how gullible those who allowed them and still allow them to get away with such things. 

Personally, I think the birth Certificate thing was a distraction for Trump. Do I think he was born in Hawaii, sure. Do I think that he used every means necessary to get an advantage of his situation, absolutely.  From what I have read, he did register in school as an international student. Ironically, the main attack on Melania is how she was useless save for Trump's name and how she benefitted from Trump. What is good for the goose, apparently is not good for the gander. 

The author brings up the "kids in cages" multiple times however fails to say the facts that Obama was the one that created those cages and that Obama himself was the one that started the practice of separating kids from their "families".  I believe this would have given her a tinge of ethical reporting.  Laura Bush spoke out against the Trumps because the Bush's were still grieving the decimation of Jeb Bush in the Republican Primary.  Why did she not speak out against the Obama's when they were doing it?

Jordan took every opportunity to go after Donald Trump especially with Mrs. Morales and Diaz that worked so many years for the Trumps.  It's funny because A. Both ladies made a living working for the Trumps and they were not forced to do so.  The ladies talked about how Trump was difficult with his clothes et al and they needed to comply, however there are countless liberal leaning famous people that share the authors perceived political beliefs that are famous for being extremely difficult such as removing all green M&Ms, certain brands of water, etc.  Hell, I did work for Matt Damon and he had special socks, combs, creams, candy, etc.  No one could use his bathroom, which I did anyhow because I do not bend a knee.  Not to mention that Morales and Diaz got paid for their interviews. 

I found that Jordan kept getting stupid insignificant details and tried to put some conspiratorial spin to it.  It seemed that Melania did not catch a break from Jordan or the rest of the anti-Trump movement.  For instances, going back to the cages, Melania was the one that spoke out against Trump and later made him change his stance yet the author nor the anti-Trumpers gave her any credit and just attacked.  I have said this before, Melania is the First Lady, whether you like her husband or hate him.  None of the magazines have put her on the cover of their magazines when she obviously puts all First Ladies to shame, even Jacki O.  It is sad.  Jordan also points out how Melania stood up for Baron during the "impeachment" hearings but then agrees with the attackers about Greta Thumberg comments after she won the Time's most whatever that award is.  Big difference though.  Thumberg put herself into the limelight by going and speaking to the UN and slamming everyone.  The reality is, she is a child and is NOT a scientist.  She and her family have made plenty of money from her appearances.  I do not care what she has been diagnosed with.  She knows nothing and makes comments about "money" while they have Herman Miller chairs in their homes worth over $2,000.00 a piece.  I am sure not many of the people who heard her "how dare you" speech live like that and take a year off of school to sail around the world.... BTW in a boat made of fiberglass and all types of material that are "harmful to the environment".  

And very apropos, was the statement about Trump not wearing a mask.  Recent news reports shows Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo walking his dogs around people without a mask, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House opening up a boarded up beauty salon to get her hair washed and blow dried while everyone else was banned from doing so, Not to be outdone, Governor Phil Murphy of NJ caught eating in a restaurant.   

I will give you a summary of the book from the eyes of the author:

Melania is a liar.  She does not speak the languages she says.  She is a bad friend.  She does not really love Trump.  She only cares about Baron.  Anything she supports is a fake thing that is there for the purpose of helping her husband.  Her English sucks. And now she wants to win again because she loves the limelight.  

It is very sad.  I expected much more.

Hardcover : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 1982113405
ISBN-13 : 978-1982113407
Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated Edition (June 16, 2020) 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter By: Curtis Jackson (50 Cent)

 I learned a lot from this book. Jackson / $0.50 is a successful entrepreneur, rapper and TV production mogul. I am always shocked to see these folks that start off selling drugs and become successful business men and women. I guess from a perspective, drug dealing is a business, one where you need to be shrewd.

The book may come off as a little braggadocios, but the reality is, he has achieved much success and in my opinion can and should talk about it.

I was shocked to read that Jackson does not do drugs and rarely drinks. His persona is so different that the one he portrayed in his book. The one thing I have taken from this book, which echos many other books is don't have a plan B.

This book was a great read. I recommend it regardless of your music or TV genere of choice. He is a successful businessman in his own right. I have followed his musical career and I am a HUGE Power fan. I am anxiously awaiting the spin offs

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Amistad (April 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006295380X
ISBN-13: 978-0062953803

Monday, July 13, 2020

A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein by: Alana Goodman and Daniel Harper

Despicable, Child Rapist Billionaire got away with his crimes.  The story goes that he killed himself, but in my opinion, he was murdered.  I can only hope that he suffered until his last breath.  The book covers some of the same materials as with some of the other Epstein books I have read, but touches on; as the sub title says "The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein."

If you do not know who Epstein was, you are probably hiding under a rock or use woke up from Cryostasis.  Epstein was a multi-billionaire with homes in Palm Beach, FL, New York, France, New Mexico and Virgin Islands.  He actually owned two islands.  These islands allowed Epstein to control the environment and bring young girls there where they were unable to leave.

