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by John Nixon
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Tue Jan 24th, 2017

Do we need another book to add to the already extensive library devoted to the Iraq War?  This one adds first-hand testimony from a CIA analyst whose brief was Saddam Hussein, the principal target of a war that began in 2003 and may not yet be over some 14 years later.  


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Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Fri Dec 2nd, 2016

Do you have a friend who enjoys satire? If you do, this short novel may be the perfect gift. The novel takes its cue from Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy (1767 ). Although not as obscure as Sterne’s book, American readers might be a little challenged to identify some of the...

Translated from the Italian by John Cullen
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Mon Nov 14th, 2016

One of Italy’s hottest female novelists tells a moving tale on a simple plot line; it nevertheless holds the reader through pages of detail that can be tiresome and easily skipped over.  She uses the devise of interior monologue which is told to the first person’s daughter.  The teller...

by John Hall
A Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back
Tue Nov 8th, 2016

You might remember him as the man who beat Sue Kelly and went to Congress with more than a bit of Rock’n Roll in his background.   He had been with the band Orleans and wrote the song “Still the One” that was used by George W. Bush as a theme song for his 2004 campaign.    That...