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Recommended Readings (Dec. 2009)

Need a good book? Take a look at the recommendations below. This page is designed to highlight readings suggested by people in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We've created this site because expressing our enthusiasm for a favorite book is a wonderful way to share ideas, to stimulate discussion, and to simply embrace a love of reading. We hope you will find this useful in your search for a good book!


The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice, and Personal Responsibility by Cheyney Ryan, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Reviewed by Harry van der Linden

In The Chickenhawk Syndrome, author Cheyney Ryan argues that we are living in a time of alienated wars.  The American public typically readily supports its political leaders . . .
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Hardscrabble by Kevin McFadden, University of Georgia Press, 2008 - Reviewed by Chris Bungard

Kevin McFadden's  latest collection of poems, Hardscrabble, draws connections between simple American life and the language of the people between . . .
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The Likeness by Tana French, Penguin (Non-Classics), 2009 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Has anyone ever told you that you look just like someone else? It seems to be an urban legend that everyone has a double - that's the underlying premise of Tana French's second novel, in which a protagonist from her Edgar-award winning first novel, . . .
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon and Schuster, 2006 - Reviewed by Dick McGowan

My son, a history major, gave me this book and said, "Dad, this is the best history book I've ever read."   He has good judgment.
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