Non-Fiction

Book reviews on non-fiction books.

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    My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats and a Fine Fiddle

    A solid work that provides ample opportunity for the reader to open his mind

    Book Review - Bible Bullies

    How Fundamentalists Got The Good Book So Wrong

    A book of Arab proverbs that gives readers a peek into the Arab world.

    A look at the monetary crisis

    Review of Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts

    When I saw the title of this book, it was one I had to read. Yes, I lived through this time in history but wanted to know much more about what happened before, during and after November 22, 1963.

    Even though I was quite familiar with some of the facts of the assassination of President Lincoln, I did not know much about what all transpired beforehand.

    "Burning for Freedom" by Anurupa Cinar tells the life story of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (May 28, 1883-February 26, 1966). Savarkar, a Brahmin Hindu, was a key freedom fighter who helped liberate India from being under British Rule. He is responsible for creating a secret revolutionary society known as Abhinav Bharat whose influence spread throughout India. Savarkar’s efforts caused him to be imprisoned by the British for many years at the brutal Cellular Jail. During his time spent there Savarkar was treated inhumanely, like many of the other political prisoners who were also imprisoned there. Refusing to be beaten down and give up on India gaining her freedom, Savarkar could not be defeated. He felt that while India was under the rule of the British Empire, his people were enslaved because they had no constitution or rights with which they could be protected.

    Against the backdrop of his most haunting, high-profile murder and child abuse cases, a veteran prosecutor goes beyond an insider's reflection to shine a light on the humanlike qualities personified in the U.S. criminal justice system and what this means for our future. "The Humanity of Justice," by Burke Strunsky is a procedural true-crime book told through the eyes and heart of a veteran criminal prosecutor who cares about the people he meets and their life-altering circumstances. Burke E. Strunsky, a senior deputy district attorney in southern California, takes the reader inside the courtroom for some of the most haunting criminal cases in the state as well as the nation, including: a highly respected church leader who brutally murders his wife for the insurance money while their baby sleeps peacefully in another room; a twisted father who sexually molests his daughter's own friends at her slumber parties; a former police chief who drowns his wife of thirty years in their backyard spa; and a young man who sadistically tortures and kills a helpless three-year-old boy, yet manages to dodge the death penalty.

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