Brent Wigen

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Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
Be Cool is Elmore Leonard's sequel to Get Shorty, and is, as are all of Leonard's books, entertaining and easy to read.
Chili Palmer has made one blockbuster and one bomb. He's looking for a new movie idea when a former mob friend-turned music executive gets shot as the two are eating lunch in Hollywood. The ensuing action takes Chili into the music industry and all the drama, ego, and jealousy that exists within, all in search of a new script. Palmer takes on the management of an up-and-coming singer, upsetting her former manager, who spends most of the book trying to figure out how to kill Chili. Along the way, Chili has to deal with gangsta rappers, russian mobsters, a mafia hit… Read more
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journa&hellip by Bob Edwards
Bob Edwards' biography of Edward R. Murrow is by no means comprehensive, but considering the restricted format of the Turning Points in History series, Edwards did a very good job hitting the high points of the life of the man responsible for establishing radio and TV news.
Edwards recounts all the notable moments--sprinkled liberally with quotes from Murrow's broadcasts and speeches--of Murrow's career, including his coverage of the development of WWII in Europe and the Blitz of London, and in later years, his crusade against Senator Joe McCarthy's red-baiting efforts for rooting out Communists. The book is very interesting and well-written, and includes bits of information about all… Read more
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Evere&hellip by Jon Krakauer
It's hard to use superlatives when talking about such a tragic story, but Jon Krakauer's account of his journey up Mt. Everest in May of 1996 is a wonderful piece of writing. From start to finish, this book is fantastic, compelling reading.
In 1996, Krakauer was a writer for Outside Magazine, and had been sent on an expedition to climb Everest. An experienced climber, Krakauer joined a team full of climbers of varous skill levels and led by Rob Hall, the most reputable guide in the business, for his journey up the mountain and summit attempt on May 10. When the following day came, Krakauer found that several of his companions (including--eventually--Hall) were dead, and the… Read more