A light easy read of a series of columns previously published about growing up Iranian in America. For me not too humorous, maybe the difference is in the telling. She tells mostly of how things happened to her and her family.
Anothe good book from Jeff Shaara. This one is a dissection of the events and personalities surrounding the battle of Shiloh Church. The Union won this battle, but much could have been done to alter the outcome. Shaara does a good job of bringing these possibilities to the fore. Several different persons are followed theough the whole of the battle and what they did and the impact they had. Four and one-half stars
The Inbetween People by Emma McEvoy is the story of two men who meet and get to know each other but are from different backgrounds. One is Israeli and the other is an Israeli Arab. Both have similar critical events occur that make them nearly the same – both are left in between. Both lose their mothers one by death in childbirth, the other by choice to leave the kibbutz where the family was living. Both have friends very close to them who are separated from them one by a bomb blast, the other by the death of one of the men, Saleem. The story occurs during the last weeks of the Israeli, Avi’s , imprisonment for refusal to be in the army. Avi grew up on the kibbutz and his mother left when he was five years old. Saleem an Israeli Arab, whose mother died when he also was young, dies saving a young boy from injury in a riot. The story revolves around Sahar, the widow of Saleem, trying to convince Avi to take her from Israel to England to live as she will be forced to marry Saleem’s brother, Kazim, now that Saleem is dead. The book flows from several different perspectives, including the estranged mother and father of AVi, using letters, flashback and real-time dialogue. The in between people are those who are left in between forces they cannot control and events that effect them but that they have no ability to change. We are all in between people since life leaves us in these same predicaments as the characters of this story.I found the book engrossing because each chapter was a challenge to understand who was speaking and what, or who, they were speaking about. It is an easy to read book, but with many references between and about the characters. This would be a book probably worth re-reading in time. I give it 3 ½ stars.
The Secretary by Kim Ghattas is one journalist’s view of traveling with Hillary Clinton during her years as Secretary of State. Kim Ghattas is a journalist for the BBC covering the State Department. For four years she traveled with Hillary Clinton in company of other journalists. She is not originally from England, but rather is from Lebanon. Her initial views of the Secretary were guarded. She seemed to relate much of what she heard and saw to events she had lived through as a child growing up in war-torn Lebanon. As a result much of what Ghattas wrote and felt initially were colored by those perceptions. The book is a chronology of the travel to the many different countries and the interactions of Clinton with the leaders of many nations, usually the prime minister or the actual leader of the country. The book details many of the difficulties encountered both by the Secretary and her traveling cohort in the various nations. One of the constants was the fact of travel itself. Usually many nations in one trip and attempts to broker consensus on particular hot issues of the day was the day-to-day activity. This would entail long days of travel and sometimes less than ideal living circumstances. The author spends a good deal of time describing her background, which enhances understanding of her viewpoint. She also discusses the overall goal of the foreign policy of the Obama/Clinton administration, which was decidedly different from the previous administration. By the end of the book the author has become aware of the drive of the Secretary to enhance the reputation and rebuild the relationships across the world that had foundered in previous years. Through an exhausting four years Kim Ghattas followed Hillary Clinton and grew from being wary of the new Secretary and her way of doing business to being an admirer because the Secretary had a clear goal for her time as Secretary and that was to have the United States seen as a catalyst for change in a changing world. Not that the United States is a force that can change all the wrongs in the world. I enjoyed reading this book because it showed the clear thinking needed in a Secretary of State and the hewing to a blueprint for our foreign policy. Written by a journalist the read was fairly clear though the need for proofreading was sadly evident from the beginning. I give this book 3.5 stars.
A fabulous book describing the administration of Lincoln's tenure as president. Taken from both republican and democratic perties thie group lead the country during the Civil War and overcame their own prejudices to save the Union. five stars
A very military review of the Civil War, Reviewed the historical backround and the various battles with a synpsis of the generals and the armies involved. All events were clearly dated and the reasons for success or failure well-documented. Great boook to give an overview of the whole event of the Civil War.