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Great books I'm reading in 2011 (part 1 of 2)

M. Heiss
The list author says: "This list is closed. Also see part 2."
Down The Great Unknown - John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey Of Discovery And Tragedy Through The Grand Canyon
Down The Great Unknown - John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey Of Discovery And Tragedy Through The Grand Canyon
"Interesting.  Funny.  Spell-binding.  Thrilling."
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
"Makes you smarter."
Prisoner of Mao
Prisoner of Mao
"They break you down."
House to House: A Soldier's Memoir
House to House: A Soldier's Memoir
"Powerful story, mediocre writing."
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
"Get this from the library -- not as many color photographs of the modern parks as there should be. This should be a pin-up book.  It's not."
Researches, concerning the institutions & monuments of the ancient inhabitants of America : with descriptions and views of some of the most striking scenes in the Cordilleras! [FACSIMILE]
Researches, concerning the institutions & monuments of the ancient inhabitants of America : with descriptions and views of some of the most striking scenes in the Cordilleras! [FACSIMILE]
"I've been waiting to read this for a couple of years.  It was excellent!"
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
"Hmmm.  I don't get this guy."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"Thank you, WWII veterans.  Pacific theater horror/hero story."
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
"womanish writing -- too many adverbs --not terrific"
Bridges: The Spans of North America
Bridges: The Spans of North America
"beautiful black and white photography"
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting
"surprisingly good.  Stays with you."
The Dreamer (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers)
The Dreamer (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers)
"This came highly recommended, but it wasn't all that great.  The peotic language helped, and some of his poems are included in the end.  Stepmother is the best character."
Flawed Dogs: the Novel: The Shocking Raid on Westminster
Flawed Dogs: the Novel: The Shocking Raid on Westminster
"So much better than "Rescuing Sprite" by Mark Levin."
The Iron Ring
The Iron Ring
"Unforgettable story -- epic quest.  This cover makes it look like a child's book.  It's all ages."
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
"Shines a spotlight on the "terrorist arm of the Democratic party".  Well-researched."
South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias
South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias
"Funny.  Needs an update."
Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and
Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and
"No big surprises -- mostly statistics and self-reporting demonstrate Schweizer's point"
Nashville Chrome
Nashville Chrome
"Brighten the corner where you are -- this book didn't."
Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
"Better than his "In Praise of Prejudice" -- very readable.  Lots of interview outtakes."
Decision Points
Decision Points
"first two chapter very likable and funny -- the rest plods along."
Mill
Mill
"top-notch technical illustrations"
Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism
Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism
"The left should be for individual rights. The left should be for truth. This book makes it clear."
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
"Surviving the gulag in the 1940's -- turning evil to good"
The Lady or the Tiger? (Creative Classic Series)
The Lady or the Tiger? (Creative Classic Series)
"Go ahead, re-read it."
The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
"Liked it.  Does for the Rosetta Stone what "The Professor and the Madman" did for the OED -- personalizes it and tells its story."
Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
"Explores the morality of violent revolution."
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
"Wow."
The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel (Earth's Children)
The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel (Earth's Children)
"a disappointment"
Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History (The Penguin History of American Life)
Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History (The Penguin History of American Life)
"4 perspectives on one historical incident.  Racial confusion and antipathy is not news in Arizona."
Uncertain Endings: The World's Greatest Unsolved Mystery Stories
Uncertain Endings: The World's Greatest Unsolved Mystery Stories
"Wow!  Read these slowly.  Great for long car rides -- talk out the endings together."
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
"Very poor scholarship. Thesis:  When disaster strikes, do not wait for government.  Do not trust what your government tells you.  Protect your own."
Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies
Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies
"Goes case by case.  Interesting reading for me, a cold war kid."
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
"Wow.  This makes me want to go see Little Bighorn, one of "the most hauntingly beautiful valleys in the world." Rehabilitates just about everyone involved in the battle."
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
"This already seems outdated and stale.  Life moves fast. New Media."
Daily Life during the Indian Wars
Daily Life during the Indian Wars
"When Stalin does it to the Ukraine, it is part of the glorious revolution and the pathway to the future.  When the Khmer Rouge does it to Cambodia, it is covered over.  Can't make a workers' paradise omelet without breaking a few bourgeois eggs, right? When Uncle Sam does it to the Indians, no such excuses. Ridiculous book."
A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West
A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West
"Try "The Last Stand" by Nathaniel Philbrick instead."
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
"mercilessly funny.  skewers city-liberals and all their smug vanity...their vulgarity... their self-absorption...  their immoral relativism."
From the Jaws of Death: Extreme True Adventures of Man vs. Nature
From the Jaws of Death: Extreme True Adventures of Man vs. Nature
"Wow!  Survival against all odds.  Teens and up -- adrenaline."