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Review: The Blind Man of Seville

The Blind Man of Seville
The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gruesome crime investigated by a detective who concurrently unravels the past of his dead father. Two psychological mysteries entwined in an interesting but difficult and slow read. The crime, setting and characters kept me reading.

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Review: Big Year, The

Big Year, The
Big Year, The by Mark Obmascik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful and light hearted look into a Big Year. Having been a bird keeper at a major U.S. zoo for many years it was a very enjoyable read. If you don’t know what the Big Year is it is a must read. Wanted to read it after watching the enjoyable film.

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Review: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Mr. Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” and enjoyed his writing style. I noticed he had written a bio of Benjamin Franklin. Being interested in American history I took the plunge. A long volume but very interesting. The author’s style made the book a relatively easy read. George Washington is considered the Father of Our Country. After reading about Mr. Franklin’s life, I consider Franklin as the country’s true Father. Benjamin was an intellect, a rascal and a shrewd negotiator. He was the only man to sign all four documents that ended up creating the United States of America. As also noted in David McCullough’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning book “John Adams”, the true date of our declaration of independence is reconfirmed. A book that should be “recommended reading” at any level of American History class.

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Review: The Devil’s Teeth : A True Story of Survival and Obsession

The Devil's Teeth : A True Story of Survival and Obsession
The Devil’s Teeth : A True Story of Survival and Obsession by Susan Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great book of the mysterious present and historical uses of the off-limits Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco Bay and the life of the (great) white sharks in the area.

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What I gleaned from the premise of the book "The Spider and the Starfish". The Tea Party and al Qaeda are similarly organized. 

Wonder if Facebook is going to sue me for using the word “book”?

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