I've added a list of the books I've been reading and re-arranged the layout of this site to accommodate it. I don't read as many books as I'd like, but maybe this list will motivate me to read more? I certainly have enough unread books at hand! Here are some capsule reviews for the most recent:
"The Da Vinci Code": I'm trying to avoid being the last person on the planet to read Dan Brown's wonderful book. A wonderful, romping read, but folks are mistaking this work of fiction for fact? Amazing!
"Slander": I'm terribly behind in my reading; I have a couple shelves of unread books, yet I continue to buy more as I see new and interesting titles. One of the (many) problems with this is that topical books can become stale by the time I read them. Sadly, this applies to Ann Coulter's extensive documentation of the rampant bias and slander against conservative principles that regularly appears in most traditional media. Published in 2002, I'm sure that the revelations were startling to many at the time. By now, however, the pervasive bias is pretty well understood and Ann's litany of abuses are old hat; liberal newspapers and the major TV networks continue to lose readers/viewers as people seek out other opinions and less-biased reporting of events. So, if you've been hiding in a cave for the last four years, or you've somehow missed the news revolution, please pick up this book. Otherwise, there's not a lot of new information, and although well written it lacks the timeliness it did back in 2002.
"C Stories": A wonderful collection of Col. Cooper's life experiences throughout the world, in both war and peace. If you want to read about someone who took Teddy Roosevelt's incitement to lead a vigorous life to heart, read this book.
"The Soul and the Spirit": This is the story of Jeff Cooper, as told by his daughter Lindy. Fairly well written, and it covers a lot of Col. Cooper's early years that the rest of his books don't talk about, including his home life and his passion for racing Porsches. This book really helped round out my knowledge of the foremost expert in armed self defense.
"Prey": In college I used to think I wanted to be a nanotechnologist, but after my first chemistry class I discovered I couldn't hack it. I looked forward to reading this book, and I wasn't disappointed. Yes, a few things are a stretch, but it was well told and gripping. A great summer read.