Thursday, January 7, 2010

Going Rogue: An American Life

Well, I read it. Going Rogue was, I thought, an angry book, venting about the life Palin has led. It seems in her political life there was always someone wanting to yank the rug from under her, (duh). But it is her book and her life and she is allowed to vent.

I think she is well spoken and while I would have some political issues to discuss with her I am glad I read the book.

I hope this means I do not have to read the Bush or Cheney books at some point.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Audacity to Win

The Audacity to Win represents Campaign Manager David Plouffe's telling of the historic (overused word to some I guess, but not me) election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the US. It is a good read and really is not anything new for those that watched the entire process and/or used the Obama Web site during the campaign.

Probably not as anticipated as the Palin book (my current read) and probably not something most would reread, but worth the time at least once.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Highest Duty

Highest Duty is Captain Chesley Sullenberger's version of the miracle on the Hudson, as unfortunately told to a ghost writer. The flight of US Air 1549, all three minutes of it, is spread over three chapters. I read it in the book store while enjoying a cuppa, and left it in the coffee area for the next patron. The Captain's testimony on C-Span was time well spent; the faux bio, not so.

Wolf Hall

I'm not going to say much because I don't want to give away anything in this magnificent novel, which does for the Tudors what Gone With The Wind did for the South. I'll just note that the plot thickens on page 200, and that I shall be first in line when the sequel appears. I'm keeping this book to read over again for its marvellously constructed episodes and then again and again for Hillary Mantel's exquisite way with words. Wolf Hall won all the big prizes in England in 2009, and deservedly so.