Coben’s “The Stranger” is Very Strange – and Not Very Good

I just finished Harlan Coben‘s newest novel, The Stranger (Dutton, 2015). I wish I were more enthusiastic.  Always a master mystery storyteller, I have always greatly anticipated the release of each of his books.  As always, this book hit the fiction best-seller lists, but quickly dropped out.  Today, it stands as the 75th best-selling overall book… Read More Coben’s “The Stranger” is Very Strange – and Not Very Good

Not What Sandberg Had In Mind – This One May Need to “Lean Out”

A new book about gender has created controversy, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons.  How would you like to know that women are the superior gender, and that we actually don’t need men at all? I don’t think that’s what Sheryl Sandberg had in mind when she wrote Lean In:  Women, Work, and the… Read More Not What Sandberg Had In Mind – This One May Need to “Lean Out”

All the Way to the Top for “Get What’s Yours” – Our Profound Insecurity!

The book I blogged about on March 21, Get What’s Yours, has soared to the top of the hardcover business best-seller list in the Wall Street Journal, published today (3/28-3/29, 2015, p. C10).  It is # 1 on that list, and # 4 on the hardcover non-fiction list. Here is its rankings on the Amazon.com… Read More All the Way to the Top for “Get What’s Yours” – Our Profound Insecurity!

Can’t Wait for McCullough’s Next Book About The Wright Brothers

I am sure you join me in great anticipation of David McCullough‘s next book, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, 2015), scheduled for release on May 15. He is certainly one of the great writers of our time.  Truman (Simon & Schuster, 1992) is a terrific and comprehensive biography of America’s favorite autocratic president.  The… Read More Can’t Wait for McCullough’s Next Book About The Wright Brothers

Maybe Violence Has a Future? Read This Book Before You Decide

Maybe you never thought violence had a future.  It’s been drilled into us since we were very young that violence was awful, even immoral or unethical.  We saw role modeling of famous non-violent demonstrations from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and throughout history, many passive rather than aggressive reactions to perceived unfavorable change. However,… Read More Maybe Violence Has a Future? Read This Book Before You Decide

Another Duo Welch Book Hits the Charts on April 15 – But Ethics?

We’re less than a month away from the release of Jack and Suzy Welch‘s newest work, The Real Life MBA:  Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career (Harper Business, 2015).   It is a certain best-seller, and pre-orders for the book are rocking the online outlets. Considering their… Read More Another Duo Welch Book Hits the Charts on April 15 – But Ethics?

Do You Know about Crystal City? What You May Not Know about FDR and World War II

I was fascinated when I received word of a book by Jan Jarboe Russell entitled The Train to Crystal City:  FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II (Scribner, 2015). Were you aware of what happened?  Have you ever heard of Crystal City, Texas?  See the map below.… Read More Do You Know about Crystal City? What You May Not Know about FDR and World War II

Get What’s Yours Rise to the Top Demonstrates Our Insecurity

What does it say about Americans when a book about Social Security zooms to the top of the best-seller lists? I say we are just insecure.  Or uninformed.  Or panicky.  Or lots of things. As a elixir, book readers are buying Get What’s Yours:  The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (Simon & Schuster,… Read More Get What’s Yours Rise to the Top Demonstrates Our Insecurity

Putnam’s Newest is a Certain Presentation For Us at the First Friday Book Synopsis

I will never forget Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2001).  It remains the most depressing book we have presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas. It contained chart after chart, page after page, of the demise of civic, social, religious, and fraternal groups in America.  All of it was true.  If you were… Read More Putnam’s Newest is a Certain Presentation For Us at the First Friday Book Synopsis

Let’s Make It Here: Recommendations from a Successful Source

It is difficult to determine the intent behind the message in Dan DiMicco‘s book, American Made:  Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness (Palgrave, 2015). The book is a call for a return to an emphasis in manufacturing in America.  He believes that putting people to work making things instead of serving things is… Read More Let’s Make It Here: Recommendations from a Successful Source