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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History (MP3 Book) - George Crile III, Christopher Lane A fascinating overview of US involvement in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, revealing a history quite different from what one was told at the time. It reinforces the impressions that1. Governments are full of scheming narcissists and manipulable incompetents.2. Narcissists do what they want, for their own gain and egos.3. If you get in the way of a narcissist or its government, you will be destroyed.4. You may be destroyed for trivial reasons.5. The law is for hoi polloi only.6. Governments lie and act angry and shocked when held accountable for their ilegal acts.7. All explanations of behavior are rationalizations for aggressive primate pissing and grabbing contests. Cf. the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey. This book will inform you, but it won't make you want to spend more time with humans.