The book reveals a version of the Epstein saga saying Les Wexner, the Victoria Secret mogul, was the one bankrolling Epstein's lifestyle; either overtly or covertly.  One version is that Wexner is/was a closet homosexual and Epstein had the goods on him.  I tend to not believe that Epstein would/could hold homosexuality over someone today.  Society is more accepting than ever before.  Additionally, Epstein had a cozy relationship with the Gates...... yes those Gates.  Both Epstein and the Gates have been outspoken Eugenic proponents.

Sadly, no one will ever know the truth.  I do not think Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein co-conspirator and longtime girlfriend, madam, recruiter of children will live to testify and name names.  She will meet certain death.  Her days are numbered.  

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeff Epstein

                                                      Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeff Epstein

He wanted to inseminate women with his semen to have a bunch of kids.  Thankfully this did not happen.  Contaminating the world with little Jeff Epstein(s) would have been a really bad idea.  I truly hope they catch all those involved and the victims can find justice.  They were cheated from justice.  Whether Epstein took his life (highly unlikely) or someone had him silenced, he got off much easier than these pro girls; women today that will live with what he did to them for a lifetime.  There is a special place in hell for this man, and I hope they turned up the heat when he arrived.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel (June 2, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593192230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593192238

Saturday, July 11, 2020

I'm Your Emotional Support Animal : Navigating Our All Woke, No Joke Culture by Adam Carolla

Insanely funny but very apropos. Corolla blows the lid off of the victim society and cancel culture we are contaminated by these days. This book is filled with F-Bombs and other "four letter" words (or French). It will certainly crush the snowflakes of today. The saddest thing about this book is that he is 100% on point. There is a purity test that all have to pass in order to be a member of the new society. Apparently there is no room to evolve your thoughts, opinions or decisions. You are now forever defined by the rants of your sixteen year old self. I have evolved from being a Republican to being libertarian because I did not agree with many of the planks of the Republican Party. If this is the way we plan the future to be, not even the Purest of the pure would be eligible for a place in the new society. 

The wusification of men today will have huge effects down the line. I know in my family, I am the one willing to take the risks and lay down my life for my family. If there is a need to get a second job, to go out in the middle of a hurricane, fight to protect my loved ones, even standing in line for an entire day to get gas for our hurricane generator, that's me. My kids are learning and I take my oldest one with me. I teach them to safely handle AR style rifles, hand guns, knives, dress a deer etc. I teach them about making fire, cooking and most important the respect of women and God. These days men are more feminine than women. They gossip and rat on each other, they don't ask out girls anymore. My 14 year old told me last year "I hope she asks me to the dance". I was floored. This is not the way it is supposed to be. 

I recommend this book for anyone that is a rational person. If you believe is safe spaces, micro aggressions, culture appropriation and the drivel espoused the morons of today, move on. You will only hurt your delicate feelings. 

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Post Hill Press (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1642935883
ISBN-13: 978-1642935882

Monday, June 29, 2020

American Crusade: Our Fight to Stay Free By: Pete Hegseth

You might be used to seeing Hegseth doing the cooky diner interviews all around the country during the 2016 election season. Or maybe if you are a Fox news watcher, you will recognize him from Fox and Friends morning show.  Either way, this man is a Harvard/Princeton.

This book is written by a man that is true to his country.  He was in the National Guard, went to Harvard and Princeton, and has done may works of charity around Veterans.  He was not a Trump supporter in the beginning. But like many other people, he saw Donald Trump for what he is; a threat to the establishment. When you see someone ruffling the feathers of both putrid parties, chances are they are doing it right.  The book delves into topics you would expect from a Conservative.  He is now a Trump supporter.  Interesting note, he was a term member of Council of Foreign Relations but quit the organization. 

He is truly a patriot and not just for what he did in the military but what he did for his fellow countrymen that returned from the military. 

It is a good book, obviously very pro-Trump so if you dislike or hate Trump, don't bother reading it.  Your eyes will bleed.  I am one of those not-so-silent majority that did not initially vote Trump, but feel he has done an amazing job.  I often wonder, if he would have had even the same level of support from the opposition as Obama did, our Country would be doing amazing.  In spite of all of the anti-Trump media (redundant statement), in spite of the fake investigations, trumped up (no-pun intended) impeachment, all other investigation, unfair treatment, et all, he was still able to make this economy thrive and do for POC what no other POTUS in my lifetime has done. 

Love the last chapter when he talks about Trump calling him on Halloween and told him "You are a fucking warrior Pete; A fucking warrior."  Love it.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Center Street (May 19, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1546098747
ISBN-13: 978-1546098744

Saturday, June 20, 2020

A Life in Parts By: Bryan Cranston

I love reading biographies and memoirs.  I love to see how people get to where they are.  It grounds me because I can see that people usually have hundreds of "L" before they have a single "W".   Cranston was the stars of one of my favorite shows which I had never planned on watching; Breaking Bad. I have reviewed other books in the past and have made the same comment.  Don't have a plan B.  It is a pattern I have seen in many of the subjects of the books I have read. 

