Books Books Books…


Yeah, this is starting to become a baaaad, good habit.  Two days at Borders, total 12 books.  🙂

But on the bright side, I only spent $40.00 tonight for 8 books.  Had a 20% off any one item, plus got all the others for $1.00 each.  🙂

Jonathan Alter – Between the Lines

Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter has provided us with a choice selection of his columns written since the early 1990s. The book is divided into eight sections ranging from history, articles on politics including the Bushes and Clintons, another on people such as Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, and such controversial individuals as Tom Delay and Rush Limbaugh.

Frank Annis – Damned By Blood

The Renaissance era was a time of exciting changes in world history.  It was also a time of religious challenges.  The storyline carries you through a twenty-five year period in England after King Henry VIII had excommunicated the Catholic Church from his kingdom.  His daring move makes way for a small Gnostic  group of people seeking shelter from the aggression of the European Catholic Church.

Gerd Gigerenzer – Gut Feelings The Intelligence of the Unconscious

Trust your hunches, for intuition does have an underlying rationale, according to this accessible account from a German scientist of human cognition. Permeated with everyday scenarios, such as picking stocks, schools, or spouses, the book adopts an evolutionary perspective of how people act on the basis of incomplete information (usually successfully). He sets the table with an example of a baseball player pursuing a fly ball, who relies not on conscious calculation but on an evolved “gaze heuristic” to make the catch.

Yvonne Carts-Powell – The Science of Heroes

Ordinary people with extraordinary powers populate the world of the hit television show Heroes, where characters exhibit such abilities as flight, telepathy, tissue regeneration, prognostication, invisibility, and teleportation through space and time.
The Science of Heroes explores these superpowers and many more through real-world research into the potential of human physical and mental capabilities. Citing the work of renowned scientists and engineers, Yvonne Carts-Powell reveals that even the least likely of powers has been studied—and in some cases, even developed. From the wonders found in nature and cutting-edge technological achievements to the latest discoveries in genetics and mutations, humanity might just possess the knowledge to achieve the extraordinary.

Carol Plum-Ucci – Streams of Babel

“They will drink in December and die like mangy dogs in April,” reads the chilling chatter found by Pakistani hacker Shahzad, a prodigy who has been recruited to Long Island by American intelligence officials. There, the 16-year-old monitors chat rooms frequented by terrorists suspected of poisoning a water pipe in New Jersey, where two women have died and similar flulike symptoms have gripped three teens. With none of the book’s numerous vantage points delivering a terrorist’s point of view, the latest novel by Printz Honor winner Plum-Ucci is a bit one-dimensional, but matters are helped by the inclusion of Shahzad’s outsider’s perspective on American culture and by details that imply the multiethnic face of extremism.

James Bamford – The Shadow Factory

In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford’s important and disturbing new book about the NSA, we learn that as the general spoke, two of bin Laden’s men already had arrived on American soil and were taking flying lessons. We also learn that, contrary to the implication of Hayden’s testimony, the NSA was intercepting their communications. A few months earlier the huge agency, based at Fort Meade, Md., 27 miles outside of Washington, had begun surveillance of a bin Laden operations center in Sana’a, Yemen. This was not just another intercept: Bin Laden had declared war on the United States, his organization had bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the NSA had good reason to suspect that he was plotting more attacks. As the 9/11 Commission later established, U.S. intelligence officials knew that al-Qaeda had held a planning meeting in Malaysia, found out the names of two recruits who had been present — Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi — and suspected that one and maybe both of them had flown to Los Angeles. Bamford reveals that the NSA had been eavesdropping for months on their calls to Yemen, yet the agency “never made the effort” to trace where the calls originated.

William B Scott, Michael J Coumatos, William J Birnes – Counter Space

In Space Wars, Scott, Coumatos, and Birnes created a fascinating war gaming scenario of how World War III might unfold in above the Earth’s surface.  Now this thrilling team of writers reunites with Counterspace, an even more chilling fictionalized look at America’s most catastrophic fears.

What if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon in space and silenced dozens of satellites?

What if an Iranian missile threatened to destroy Israel, while a Venezuelan “research” satellite endangered one of the US’s most promising space initiatives?

What if tech-savvy terrorist cells unleashed back-to-back horrors in California, creating an avalanche of crises overnight, as national leaders robbed of spy satellite imagery were forced to make decisions in the “blind”?

Glenn Beck – Common Sense

“If you believe it’s time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all — then I ask you to read this book….”In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation’s problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America’s future — and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine’s powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government’s easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country.

Yeah, I do think it’s about time someone does an intervention on me here…that’s what 15 books in two weeks?  I’m REALLY starting to get backed up on finishing books.  I’ve only finished one book in the last two weeks, but I’ve started several more.  I’ve currently got 8 books on hold and forcing myself to finish a few before starting those.  I’m off work tomorrow (federal holiday) so maybe I’ll finish two or three that I’m currently reading and almost done with.

You know, if I spent more time actually reading these books instead of blogging about them, I may actually finish more than I am.  🙂  But then, you wouldn’t be able to read about them.  Or, if Amazon actually follows through with giving their Prime Members a free Kindle, I’d be able to maybe start buying them electronically and reading them when/where ever…

What, you haven’t heard about Amazon doing the free Kindle for Prime Members?

Well, hop on over to iClarified and read all about it.

Or, in he long run, I could just keep buying books and open up my own library.  🙂

What do y’all think?

Also, I’ll be updating my book list with these, so if you can’t find this post, you can always refer back to there.

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~ by Normanomicon on February 14, 2010.

3 Responses to “Books Books Books…”

  1. omg
    I’m checking out the Kindle for Prime Members.
    I can’t do an intervention on you. Can’t even save myself. LOL

    Shadow Factory and Gut Feelings—>TBR

  2. […] am so there. Thanks to the merciless Norman for the link.  Just when I think I’ve got Mt. TBR tamed, he shares his reading list. […]

  3. 🙂 Yeah, WAY too many books WAY not enough time and money…

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