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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times - Bill Moyers The bulk of this book is media analysis, and specifically journalism analysis. That's an important subject, of course, and one to which we could stand to devote more time. Still, I guess I didn't expect so much.

All in all, the book was good. But depressing. Moyers isn't a real optimist about the future of the American people, and frankly I didn't take much hope from the places he claims to take his. So, yeah, it is pretty depressing reading. Still worthwhile, of course. He's an insightful writer, and quite frank. The best parts of the book are the first couple of essays, in all regards—important material, and some of his best thinking & writing. The ending is also pretty good. Whoever had the idea to end with a few essays that aren't about politics should be commended. It's the only thing that keeps you from finishing it with your head in the oven.