Review of Indestructible

Review of Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII by John R. Bruning Rating ***** Indestructible is the remarkable story of the air campaign in the Philippines during WWII as told through the eyes of one family. Specifically, it is the story of Paul Irvin Gunn and his family after they […]

Review of When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Rating ***** It’s not  often that I call a book profound, but this book fits the bill. This is the story of a neurosurgeon, in his thirties, who learns that he has terminal cancer. It’s a memoir both about saving lives and loss of life. As a neurosurgeon, the author […]

Review of Adnan’s Story

Review of Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaudry Rating ***** Like anyone who paid any attention to the news a few years back, I heard about the podcast Serial. The podcast was downloaded over 150,000,000 times. The podcast told the story of a murder, conviction, and possible wrongful […]

Review of 23 7

Review of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and The Rise of Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter Rating ***** Solitary confinement. Isolation. Supermax prisons. No matter what you call it, it’s inhumane to keep someone in total isolation for months, years, and decades with little or no human contact. This book provides a detailed history of how […]

Review of Who Killed These Girls?

Review of Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry Rating ***** How is it that so many supposed professionals can look at a confession that has every indication of being coerced continue with a prosecution? It’s unbelievable to me that so many detectives, prosecutors, district attorneys, judges, and jurors can be so incompetent that they […]

Review of Hillbilly Elegy

Review of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Rating ***** In some ways, this memoir is a cautionary tale. Some might say that it is prescient in the way it accurately portrayed today’s political climate. I would recommend it to anyone who believes that the problems facing America were the fault of the current administration and […]

A Whispersync deal

Review of Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range Rating **** Since discovering Whispersync, I’ve found myself gravitating toward books available in both eBook and audio. Amazon already offers the Audible narration at a reduced price once you purchase the eBook. The book Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range along […]

Review of American Pain

Review of American Pain by John Temple Rating ***** I was aware that there was an opium epidemic, but I didn’t know the specifics of how, when, and where it all started. This book was an eye opener. My ill-informed view of the opium problem was that people who were addicted to pain medication were […]

Review of Similar Transactions

Review of Similar Transactions by S.R. Reynolds. Rating ***** Similar Transactions tells the true story of serial rapist Larry Lee Smith, who preyed on adolescent girls. The author, Sasha Reynolds, became interested in learning more about Larry Lee Smith after he became a suspect in the murder of one of her son’s classmates. As the […]

Review of Evicted

Review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond Rating **** 1/2 Evicted is an unflinching look at poverty in America. The author follows several families as they deal with a multitude of problems from health and mental issues to the compounding problems associated with eviction. The events described in this book take place in 2008 and 2009, […]

Review of Failure of Justice

Review of Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions by John Ferak Rating ***** Most people are of the belief that no one would ever confess to a crime they did not commit. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of innocent people have served time or are currently serving time as a result […]

Review of We Are Not Such Things

Review of We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation by Justine van der Leun Rating **** I received an advance review copy of this book. At first glance, the title We Are Not Such Things does not shed a great […]

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I’m always on the lookout for great books at great prices. Finding those books is another matter. I recently learned of a new site that hopes to help in the discovery process by sending subscribers once a week e-mails with the latest eBook offers. The service is free. Just subscribe to the Book Swag email […]

Keith Giammanco the Boonie Hat Bandit

Review of Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit written by Keith and Caroline Giammanco Rating **** I have written extensively about the criminal justice system on this site. Most of the time I am writing about wrongful convictions. This story is unlike any of the others that I have covered. That’s […]

Review of The Inconsequential Child

Review of The Inconsequential Child by Anthony Martino Rating **1/2 I don’t normally read this type of book. I seldom review self help books. But I was approached by someone representing the author (who used a pseudonym to write the book) to take a look. So after finishing the book I was faced with a […]