Cranston decided at some point in his life that he was going to be an actor and never looked back.  He had a great approach to auditioning.  He thought of it as the ability to deliver a performance.  Not from a perspective of getting a job.  I believe that could be one of the secrets of his success.  The book begins with one of the most powerful scenes from Breaking Bad where Jane Margollis (Krysten Ritter), Jesse Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) girlfriend dies in front of White (Cranston), and he does nothing.  He admits to seeing his real-life daughter during that scene.  It that goes back in time and he writes about his life growing up and his challenges as a child and later adolescences and adulthood.  Cranston writes about his big break in Malcolm in the Middle as the father.  This made him an "actor"

If you are a Breaking Bad or Malcolm fan, this is a must read. This is a short read coming in under 300 pages.  But I was engaged the entire time. 

Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle

Breaking Bad

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476793859
ISBN-13: 978-1476793856

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed By: Gianno Caldwell

A refreshing view of the Conservative movement through the eyes of an African-American young Republican. Caldwell comes from the inner-city in Chicago, Il. His mother dealt with drug addiction and he was raised by his grandmother. He comes with a level of street cred you don't get from other authors.

Although I do not agree with 100% of what he writes, I do consider it and can agree to disagree. Regarding Charlottesville, I cannot in good faith, broadly paint all protesters as racists or anti-racist gods. I do believe that I can protest the taking down of a Civil War statue and not be a White Supremacist. As a matter of fact, I do not agree with White Washing history. But make no mistake, if KKK and Real White Supremacists has their way, me, the black person and the Jew would all be hanging from the same tree. I never get how that can be. Candice Owens, a Black Woman is called a racist because she supports Trump. I have a friend of mine that is married to a beautiful dark skin, black woman. He is white. He is also a Trump supporter. I am shocked to see how quick they call him a racist. It's preposterous.

Regarding Kaepernick, I say he has the right to take a knee if he wants. I support his right to do it, however I am disrespected by it because I served in the military. Maybe if he was a vet I would see it differently, although I doubt it. I choose not to watch or attend the NFL games. I also have taken my own stance against Nike. I will not spend a single cent on anything Nike. They have decided to take a politics stance. Ironically, the left rail about "Citizens United" yet is fine with Nike taking a stance politically as long as it's advancing their agenda. Chick-Fil-A did not get afforded the same level of free thought and 1st amendment.

I found the book refreshing and very apropos. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind willing to listen to someone outside of your echo chamber. Caldwell calls out Democrats, Republicans, Whites and Blacks. Caldwell is a smart, tenacious and driven individual. He definitely motivated me.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum (November 12, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0593134923
ISBN-13: 978-0593134924

Friday, May 29, 2020

Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage By: Dan Crenshaw

What a great book.  One would think this is a completely partisan book, those assuming that would be wrong.  What it actually is, is a book with a perfect title "Fortitude".  I have both my sons reading this book.   I am not saying I want them to become seals, although that was my plan (believe it or not), but I do want them to embrace their dreams and aspirations in the same fervor Crenshaw writes about.

This man's journey is an amazing one.  If you were to just take into account becoming a Navy Seal, which by itself is an amazing feat, he would be impressive.  He was blown up, lost an eye and almost lost the other, went back to the teams, graduated from Harvard and became a Congressman.  Any single one is extremely impressive.

It is a book you should really consider reading.  It is not an overly political book as I mentioned before.  You do have politics since he IS a Congressman.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Twelve (April 7, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1538733307
ISBN-13: 978-1538733301

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Revolution: Trump, Washington and "We the People" By: KT McFarland

This is a great book; probably the best political book I have read in the last couple of years.  McFarland describes her time at the White House with President Donald Trump.  She is neither a cheerleader or TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) SJW.  She explains how Trump operates, his thinking and his approach.  

With her past experience with other White House Administrations, McFarland has unique view and can be a good judge of how this Administration is doing.  I enjoyed her perspective on how the White House had bed set up for the anticipated Hillary Clinton.  Equally interesting is the approach Trump has in meetings.  He does not allow others to dictate the agenda nor control the narrative in meetings.  I have always found that to be disheartening when the people elect a POTUS, and you have a bunch of puppeteers pulling the strings behind the scenes.

McFarland describes his decision making process and how he wants to be the one to make the decisions not one of his handlers.  I find that refreshing.  Love him or hate him, apparently those are the only positions allowed today, Trump is an amazing businessman and has brought the knowhow of the board room into the situation room and from what we can see, absent the Coronavirus, he has done amazing things for the economy, for jobs, and in spite of all the accusations, has done more for Hispanics and African-Americans (Even though I hate using hyphens) than any other POTUS in the last hundred years.

McFarland discusses that absolute war the media has towards Trump.  Again, wether you love, hate or love to hate him, you have to see that the media is 1000% (yes I know it says 1,000 and that 1,000% is impossible) is an arm of the Democratic Party and that they will NEVER give Trump an "L" regardless of what he does or does not do.  Just yesterday I was reading how Deblagio is installing fences on NY Beaches to keep people out, yet when Trump mentioned the wall, the Left lost their heads saying, "walls, fences or barriers or racist".  We see it with Joe Biden and his son, Joe Biden and rape allegations, Biden and the Quid Pro Quo with Ukraine.  We see it with Secretary Clinton and her crimes, and YES they are 100% crimes.  As any of us reading this review would be under the jail for less that what she has gotten away with.  Despite the constant investigations, impeachments, rhetoric, fear mongering, et al, the POTUS has STILL done some amazing things for this country that previous Administrations had told us, and we believed that would never get better; "The new normal".  I wonder, how much better would this country be if only the media were "fair" (ironically they throw that word around a lot) and the House were not in a constant "impeach" witch hunt.  You can still hate Trump.  I hate Obama as a President, but like him from a personal basis, even though I of course do not know him.  But I can separate the two.

