David J. Gannon

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (81 of 98)
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
In My Own Words:
Frequent flyer, voracious reader.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 285,475 - Total Helpful Votes: 81 of 98
The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage by Frederick P. Hitz
The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage by Frederick P. Hitz is, essentially, a comparative analysis. Hitz, a longtime actual spook at the CIA compares and contrasts various actual spies (Aldrich Ames, Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, etc.) life and professional histories with the writings and characters of highly regarded and well known fictional stories and spies-( John Le Carre, Tom Clancy).
Overall, the book is a great disappointment. While there is the occasional nugget of info that piques ones interest, on the whole the exercise generates conclusions that dash between the obvious to the trite.
That in itself would be disappointing enough. The real problem here is that… Read more
The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Basebal&hellip by Michael Mandelbaum
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Michael Mandelbaum is not a sports writer. He's part of the Washington foreign policy establishment and a professor of International studies at Johns Hopkins University. So, while he is an academic he's neither an anthropologist nor a social historian. He is, obviously, an ardent sports fan. Knowing these facts helps to understand both why this book works and why it fails.
The book works superbly as an historical analysis. Even dedicated sports fans of the Big Three (football, baseball and basketball) will learn quite a bit about the development of their favorite sports as well as about the titans of the games that whose accomplishments fueled their growth. He also provides some… Read more
Between Two Rivers: A Novel by Nicholas Rinaldi
Between Two Rivers: A Novel by Nicholas Rinaldi
Between Two Rivers : A Novel is Nicholas Rinaldi's third novel. I thought his previous novel, The Jukebox Queen of Malta, was one of the better books of the year in 2000.
Rinaldi has followed up that success with another blockbuster novel. Set in a Battery Park condo, Between Two Rivers is an expertly woven quilt of a novel that brilliantly illuminates the subtle bonds that develop between people who, by chance or by choice, happen to live together.
The story revolves around one Farro Fescu, the inimitable Romanian concierge, who watches with keen eyes the comings and goings of the intriguing inhabitants of Echo Terrace, as the building is called. The building's name itself… Read more