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Great books I'm reading in 2012 (List 1 of 3)

M. Heiss
The list author says: "I read for fun; this is what I'm up to these days. This is a running list."
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Books of Wonder)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Books of Wonder)
"Great book, made evenbetter by Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations."
Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"Entertaining, even for adults."
Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
"Pure goodness."
The End of Sparta: A Novel
The End of Sparta: A Novel
Sayers: My Life and Times
Sayers: My Life and Times
"Fun read about an American role model, on and off the field."
It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers)
It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers)
"Not as good as book 1 and 2; still really good.  4 stars"
The Great Fire
The Great Fire
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
"sad."
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon
"Wonderful turns of phrase -- insightful framing of the issues.  Subject matter geared toward Be Prepared."
The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
"Phew!  It's an extrovert's world."
Child of Dandelions
Child of Dandelions
"atrocities under Idi Amin"
Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reaga n
Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reaga n
"ummm, yeah.  1 star.  Hagiography."
Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra
Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra
"Skip this.  It should have been interesting, but it wasn't.  Read "Lost In Shangri-La" instead."
To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1)
To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1)
Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
"4 stars"
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
"Be Here Now. Accidents must happen."
Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
A Simple Plan
A Simple Plan
"Stunning. The best book I've read so far in 2012."
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
"Pablo Escobar -- bad guy"
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
"A re-read -- I haven't read this since 1995 or 1996."
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
"inspirational -- moves right along -- Metaxas has a good sense of humor and and excellent sense of timing."
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
"Oh for goodness sakes. "A Story of Violent Faith" So of course, I'm impressed that some western person has been curious enough to look into a "violent faith" and accurately report on the inhuman practices of Islam. No, this book is not about Islam.  It's about the offshoot-Mormons. Real courageous there, Krakauer."
Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog
Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog
Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
"contradictory -- was Che the monster responsible for murdering thousands upon thousands of homosexuals and dissenters, or was he the arrogant gasbag who exaggerated everything about himself and failed at every undertaking?  He certainly died a coward."
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
"Cold turkey"
Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics)
Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics)
"Easier reading than I thought it would be.  Government as it is instituted serves some or most of the needs of the people.  Why overthrow EVRYTHING about the old customs in order to produce change? Against violent fanatacism and heaven-on-earth utopianism."
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World)
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World)
"How far the mighty fall. Paine refuses to condemn even the most hideous atrocities of the French Revolution, and indeed, imagines that other countries should applaud and emulate them. Was he secretly paid by the National Assembly to produce this?  One must wonder."
Man and Machine: The Best Of Stephan Wilkinson
Man and Machine: The Best Of Stephan Wilkinson
"New respect for military pilots and their machines"
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
"Bahala Na."
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him
Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him
"This was a let-down.  repetitive writing and repetitive writing and repetitive writing."
Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America
Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America
"Not very entertaining -- this was a letdown."
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
"Excellent"
Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late
Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late
"Didactic."
Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind
Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind
"Hilarious.  Absolutely perfect metaphor for the 2008 Obama Campaign."