McFarland also discusses the MO of our top LEA and how they royalty screw people.  Even powerful people; people connected must beware.  She discussed the FBI investigation and the Mueller investigation she was thrown into.  She wrote these chapters before the information recently revealed about how the FBI and other Intelligence Agencies use their power to attack and take out their perceived foes. She wrote about Flynn, which again, if you turn a blind eye to the tactics the left has used against the Republicans, then you need to be accepting when it turns on you.  Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Finally, she is rightfully critical on China and their plans to overtake the US regarding super power and Worldwide influence. Sadly, we can see how the WHO was either negligent at best, complicit at worse in allowing the Coronavirus to take hold worldwide in the greatest "pandemic" this planet has seen.  Yes China gets a pass.  No one wants to say anything negative about them.  Even the NBA and other US companies are terrified as is Hollywood to criticize China.  If the aforementioned were as open to criticize China as they are to criticize Trump, China would be less bold to do what they do.

I recommend this book for anyone looking to understand the POTUS.  She has a unique perspective since she has served in multiple administrations.  

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Post Hill Press (February 25, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1642934046
ISBN-13: 978-1642934045
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Final Day: A John Matherson Novel By: William R. Forstchen

The third and final book of the John Matherson series by Willam Forstchen.  I enjoyed this series.  I normally don't do series, but in this case, the dystopian theme called my attention.  This book takes place after the demise of the overzealous Dale Fredericks.  John gets word from an old friend, Bob  and so begins the whirlwind of ups and down Forstchen is known for.  Just when you think you have the plot rolled up in a neat little package, the story shifts and all that was up, was now down.

In this book, Matherson and Makala are expecting a child although she was not as prevalent in this book as the other two.  John is on the run from the new government in Bluemont.  John is put in situations where he needs to make choices that will affect his wife & unborn child, daughter, and fellow towns people.  Obviously, you will want to read "One Minute After" and "One Year After" first or you would be lost.

The irony is that some of the government folks moved their families prior to the EMP.  Fast forward to today when we had members of congress that divested themselves of their stock portfolio prior to the pandemic crash, makes you think this book series was used as a manual and not a novel.  Matherson thwarts an attempt to attack our country and ensures that a new government be properly constituted.

I think this would make a great TV series.  There is a lot of in-between content that could spread to multi-seasons.

Series: A John Matherson Novel (Book 3)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (January 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765376733
ISBN-13: 978-0765376732

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hurricanes: A Memoir By: Rick Ross

This was a great book.  Rick Ross grew up in Miami and a lot of the places he frequented are places I did as well.  I was never a huge fan of Rick Ross, however after reading his book, I certainly understand his music much more.  There was a lot of talk about Ross being a Freemason due to his song by the name "Freemason".  However he is not.  Ross has become a huge presence in the hip hop/rap world.  It is incredible to see how a person can turn their life around. 

In one of the chapters, Ross wrote about driving by Evander Holyfield mansion and parking where it was visible with his friend.  He was impressed at the accomplishment of Holyfield.  At one point, Holyfield filed for bankruptcy and Ross immediately purchases the property.  

Ross and I share a similar thought process.  In his book, he mentions how he thrives in the face of adversity and nothing drives him more than someone saying you can't do it.  I find myself at this point in a similar way as Ross did where his villain was himself.  That chapter was actually inspirational.

His mom and his sister are a big part of his life and his longevity.  It is great to see that someone that has been extremely street wise and exposed to so much crime and death, still looks to his mother and his family for support.   

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hanover Square Press; Original edition (September 3, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1335999280
ISBN-13: 978-1335999283

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

One Year After: A John Matherson Novel By: William R. Forstchen

Another great, post apocalyptic book by Mr. Forstchen.  This book is the second in the series and follows One Second After by the same.  This book picks up with book 1 in the series leaves off. In this book, John meets with part of the newly formed US government after the EMP or "The Day" as they call it.

John Matherson again proves that he is a man of integrity and his historical knowledge, since his last job was as a history professor in Black Mountain, NC.  The book is somewhat slow but when you get to chapter 11, you cannot put it down.  John's ultimate villain is an overzealous politico that is trying to run NC as his own empire.  He tries to tempt John by offering him positions and rank but did not expect John to be as principled as he was.

Great, action packed book.  Can't wait to read the next one.

Series: A John Matherson Novel (Book 2)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765376709
ISBN-13: 978-0765376701

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo By: Alan Dershowitz

This is an interesting book.  Dershowitz attempts to set the record straight from his perspective.  Dershowitz makes a compelling argument against his accuser and her attorneys. With the creation of the cancel culture, #MeToo and other movements and organizations, we have seen a devolvement of the legal system once founded and rooted in "innocent until proven guilty".  It has now been turned on its head.  It is now guilty until proven innocent, proof be damned.  

