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  • Review: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

    The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Back in 2012, I took the Moral Foundations Questionnaire test. So almost five years later, I finally got around to reading the book that explains it. Since it is now Facebook integrated, I kind […]

  • Review: Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works

    Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works by Rick Santorum My rating: 4 of 5 stars Santorum believes the family is the core unit of society not the individual. That has interesting implications such as what does that mean where there are so many divorces, single parents, and “failures to launch”? Making policy […]

  • Review: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have not read Moby Dick. My guess is if I had read it first or been a fan of stories about ship life, then I would care more about the sailors, the details, […]

  • Review: Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a couple hundred pounds of chains bearing down on the reader. A father who writes about the race in America in the time just before #BlackLivesMatter attempts to put into words what it means. This stands out as […]

  • Review: Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas

    Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas by Michael Bishop My rating: 5 of 5 stars An excellent Dickian story in the irreverence that he would appreciate. The current fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the current environment made this a compelling read. The parallels between the Richard Nixon character and US politics reminded me of the […]

  • Review: A Nation of Immigrants

    A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was interested in reading this because JFK was the grandson of Irish immigrants. The Irish (and Italians, Chinese, and others) at one point were the targets of the kinds of language we saw just recently during the 2016 presidential election. […]

  • Review: Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

    Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno My rating: 3 of 5 stars Rogue One is a prequel to A New Hope. Catalyst is a filler book tying together the events of Revenge of the Sith movie with Rogue One. I have not yet seen the upcoming movie, but the given what […]

  • Review: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

    White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise My rating: 5 of 5 stars Back in college, I was part of an anti-racism group. We worked with a local group and took their People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Tim mentioned them near the end of the book, which made […]

  • Review: Robot Visions

    Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov My rating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed the Asimov’s essays about robots, computers, and cyborgs. They are well done. The short stories at the front of the book are the same stories published in other books. There are a few new ones. So, if you do not mind re-reading […]

  • Review: Loving Day

    Loving Day by Mat Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars A satirical jab at identity. Like so main character and many supporting ones, I am mixed. Am I black? According to One Drop laws, absolutely yes. According to some black people, yes. According to other black people, not enough. There are similar mixed messages […]