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BOOK REVIEW: Recent events are made to feel like a Hollywood thrill-ride movie in “Double Down: Game Change 2012” (ISBN 9781594204401) a look at the 2012 presidential election from "Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Spoiler Alert: the book has a happy ending.
BOOK REVIEW: Techno thrillers have got nothing on this true-life account of the United States' misadventures with nuclear weaponry. There is genuine heart-in-your-throat suspense in Eric Schlosser's accounting of the big hits and near-misses during the past half-century of the nuclear age. Just a few pages into "Command and Control" (ISBN 978-1-59420-227-8) a Titan II missile begins leaking fuel inside its launch silo and The Scare begins to wrap itself around you.
BOOK REVIEW: Joseph P. Kennedy was a curious mixture of good and bad: sometimes a hero but oft-times a scoundrel. His incredible life gets a close examination from writer-teacher-historian David Nasaw in "The Patriarch" (ISBN: 978-1-59420-376-3). The dichotomies pile atop one another in a fascinating portrait.