Dershowitz walks you through the evidence and is able to show exculpatory documents, recording, and fillings that exonerate him.  He even requested that FBI investigate him.  He initiated it, not the accuser.  However, it seemed that the accuser's attorneys refuse to do the right thing and have the accuser testify under oath and threat of perjury what her story is.

I do believe women should report sex crimes against them.  There have been too many victims of such crimes.  However I do NOT ascribe to the new legal system where all it takes is a woman to accuse you of something and destroy your life regardless of it being true or not.  I am positive that if the shoe were on the other foot and the US adopted some of the Sharia type beliefs where women need to have four male witnesses to prove rape, the "movement" would take on a different role with different goals.

The book is not his best work.  It is short coming in at 168 pages including the table of contents. And quite frankly did read a little whiny, but the content was interesting despite that.  It shows the sleaziness of the profession.  Hopefully it is the exception and not the rule; although I believe its the latter and not the former.

What I found appalling is how someone can make accusation about you and then when you come out and call them a lier, they can sue you for defamation.  It is a lose-lose scenario.  Thankfully for him, he is an attorney and can fight the fight better and cheaper than others.

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Hot Books (November 19, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510757538
ISBN-13: 978-1510757530

Sunday, March 29, 2020

One Second After by: John Matherson

This was a very apropos book.  Although NOT a pandemic, it is about an EMP.  However you the outcome and the scenario is very real.  The inability to get supplies, medications, and the very essentials to sustain life.  The threat of an EMP is very real and is not a science fiction movie.  Although a computer would be useless during a time of an EMP, it is imperative to be prepared.

It is important to have a classic car that would sustain an EMP.  Gasoline would be easy since all other cars would be fried and you could fill up as you go, but the problem is someone or a group would try to take it from you.  You would need an arsenal and plenty of ammo.  In the book John has an old Edsel (manufactured by Ford).  The book takes place in Black Mountain NC, a place I love and have looked at property to buy in the mountains.

John has a diabetic daughter who relies on insulin.  The book quickly devolves and the citizens of Black Mountain unite to form a militia to protect the resources of Black Mountain.

Death, destruction, and mayhem.  People may laugh at me but I plan to prepare for an EMP.  Better safe than sorry.  The fact is the US relies too much on technology.  GPS, Electricity, etc.  You need to be prepared.

Matherson has other books;  One Year After, The Final Day and 48 Hours.  I plan to read them all.

Series: A John Matherson Novel (Book 1)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (March 17, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765317583
ISBN-13: 978-0765317582

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

12 Years A Slave By: Solomon Northup

Amazing book.  I cannot wait to watch the movie.  Sadly but necessarily, it reminds me of the abhorrent practice of slavery.  At first the book is a little slow but soon you are neck deep in the story and wishing Solomon escapes or is saved.

This is not the first time I read about the trade freedmen being sold back to the South.  Its funny to listen to those who align with the NORTH because they are from the north and they seem to think that the entire north was against slavery.  The dirty truth is that the Civil War was not fought to end slavery.  Anyone doing cursory research will agree with that statement.  The "North" was not without sin.  They did plenty including selling free black people into slavery or back to slavery if they escaped bondage.

Although the book is promoted as a true story, there has been some historians that have questions certain facts.  Although I have not read those reports, and even if 90% of this book is true, it is appalling.  Hell, even if 1% of it were true, it would be appalling.

The books is about Solomon Northup, a freeborn African-American that was born in NY but kidnapped by conmen and sold into slavery.  Northup leaves his wife and daughters and they have no idea where he went.  Northup had to hide his ability to read and write because he would have been killed.  Blacks were not allowed to learn any skills that could allow them to understand laws and such.

I read the book prior to watching the movie as is my modos operandi, so I was not aware of the story prior to reading.

Read it, then re-read it.  Great book

Hardcover: 202 pages
Publisher: Engage Books (January 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1927970164
ISBN-13: 978-1927970164

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Outsider By: Stephen King

Another great book by Stephen King.  I started watching the series with Justin Bateman. I watched the first 3 episodes, waited for my wife to catch up and then my wife moved forward without me :-(.

The book starts off with a brutal murder of a young child.  The description is extremely disturbing.  In the book the boy is mauled and also sodomized with a branch.  The town coach, Terry Maitland is the main suspect.  However the case soon unravels.  Ralph Anderson, the investigator of the crime and himself being the parent of a murdered child, arrests Maitland in front of the entire town and a game he is coaching.  The investigation takes a turn when Terry Maitland is 70 miles away at the time of the murder.  

As with a lot of Stephen King novels there is a lot of product placement within the book.  Sometimes it was a bit too much.   I will admit that I was tempted to cheat and watch the show in order to find out what was going on.  It is a suspense book all the way until the end.  I did find it a bit disturbing as King kept circling back and mentioning what had happened to the Frankie Peterson.  I felt as if King wanted to remind me again and again about the crime.  As soon as I started thinking about the plot, someone mentioned the gruesome act.

The crazy part is that I remember as a child when my parents told me about "el viejo de saco".   Little did I know that he would be the subject of a Stephen King novel.

