Book Review: The Big Short by Michael Lewis


Author: Michael Lewis Title: The Big Short Publication Info: New York : W.W. Norton, c2010. ISBN: 9780393072235 Other books read by same author:  Moneyball and The Blind Side Summary/Review:  While no amount of listening to NPR’s Planet Money prepared me to understand all the financial jibber-jabber in this book, Michael Lewis’ always engaging storytelling style…

Book Review: The Dead Hand by David E. Hoffman


Author: David E. Hoffman Title:  The Dead Hand Publication Info: Anchor (2010) ISBN: 9781415965825 Summary/Review: This book is a history of the Cold War from ca. 1979 to collapse of the Soviet empire which draws on interviews, memoirs, and previously secret sources to present both the American and Soviet sides of the story.  It’s interesting…

Book Review: Revolutionaries by Jack Rakove


Author: Jack Rakove Title: Revolutionaries Publication Info: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010. ISBN: 9780618267460 Summary/Review: Subtitled “A New History of the Invention of America,” this historical look at the American Revolution and the framing of the United States Constitution does take a different approach than the typical popular history of the era.  Rakove tries…

Book Review: Tinkers by Paul Harding


Author: Paul Harding Title: Tinkers Publication Info: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged (2010) ISBN: 193413712X Summary/Review:  This book is set around the visions of an elderly man on his deathbed remembering his childhood and his own father whom he hadn’t seen in 70 years.  This is not a straightforward narrative with visions and vignettes dominating…