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October 22, 2009
Otis Young unearths Mitch Horowitz's "Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation," an exploration of the less mainstream beliefs that have woven through American culture since before the Revolutionary War. Charles Stephen kicks back with "Seven Pleasures: Essays on... more››
October 1, 2009
Charles Stephen peruses "Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536" by James Reston Jr., the story of Islam's greatest incursion into Europe when the Ottoman and Holy Roman Empires clashed in Austria and Hungary. Otis Young corners "Castle," a... more››
September 24, 2009
Otis Young reviews "The Shack," an unusual novel by William Paul Young in which a man whose child was kidnapped finds peace with loss at the scene where she may have been murdered. Charles Stephen reviews "The Water's Edge," an intelligent crime novel from Norway by Karin Fossum. Charles then tilts... more››
September 17, 2009
Otis Young summarizes and reviews "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright. This book traces the history of western belief in God and the concept that religions have evolved and become better. Also reviewed, by Charles Stephen, is the final crime novel by the late Donald E Westlake, "Get Real."
September 16, 2009
Charles Stephen delves into Peter Martin's "Samuel Johnson: A Biography," perhaps the most comprehensive account of the famous 18th century author's life. Stephen also takes a quick look at historical thriller "The Brothers Boswell" by Philip Baruth. Otis Young explores "Bridge of Sand" by Janet... more››
September 16, 2009
Otis Young reviews "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" a book by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who recounts the massive stroke she suffered--and her decade-long recovery. Charles Stephen discusses "The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World," by Paul... more››
September 16, 2009
Charles Stephen reviews "In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan" by Seth G Jones. The noted authority on Afghanistan offers both the history of US foreign policy towards the country and suggestions for the future. Otis Young does the honors for "The Eleventh Victim" by CNN host... more››
August 20, 2009
Otis Young reviews "Losing My Religion" by former LA Times religion reporter William Lobdell, who recounts the story of how he became a Protestant evangelical, nearly accepted Catholicism, and finally rejected religion altogether. Young also reviews "A Bride in the Bargain," by Deeanne Gist. In... more››
August 20, 2009
Charles Stephen wades into "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America" by Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith, an historic tale of courage, survival, and escape. Otis Young then unlocks "Wanting" by Richard Flanagan, a narrative interweaving events from... more››
August 6, 2009
Otis Young takes on "The Myth of American Exceptionalism" by Godfrey Hodgson, a cutting but fair critique of the modern US's self-image. Young also evaluates Richard A Posner's "A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression," one of the first comprehensive books... more››