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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the  Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies - James Bamford A very interesting book. Spookdom is Bamford’s turf. He has written about the NSA (Body of Secrets, a very good look at that agency) and the world of spying. He presents mucho specificity in support of the fact that the Iraq was had little or nothing to do with the rationales for war presented by the administration. He talks about the establishment of politically oriented entities within the Pentagon, State Department and Ariel Sharon’s government to foster conflict. There is much here on the staffing challenges facing the intelligence community (although there is little on the details of how those budgets were cut) There is a fair bit of detail on how analysts were pressured to fulfill the administration’s fantasies re Iraqi WMD and connections to Osama. Pretty good stuff. I was particularly impressed with his discussion of how intelligence is shared among countries, and what factors are at play in such sharing. It is also notable that the Qana massacre is one of the source sof Osama rage.