Category Books

The Kiosk

It’s the size of a phone booth (if you remember phone booths) and empty of everything except hope. It showed up in Sulzburg’s market Square Wednesday. I think it is a place where people can bring their books and take something different. I saw one in Staufen, when we were there a few months ago. […]

A True Public Servant

I have managed to not get too caught up in the recent American political melodrama. As a result, I decided I wouldn’t bother reading fired FBI director James Comey’s autobiography, A Higher Loyalty,  which was published a few weeks ago. That changed when the book I wanted wasn’t available at the library –  and Comey’s […]

Full Disclosure

I don’t normally get excited about a first-time novelist, but this author was an exception. When I saw the notice for Full Disclosure, which should hit stores today, I knew it was a must-read. Courtroom novels written by lawyers, such as Scott Turow or John Grisham are pretty standard fare. Their credentials make you feel […]

Trumpocracy

If you want to read a thoughtful analysis of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, then this is the book to choose, not Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. There’s no gossip here, no anonymous musings such as Wolff gave us. David Frum, who has a set of solid Republican credentials, answers the question Hillary […]

Fire and Fury

My plan was not to read this book. I had read enough reviews to know pretty much everything in it, there would be nothing new. However, as a political junkie it was just too irresistible. Fire and Fury has left me thinking not about the chaos that is the Trump White House but more about […]

What Happened? – II

Yesterday I reviewed Hillary Clinton’s What Happened. I realized as I was writing that I had more to say than I wanted to fit into one day, so today we pick up more or less where we left off on Thursday. Clinton, who spends most of the book rehashing the 2016 US presidential election campaign […]

What Happened?

I let the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration slip by without comment. It seemed better that way. However, I’ve been reading Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, What Happened, and it seems like a good time to weigh in with a few thoughts on the book.  In 2008 I read […]