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Editiion edition (May 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501180983
ISBN-13: 978-1501180989

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats By: Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

Great book about cyber security.  I am in the business and can see the author(s) are well versed on that industry.  The authors however, make their political biases known to the reader.  Although I DO read political books and expect the political biases, I hate when authors, actors, musicians, etc try to use a platform to spew their political views when the content is not political.  It is not overwhelming to the point that it is not readable, but it is palpable.

Authors cover many of the concerns I and others have to deal with. They have different views and proposed solutions than mine. I tend to not want government involved, however the authors seem to be pro-Big Government.  This is strange to see in InfoSec since you have a majority of people in this group are usually libertarian leaning weather that is left-leaning or rigs-leaning libertarian.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press (July 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 052556196X
ISBN-13: 978-0525561965

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Animal Farm By: George Orwell

Sadly, this is something that has been seen over and over again, all over the world. The Socialist will use a villain de jour to unite the people around a common goal. However in order for Socialism or Communism to work, it REQUIRES a dictator.  Without one, people would quickly see that "Socialism is for the people NOT the Socialist" and would revolt.

I wish children were taught this in school. The left has strategically taken over the education system. This gives them access to young minds where they can brainwash the youth. Rather than teaching students how to survive in an unfair world, they teach them how to become victims.

Intersectonism type behavior is alive and well in this book before it was a thing. Even when you agree with them, their goals and platform is based on whatever the leftists say they are. It is truly "progressive". It never stops its always "progressing".  This book is a lesson on how propaganda works and how foolish people are to follow it. 

Sadly, George Orwell's writing has been used as a plan instead of a warning.  This is a short book, but  you will understand why socialism and communism is a farce.  

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 20, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0151072558
ISBN-13: 978-0151072552

Monday, February 17, 2020

50 Things They Don't Want You to Know By: Jerome Hudson

Wow.  This book blows the lid off the twisted, one-sided lies told by the "Mainstream Media".  Hudson takes you through 50 fallacies spread by the Mainstream Media and the Left in general. Hudson, a black male, is critical about many things specifically around the black community however he does not limit himself to the African-American plight.  He goes head on.  You can tell of his Thomas Sowell influences.  Sowell is one of my favorite authors, ever.

Hudson covers, abortion, affirmative action, gun violence and mass shootings, substance abuse, sex trade and human trafficking, immigration, deporter in chief, jobs, corporate tax breaks, welfare, climate change, Socialism, tech companies, and of so much more.

This book is well written and literally, I could not put it down once I started reading it.  I wish everyone would read this book.  Although you can tell he is a conservative, you still can learn a lot.  I often ask my liberal friends about the hypocrisy.  For the most part, they know it but they won't call it out because the perception is that they would then like Trump.  If all parties held their own accountable, we would be in a better place.  However we let our side screw up and we even defend them because we have lost the dignity to disagree with someone without losing our minds.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Broadside Books (September 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062932527
ISBN-13: 978-0062932525

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Dirt Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee; Vince Neil; Motley Crue; Mick Mars; Nikki Sixx; Neil Strauss (contributor) (Author)

What an amazing book. It is truly a miracle that Motley Crue is still alive. The level of debauchery is unequalled. The drugs, sex, alcohol and all around self destruction was strangely addictive, no pun intended.

One after the other, each band member describes their insanity of growing up. One by one the tail of the self destructive activity is described in detail throughout the book.

Mick Mars is a deep individual. His view on death is extremely interesting. He says that when people die and see a tunnel and a light at the end, it's actually the birth canal and the light is the lights in the hospital room. He says that when the person does not continue through the tunnel, it represents a still birth. I think I could get along well with Mick.

Vince's daughter's death was so difficult to read.  It literally brought tears to my eyes.  I could see how this life would be a spiral AFTER her death, but does not account for what he did theretofore.

I am going to watch the Netflix movie now. I refused to watch it until I read this book.  Now I am ready.  If you are a fan you MUST read this book.

In 2015, I bought my wife tickets to Motley Crue.  They were amazing seats.  I had a clear view of Nikki Sixx, although this picture does not do it justice.  Always loved Motley Crue, and I always knew they were crazy, but did not know a lot of the stories.

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: It Books; Anniversary, Reprint edition (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780062012333
ISBN-13: 978-0062012333
ASIN: 0062012339

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump By:

This book covers the weaponization of oppression by the left.  Sadly the youth have indebted themselves with huge debt for an education in victimization.  Soave writes about intersectionality in how insane it is.  Here is my attempt to explain it.  Apparently, if a white male that is gay is supporting a gay cause, he is not allowed because he is missing a oppression component.  Apparently a person in a wheelchair cannot be called "wheelchair-bound" and not only, can you not call him/her that but you cannot even ask them what they would like to be called.  It is truly the most insane attack on the first amendment.

Soave correctly calls out the ACLU on not sending up for free speech and that it has become an intersectionalist organization.  Intersectionism will not last though because its goal is to continue to thin the "allowed" speech and in doing so alienating even supporters of the foundational issue.  They will alienate or should I say "undocument" (sarcasm) everyone that does not meet the intersection dé jour.

