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text 2017-01-18 02:47
Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

when you're young, you have an idea of what the world is. then you get older and start to deal with disturbing hints that maybe the world doesn't really work the way you thought. then you read books like this, and find out things are more rotten than you would have ever believed, everywhere, and always have been. but I'd rather keep reading, and know about all these pricks.

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text 2017-01-17 17:54
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

first chapter, eerie, disturbing: drone strike gone wrong.

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text 2017-01-16 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

nonfiction time, and I'm never far from a default preference for espionage-related books. I actually bumped into this one at the bookstore a while back, as I was looking for something else. I put it back and decided to pass. but I couldn't get it out of my mind, even as I was reading the graphic novel series DMZ. the next time I looked at Kill Chain--still not really excited about committing to it--a flip-through showed me it had artwork scattered throughout--and I don't mean dull artwork like what's on the cover; I even had a look at the title page and saw the notice "With Illustrations By Danijel Zezelj". well, there was a sign: Zezelj is a favorite comics artist of mine--and it was so weird that I just been enjoying some of his work guesting on DMZ! coincidence, or a  nudge by sneaky Fate?? who cares...more Zezelj artwork--no idea how it came about that he got tapped to provide artwork for a book about drones, of all things--and that's the clincher! now it's time to actually read the thing, and occasionally stop to admire the drawings. slick, Tigus-hooking move, publishers, or editors, or writer, whoever thought of it.

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text 2016-04-21 22:07
New Library Haul
AIDS in America - Susan Hunter,Alan Cumming
High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction - Sam Skolnik
High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health - Elizabeth Grossman
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil - Deborah Rodriguez
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America - Eugene Robinson
Bad Money by Phillips, Kevin (2009) Paperback - Kevin Phillips
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon Krakauer
Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude - Shannen Doherty
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Michael Lewis
Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us - Murray Carpenter

I had an hour to kill before my writing group meeting, and being without the kids, I could indulge in browsing the stacks.

 

I should definitely keep the kids close to me while at the library, as they get bored and whiny by the time I get to three books, so I never go overboard.

 

I seriously went overboard yesterday.

 

New books:

1. AIDS in America by Susan Hunter

         Weird pairing - Alan Cumming wrote the preface, Donald Trump wrote the forward. I think Americans today see AIDS as a chronic condition and not the epidemic it was in the 80s and early 90s. This book discusses just how wrong those assumptions are and the public health crisis brewing again.

 

2. High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction by Sam Skolnik.

          A different take on my new interest in exploring addictions.

 

3. High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health by Elizabeth Grossman

           This book called to me from a table top display promoting Earth week. Considering my husband and I are modest gadget people, this is a concern of mine.

 

4. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

            A woman with a humanitarian group goes to Afghanistan after the war starts in 2001. This is a memoir of her time there and the stories from the Afghani women she befriended.

 

5. Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson

          I know of Robinson due to his constant presence on Keith Oberman's "Countdown" show back in the early and mid 00s. I really liked to hear Robinson speak and his ideas, even when I disagreed with him.

 

6. Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips

          I am reading the updated version (2009). It is on the financial meltdown of 2006-2008 and the beginnings of President Obama's tenure. The blurb by Bill Moyers sealed my decision to pick this up.

 

7. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

           Finally getting around to reading this! the original.

 

8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

           Finally getting around to reading this! the sequel.

 

9. Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the right) Attitude by Shannen Doherty

             I admit to being a fan of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, although none of the "heart throbs" from that show was a crush of mine. I loved Doherty on that show and the seasons she portrayed Pru on Charmed. So when I came across this book, I had to pick it up.

 

10. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

            Because Overdrive is still showing The Big Short as unavailable/checked out, I decided to pick up something else by Lewis. Call it the movie effect, but I want to read all the books by Lewis. This books deals with electronic micro-day trading (aka flash trading) that has had more than a few hiccups that affected the stock markets.

 

11. Caffinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter

             Finally getting around to reading this! the trilogy.

 

Happy Reading.

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review 2015-05-02 00:00
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn Well written. Kept me engaged through the entire book. I knew some of the information in this book, but I had never heard so many of the problems with the military technology. I can't recommend this enough.
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