- Timothy Egan’s response to Steve Jobs, who said, “the fact is that people don’t read anymore.”
- The shortlist for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the year.
- Will Ashford’s book art.
- Lee Kottner’s two part post on copyright.
- William Skidelsky on book reviewing in this month’s Prospect.
February 22, 2008
February 17, 2008
January 12, 2008
I don’t know about you, but to me the dribble that comes from the presidential candidates via electronic media arrives in piles and says nothing about what we can expect if they win. The solution? Read their books.
So which Presidential candidate is worth reading? Most people would probably choose the individual for which they intend to vote, but if you want to be open minded, there are plenty of available alternatives. Not all of the books are geared toward politics or leadership, but all might give you a better glimpse of what’s inside the candidates head than what’s coming out of their mouths.
Here is a less than exhaustive list in no particular order of books written or edited by presidential candidates:
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, comp. Dears Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. ISBN 0684857782
Clinton, Hillary Rodham. An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. ISBN 0684857995
Clinton, Hillary Rodham. It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. ISBN 0684818434, 0684825457 (pbk.)
Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Living History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. ISBN 0743222245, 0743222253 (pbk.)
Edwards, John. Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream. New York: Norton, April 2007. ISBN 1595581766
Edwards, John. Four Trials. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 0743244974, 0743272048 (pbk)
Giuliani, Rudolph W. Leadership. New York : Hyperion, c2002. ISBN 0786868414
Giuliani, Rudolph. untitled memoir. New York: Hyperion Books, September 2007. ISBN 0786868422 (THIS ONE IS APPARENTLY NOT YET PUBLISHED)
Gravel, Mike. Citizen Power: A People’s Platform. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972. ISBN 0030914655
Huckabee, Mike. Character is the Issue: How People with Integrity Can Revolutionize America.Nashville, TN : Broadman & Holman Publishers, c1997. ISBN 0805463674
Huckabee, Mike. From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Stops to Restoring America’s Greatness. New York: Warner Books, 2007. ISBN 1599957043
Huckabee, Mike. Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence.Nashville, Tenn : Broadman & Holman, c1998. ISBN 080541794X
Huckabee, Mike. Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to Be Intentional About the Legacy You Leave.New York: Broadman and Holman, 2000. ISBN 0805423362
Huckabee, Mike. Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife and Fork. New York : Center Street, 2005. ISBN 0446578061
Kucinich, Dennis J. A Prayer for America.New York : Thunder’s Mouth Press, c2003. ISBN 1560255102 (pbk.)
McCain, John S. Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know And Every Adult Should Remember. New York : Random House, 2005. ISBN 1400064120
McCain, John S. Faith of My Fathers.New York : Random House, c1999. ISBN 0375501916, 0060957867 (pbk.)
McCain, John S. Hard Call. New York: Warner Books, August 2007. ISBN 0446580406
McCain, John S. Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life. New York : Random House, c2004. ISBN 1400060303
McCain, John S. Worth Fighting For: A Memoir. New York : Random House, c2002. ISBN 0375505423
Obama, Barack. Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Crown Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0307237699
Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Times Books, 1995. ISBN 081292343X, 1400082773 (pbk.)
Richardson, Bill. Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life. New York : Putnam, c2005. ISBN 0399153241
Romney, Mitt. Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games. Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2004. ISBN 0895260840
Tancredo, Thomas. In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security. Nashville, Tenn. : WND Books, c2006. ISBN 1581825277
Biden, Joe. Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics. New York. Random House. 2007. ISBN 1400065364
Paul, Ron. A Foreign Policy of Freedom. Lake Jackson, Texas. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education. 2007. ISBN 0912453001
December 1, 2007
As my 39th birthday approaches, I wrestle more and more with time. Impending death focuses the mind, right? Well, it’s not as bad as all that, really, but like an invasive species, I find myself appreciating time’s aesthetic while wanting to spray it with dimensional herbicide.
With my own angst over a linear and finite lifespan as backdrop, I recently received Chris Turney’s Bones, Rocks, and Stars in the mail. Subtitled The Science of When Things Happened, Turney sets out to explain the difficulties of pinning down when as a scientific fact. The ensuing conversation covers the politics of calendars, tree rings and ice cores as important (and disappearing) records, earth’s penchant for galactic near misses, and finally the dangers of creationism.
The book is well written, geared for the general public, and, at 167 pages in its trade paperback form, easily consumed. Turney does an excellent job of tying the problems of scientific measurement, public ignorance, and poor public policy together. I enjoyed the blending of science with history and a bit of literary spin at the beginning of each chapter. I find that I agree with Pharyngula that the book culminates in the only place such a discussion can, namely the religious disruption of vital science.
This book would make a great Xmas gift (used, of course) for the citizen scientist in your life. I recommend it highly.