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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
"Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow is a great look at a Alexander Hamilton's life, one of the most important lives in American history. Chernow is a talented writer and keeps the book flowing steadily, making a rather lengthy book interesting throughout. He is definitely a fan of Hamilton and throughout the book he makes a case that Hamilton, due to his death at a young age leaving his opponents years to tarnish his image, has been unfairly downplayed from his deserved status in American history. Chernow's case is strong, and it is hard not to finish this book with a negative impression of Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams' behavior towards Hamilton during and after his… Read more
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" was first published in 1987, but 16 years later it is still the best parody of the political and social scene in New York City. Combining his everyday, "fly-over country"-style conservatism with his keen wit, Wolfe lays out a story that sends characters crashing into one another from all socioeconomic levels across the Big Apple.
Sherman McCoy, a stereotypical, ego-maniacal bond-trader, is Wolfe's typical protagonist. The main plot starts when McCoy and his mistress, Maria Ruskin, take a wrong turn returning from Kennedy airport one night, leaving them lost in a bad neighborhood in the Bronx. This is where they cross paths with Henry Lamb, a… Read more
Islam and the Cross: Selections from "The Apostle &hellip by Samuel Marinus Zwemer
"Islam and the Cross" was not exactly what I expected it to be, but I ended up appreciating it more for that reason. I was expecting more of a book on Christian answers to common Muslim challenges. Instead, I found myself reading a book that is simply an introduction to some areas of Islam and the Muslim world that any Christian (especially Western Christians) should know, yet a book that is very light on apologetics.
One of the things I really respected about this book was the obvious care and love Samuel Zwemer had for the souls of Muslims. Many Christians in the public forum today take an approach to Islam that is either too watered down in its Christian theology or one… Read more