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December 12, 2006
Winter Reading List

Posted by Bill

I've been remiss in not promoting recently published books written by several friends of this site. In my defense, I haven't had time to read them due to my impending trip. That said, all three authors are respected bloggers and superb writers & editors, so I have no hesitation issuing a recommendation.

*** First up, a novel by Arthur Chrenkoff, he of the groundbreaking and invaluable "Good News from Iraq" round-ups: Night Trains:

Martin is an ordinary Australian twenty-something, whose comfortable, well-ordered life gets turned on its head when he starts seeing and hearing things each night at the nearby semi-deserted railway yards: mysterious lights, people who disappear when followed, steam trains that aren't supposed to be there. Taken to the edge of sanity, Martin eventually learns that he is to ride the "night trains" every night back to wartime Europe to rescue Jews and help the resistance. But before the war ends, Martin will have to confront his SS nemesis, save the woman he loves, and face a terrible secret from the past that can destroy him before he can accomplish his mission.

Schindler's List meets the Polar Express. Very cool.

*** Next is Voting to Kill, Jim Geraghty's explanation for GOP political ascendance after 9-11:

Geraghty made his mark blogging coverage of the Kerry presidential campaign for National Review. In this insightful book, he deconstructs all the theories about Republican popularity as part of a craving for family values and focuses on what he considers the real issue: national security and safety in the face of terrorist threats. Americans favor a political party they think will not hesitate to kill terrorists. Drawing on recollections by ordinary Americans of the fear they felt on 9/11 as they faced the harrowing choice of which child to pick up from school first, Geraghty believes this fear created "Security Moms and Dads" singularly focused on safety who believe that Republicans are most likely to deliver on that issue.

Even in today's dim political environment for the GOP, Jim's thesis is sound. For example:

[F]ewer than 1 in 5 have "a great deal" of trust in Bush to "recommend the right thing" for the United States to do in Iraq.

Confidence in Democratic congressional leaders to chart the proper course is even lower, at 14%.

*** And finally, Blog of War, written by various bloggers on the front lines of the Long War and edited by Blackfive:

"Exciting, entertaining...and insightful; this book breaks new ground and allows us to get a better understanding of what is happening and has happened in our current war...The book is destined to set a trend for other blogger books as this one certainly leads the way with an excellent telling of our experiences in this current war. This will be a hard act to follow for the others! The Military Writer’s Society of America (MWSA) gives this book its highest rating of FIVE STARS." - Bill McDonald, President, MWSA

I can't sell it any better than that.

Congrats and well done to the 'sphere's newly minted authors.

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I'm surprised you didn't mention Dean Esmay's book. I've been reading it and it's not bad. Not great, but a decent read.

Posted by: Veeshir at December 12, 2006 02:28 PM

Ack! Forgot! I'll give him a whole post soon.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at December 12, 2006 03:18 PM

While I'm plugging books, what about FrnakJ's Chronicles of Dubya?
I've ordered it but haven't received it yet, but I think it's just a compilation of In My World's and so should be very farging funny.

Posted by: Veeshir at December 13, 2006 03:02 PM

I can second the recommendation on Night Trains and Blog of War. I read both, the first for escapism the second for realism. Both are more than worth the money and time.

Posted by: Retread [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2006 05:46 PM



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