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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
The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy - David Brock
This is a very detailed piece on how the republican noise machine works. The primary thesis is that it is the neocons’ goal to destroy journalism as we know it, an attempt at an accurate depiction of events and their meanings, and substitute bias-only “reporting.” It presents historical information in considerable detail concerning the roots of this movement, describing its many spreading branches. I wish I had all that information on-line so I could search for unfamiliar names. There are many, many quotes from his sources. It is a very worthwhile read, but the sheer number of names and organizations can be dizzying. It also struck me as a bit more shrill than Blinded by the Right. One wonders how someone who was a died-in-the-wool Republican can be so gung-ho for the other side. Can this guy be trusted, or will he wander off in some other direction? In any case, this is an excellent source material book, entertaining to read, informative, and very, very scary.