Additionally, their own rhetoric works against them. If I say something about anti-black racism and they say I cannot because I am not black, well how about if I identify is a black person?  Are there only some people that can "identify" and have it respected?  Ironically, Black Conservatives are not allowed to use their "oppression" in any kind of statement.  As a matter of fact, they are attacked viciously at times.

These people are not prepared for society in my opinion. Our enemies are laughing at us at how we are imploding from within. To think that these babies are our future is truly scary.   It seems the more outlandish and cruel comments about people who disagree, the better you are in their eyes.

If there is any positive side of this book, is that these idiots are going to eat their own.

It was truly a great book.  It is scary and sad, but very informative.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: All Points Books (June 18, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250169887
ISBN-13: 978-1250169884

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Inside Out: A Memoir By: Demi Moore

Demi Moore has always been a favorite of mine.  She has been on many of my favorite movies I grew up with.  Moore writes about her troubled childhood, substance abuse, appearance, relationships, abuse and her career.  Moore's parents were a real work of art.  The abuse they put her through is unbelievable from a parent.  Moore left her house at 16.  When her father left her mother, he took his son (Demi's brother Morgan) and she was crushed and felt she was not wanted.  She later realizes that the father she thought was her biological father was actually not her real father.  Her maiden name was Guynes.  At 18 years old, she married Freddie Moore and subsequently kept her last name.

Her mother gave a her boss the keys to her house so he could wait for Demi at home when she arrived at 15 years old.  He allegedly raped her.  A week later "Val" (the alleged rapist) told Moore, “How does it feel to be whored by your mother for $500?”  Later, British media uncovered that Val was actually, Basil Doumas, a landlord who ran La Cage Aux Folles, a hot spot for celebrities at the time including Elton John, Sylvester Stallone and Michelle Pfeiffer.  Incredible.  Absolutely unconscionable. Ashton Kutcher and Moore met, and later married and subsequently lost a baby.  Once again Moore's relationship with Kutcher imploded as did her relationship with Bruce Willis. 

Even after 50, Moore still had to deal with drama and heartache.  Truly sad story.  Kutcher really did her rotten.  Reminds me of the Jessica Simpson book I just finished and her relationship with John Mayer.  Thankfully her relationship with her daughters was reestablished and I wish her the best.

This is a short book but packed full of information about a true Hollywood A-Lister.  I finished it in one day.  Mostly because I could not put it down.  If you are a fan of Moore, read it.

Rumer Willis, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Scout Willis, Emma Heming Willis and Tallulah Willis attend Demi Moore's "Inside Out" book launch party on Sept. 23, 2019 in Los Angeles
Bruce and Ema - His new wife

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper (September 24, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062049534
ISBN-13: 978-0062049537

Friday, February 7, 2020

Open Book By: Jessica Simpson

I love biographies.  Simpson did no let me down.  A tale of her life from birth, sexual abuse, substance abuse, marriage, love and children.  I will say that I was always used to watching Jessica as the virgin.  In the book, she talks about "Sexual Napalm" and plenty of sex.  I had to remember that she is a grown woman and has children.

Simpson writes about her failed Mickey Mouse Club audition and how Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears beat her out and how she ran into them again as her mother warned her.  Jessica and Nick were a train wreck.  I found myself hating Nick for not appreciating Jessica. Later she hooked up with John Mayer, what a jerk.  The emotional and mental abuse she took from him was appalling.

Jessica and Nick

Jessica and John

Jessica and Eric

It was a great book.  I was inspired by her story. Her weight battles is something that hit home.  She is truly a success story.  In life, performance and business.  I recommend the book.

Here is the link to the Ellen show where Jessica was drunk.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (February 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062899961
ISBN-13: 978-0062899965

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage By: Cliff Stoll

Great book. It was near and dear to me since it takes place during the years I was getting into computers and hacking.  The book takes you through the process of tracking an intruder in an age where this was uncharted waters. Sadly, some of the same techniques they used in the 80's are still around in different forms but based on the very attacks and exploitation of the OS's.  If you are a techie, this is the way to go.  If you are not techie, you may be lost in the technical speak.

Here is a link to a YouTube video series about this book. It is missing 2 of 6 but fun to watch.

Hardcover: 326 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (September 26, 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385249462
ISBN-13: 978-0385249461

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Wise Guy By: Nicholas Pileggi

Great book. I obviously watched the movie (Good Fellas), I mean who has not?  The movie follows the book almost 100%.  I always found it crazy that the movie was a true story.

This is one of those strange instances where the movie is as good as the book. Very rarely do you find that. I did like the the movie version of "go get your shine box" better than. The book. Also different is the spider scene where he shoots Michael Imperioli (AKA Christopher from Sopranos).

It's pretty sad to see what he became and the depth he fell to before being saved by the feds. I think the Feds truly did save him.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (January 1985)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0671447343
ISBN-13: 978-0671447342

Saturday, January 25, 2020

My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir By: Garry Marshall

What a great book.  Marshall's wholesome attitude and work ethic is refreshing.  One of the prolific directors of our times.  His story is incredible.  I found myself adding a bunch of his work to my Netflix "List".  Marshall created and directed Happy Days, Lavern & Shirley, The Odd Couple, Pretty Woman and countless more.  He launched the carriers of actors, actresses, producers and the like that also went on to entertain us.

