Flint Hills Cowboys:Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie
Wallace Terry was a black journalist in Vietnam during the war, and had opportunity to see intimately the black experience in the Vietnam War. He used his experience to put together this book, a collection of oral histories that reveals the horrors of that war and the racism that existed. Real and moving stories.
Chuck Klosterman offers clever cultural commentary in this group of essays, weighing in on such topics as The Sims, Billy Joel, Internet porn, the 80s rivalry between the Celtics and the Lakers, and GrapeNuts. Serious topics that affect us all. But the essays are humorous, entertaining, and brilliantly written.
George Harsh tells his life story in Lonesome Road, and he led an interesting, if Lonesome, life. Harsh shot a man in a holdup attempted just for kicks, and ended up serving a life sentence on a prison chain gang. He was pardoned after 12 years for saving a man’s life by performing an emergency appendectomy. When released, he ended up in the Canadian Air Force, was shot down over Germany during WWII, and ended up in a Nazi prison camp. He spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft III, where he was intrumental in helping engineer “The Great Escape.” Sheesh.
Interesting life, interesting reading. Grade: B.
I generally avoid books like this, as political bias often obscures larger truths, and this is clearly biased against the right, but Fortunate Son left me feeling more sympathetic towards President Bush than I felt before. Not that he shouldn’t answer for his crimes against humanity, but the book made him seem more human.
Readable, but not well-written. Grade: D.
Pets in America: A History by Katherine C. Grier