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Book Reviews

I’ve decided to have a separate blog dedicated to all things books: reviews, new releases (if I learn of anything of interest), readers advisories, news stories, all that kind of thing.  I’ll leave this one for my political ramblings, some … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dereliction of Duty

McMaster, H. R.  (1992).  Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that led to Vietnam.  New York: Harper Perennial Press. ISBN: 978-0060929084 and 0060929081.  Also available in hardback, ISBN 978-0060187958 and 0060187956, and audio book, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Double Whammy

Double Whammy.  Carl Hiaasen.  New York: Warner Books.  ISBN 978-0446352765 and 0446352764.  Also available in hardback, ISBN 978-0399132971 and 039913297X, paperback, ISBN 978-0446695664 and 0446695661, and audio book (no ISBN available). Double Whammy is the second novel Hiaasen wrote without a collaborator.  It was published … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bible Against Itself: Why the Bible Seems to Contradict Itself

The Bible Against Itself: Why the Bible Seems to Contradict Itself.  Randel McCraw Helms.  Altadena, CA:  Millenium Press.  ISBN 978-0965504768 and 096550476X. Also available in hardback, ISBN 978-0965504751 and 0965504751. One of three books Helms has written about the Bible (the other two … Continue reading

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Book Review: The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949.  Murry R. Nelson. Jefferson, NC:  McFarland & Company.  ISBN 978-00786440061 and 0786440066. The only full length treatment of the National Basketball League (NBL), this book belongs in every basketball fan’s collection.  Its importance and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unfinished Business: The Life & Times of Danny Gatton

Unfinished Business: The Life & Times of Danny Gatton.  Ralph Heibutzki. San Francisco:  Backbeat Books.  ISBN 978-0879307486 and 087930748X. It’s always difficult to assess the quality of a biography. If the author goes into too much personal detail, he/she runs the risk … Continue reading

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Book Review: Life on the Run

Life on the Run.  Bill Bradley.  New York: Vintage Books.  ISBN 978-0679762089 and 0679762086.  Also available in hardback (ISBN 978-1560004547 and 1560004541) and mass market paperback (ISBN 978-0553261523 and 0553261525).  Older versions may be available. I decided to read this after finishing Bill Simmons’ … Continue reading

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Book Review: Who Wrote the Gospels?

Who Wrote the Gospels?  Randel McCraw Helms.  Altadena, CA: Millenium Press.  ISBN 978-0965504737 and 0965504735.  Also available in hardback, ISBN  978-0965504720 and 0965504727. Helms, a literature professor, writes here of the origins of the canonical gospels.  His theories are, to me, fresh and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jews and Judaism in the New Testament

Jews and Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations.  Terence L. Donaldson.  Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.  ISBN 978-1602582637 and 1602582637. Donaldson seeks to examine whether and/or to what extent the Christian New Testament is anti-Judaic, if not antisemitic.  To … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jesus Mysteries

The Jesus Mysteries: Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God?  Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy.  New York: Three Rivers Press.  ISBN 978-0609807989 and 0609807986.  Also available in hardback (ISBN 978-0609605813 and 060960581X). Freke and Gandy argue that Jesus is a … Continue reading

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