The reason I chose this book was because I read his sister's book.  Mr. Marshall is the older brother of Penny Marshall know for movies like Big, A League of their own, and many more.  I read her story and was fascinated by all the actors and musicians you may not associate with "Lavern".  Garry Marshall's life was equally interesting.

His relationship with his wife Barbara gave me a retrospective view of my wife and our relationship.  I found many parallels between me in him from the prospective of work and family.  I want have what he had at his age.

I recommend this book to anyone who grew up watching his work.

Hardcover: 276 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1st Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307885003
ISBN-13: 978-0307885005

Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite By: Peter Schweizer

This is the 4th book I read from this author.  Although this book focused entirely on the "Progressive" politicians and almost entirely on the Democratic 2020 Presidential hopefuls, he is normally fair and covers corruption in both parties.

It really is incredible to read this book and then listen to these politicians talk down to us with this moral indignation all the while they are totally corrupt and engaging in the very same things they accuse others of engaging in.  I always say that socialism is for the people not the socialists.  They talk a good talk, but they are all corrupt as they come.  

This books covers the sketchy rise of the candidates such as Harris, Biden, Sanders, Warren and many more. These folks and so many others are riding high on the MSM hearts.  We have seen time and time and time again and again that the MSM gets it wrong all the time. If you doubt it, look at Michael Avenatti, for gods sake, they were calling the 2020 election in his favor back in 2017.

The facts are clear.  When Obama was running for his second term, no one in the Democratic Party or the Republicans part would be able to beat him.  The only strategy was to wait him out.  The same is true with Trump.  He will win 2020 and there is nothing anyone can do.  They cannot even impeach him.  The Democrats are hurting the party by continuing with this approach.  When the information in this book comes out, they will be seen in the true light that they are; huge hypocrites. 

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper (January 21, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006289790X
ISBN-13: 978-0062897909

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Darkness to Light: A Memoir By: Lamar Odom

I am not a big basketball fan. I knew of Lamar Odom because of the Kardashians and even that was limited since I hardly watched it. For some reason I was interested in reading it though.

I was shocked how nonchalant he spoke about making it to the NBA. I am sure there was a lot of practiced and struggled, something i did not get out of the book.

The loss of his son was enough to send anyone into a tailspin, however his issues were present before, during and after. It was very sad to read about his downward spiral. To have it all and throw it away over substance is heartbreaking.  Hopefully his near-death experience, the love of his kids and the loss of the love of his life, as he stated, will keep him straight.

Odom's story is compelling and engaging. It's not a long book but I found myself not putting it down

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (May 28, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1948836084
ISBN-13: 978-1948836081

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt

This book starts off very cerebral, no pun intended. The author goes into detail about sections of the brain, how section inter communicate, what sections handle what human functions, etc.

I thought I was not going to like it but I found myself not wanting to put it down. I have a 20 year old and a 13 year old. Reading this book made me see my mistakes in my approach with the older one, and I immediately modified behaviors and tactics with my 13 YO.  

The book covers mental disorder in teens and young adults and what types of behaviors attribute to it.  I have kidded with friends that this book should have been names "Why is my kid an @$$hole".  While it does shed light on why, a lot, it turns out is parenting tactics. 

I recommend this book to anyone with teens, toddlers & families planning to have kids.  Even people without kids will benefit from this book. I have learned so much from this book.  Not sure how I stumbled onto this book.  I think it was a suggestion or an update I saw on

Frances E. Jensen

Amy Ellis Nutt

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062067842
ISBN-13: 978-0062067845

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad By: Nicole Weisensee Egan

A disturbing book about Bill Cosby and his disgusting practices.  I have read a lot of books, the most recent one, In Pieces by Sally Field and the one thing I have extrapolated from all of this is that these famous people are always in our faces telling us what to do, how to do it and calling out anyone that does not follow them lockstep.  But the reality is, they are mostly twisted and degenerates.  I know that is a bold statement and probably exaggerated, but when you look at the tax evaders, sexual deviants, drug and alcohol abuse, spousal abuse, children in disarray, you come to realize that they are no better than you.  Hell, for most of us, they could learn a thing or two from us.

This guy is the worst kind of deviant, not there is a good kind of course.  To premeditated rape of women by drugging them...... I have three sisters, a mom, a wife and many women I respect.  This guy should have been thrown in prison early on, not in his 70's.

Egan covers the multiple women that accused Cosby.  She goes over the #MeToo movement and how the more women came out against Cosby, the more victims felt they could come forward as well.  I understand how difficult it is for victims to come forward especially against a powerful attacker.  I am extremely cautious in believing women/men just because the accuse.  Sadly there has been many hoax cases that have screwed it up for everyone and made the public cynical about cases.  Not just rape, but race, LGBTQ, etc.

There is not doubt that Cosby is exactly where he belongs.  I cannot believe that he got as little time as he did.  His attorney, Thomas Mesereau was equally a PoS.  When I did digital forensics, I never took a case involving Child Pornography or child molestation.  Birds of a feather I guess.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Seal Press (April 23, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580058965
ISBN-13: 978-1580058964