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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains
by Jon Krakauer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got vertigo reading this, Nov. 9 2003
I've read three of Krakauer's books including this one. Into Thin Air is eclipsed by Kenneth Kamler's Doctor On Everest, but Krakauer's own Under The Banner Of Heaven and Eiger Dreams are in a class by themselves. I have never had a fear of heights, but the stories in this book, particularly the one of his climb of the Devil's Thumb, a volcanic chimney in Alaska, lifting hundreds of feet into thin air is perhaps one of the most evocative pieces of writing I've ever read. If you are fascinated by mountins and the madmen and crazy women who climb them, this is your book. Either it will make you drop everything and head for the high remote places of the world, or render you at least sane enough to say, "I think I'll take my adventure in another way." Say in some weird polygamous community in southern Utah or northern Arizona. Krakauer knows mountains, and he knows how to take us with him, shaking, sweating and not daring look down, up a shear, icy face. This is great outdoor adventure writing. Highly recommended. wfh

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
by Al Franken
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al Franken - American hero, Sept. 10 2003
Al Franken, with this book and its place at the top of best seller lists, has done something that I was despairing of ever happening again - he has restored my faith in the good sense of the American people. Franken, while one of the funniest men in the lower forty-eight states, perhaps in all fifty, uses humor in the same way Will Rogers once did: To make very serious points about our politics, our popular culture, and the lying liars who have dominated both for the past decade and almost destroyed our country. Al, ever irreverent, insoucient and at times side-aplittingly funny, has done his counrty a great service. This is a funny, funny book. But what he is writing about is anything but funny. It is funny in the same way Chaplin's Great Dictator was funny by poking fun at a terribly unfunny group of people. Perhaps the most unfunny chapter starts on page 104 and details with stark clarity the treasonous malfeasance of George W. Bush and his administration that led unerringly to 9/11 and much that has come since. A recent Nobel prize-winner in economics made the statement printed first in the German press and given wide circulation in Europe that Geogre W. Bush has been the worst president of the United States of all who have ever held that office. Franken instructs us in why this is true and how it all came to be. This is probably the most important book published in 2003, and certainly should be a compulsive read for every Independant and Democratic voter before the 2004 national elections. Al Franken, I love you. wfh

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