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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
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power - Rachel Maddow Let me just start by saying that while I'm certainly a Leftie, I'm actually no great fan of Rachel Maddow. The details aren't relevant here, but I don't find her show compelling or particularly informative. That said, I did appreciate this book. There is wide room for non-partisan agreement on the mission creep and bloat that have become such a prominent feature of America's military, and Maddow stays well within this common ground. Her analysis is solid, if not overly deep. I suppose I can't speak to whether it's balanced, because I'm as likely as she to ascribe pretty sinister motivations to Ronald Reagan and Dick Cheney. But her assertions are backed with verifiable facts, and she lays out quite an informed/informative case. She does seem to promise a prospective solution, however, and doesn't deliver on that. Still, well worth a read.