Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

Hunter Thompson’s focus on detail brings 1972 right back into the crosshairs. George McGovern & George Wallace lined up facing Dick Nixon & Ed Muskie on a line of scrimmage defined by discontent and lack of trust in politicians. The fun, gonzo style is there too, but it is not the main event. Hunter’s insights into national politics are as valuable today as they were in 1972.

The Martian

The Martian – Andy Weir

Potato farming in outer space for fun and survival. Keeps the pages turning, one potato at a time. Don’t act surprised about the happy ending. If it didn’t have a happy ending the book wouldn’t have sold and the movie would never have gotten a green light. Enjoy!

PT 109

PT 109 – William Doyle

An American epic of war, survival, and the destiny of John F. Kennedy. JFK’s hero story about having your boat run clean through by a destroyer in the middle of the night and most of the crew survives the experience. A big crunch. Lots of swimming. A coconut message. Jack Kennedy led them home. Inspiring.

Rat Pack Confidential

Rat Pack Confidential – Shawn Levy

More depth and less tabloid frenzy than you might expect from a book with this title. But it’s all there: selfishness and debauchery, mobbed-up Vegas, life in the 60s fast lane. Sinatra was at the heart of the web, with Dean, Sammy, and a couple of losers hanging out for kicks. Sinatra was doing all the kicking. A fun, easy read that opens the doors to 60s history for those who weren’t there.