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Recommended Readings (December 2012)

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!

John -Adams

John Adams, by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, 2001 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan
The Pulitzer prize-winning John Adams may be the perfect book to read in this, an election year.  While certainly a history book, as the 67 pages of notes and bibliography attest, John Adams is, perhaps more importantly, a story of relationships. 

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A-Magnificent -Catastrophe 50

A Magnificent Catastrophe, The Tumultuous Election of 1800, by Edward J. Larson, Free Press, 2007 - Reviewed by George W. Geib

Bitterly contested Presidential elections are almost as old as the American republic.  Edward Larson builds a strong case that the John Adams -Thomas  Jefferson contest of 1800 introduced many of the features that we now take for granted in national campaigns.  
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The -Black -Box 50

The Black Box, by Michael Connelly, Little, Brown 2012 - Reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

This new entry in Connelly's Harry Bosch series follows the always productive formula: Bosch's unwavering commitment to the principle that every homicide victim matters carries him beyond usual police procedures and into conflict with the bureaucratic politics of the LAPD. As in the previous book in the series, Bosch is on special retirement-transition status, and he is working cold cases.
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Complications 50

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande, Picador, 2003 - Reviewed by William Johnston

Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is an extraordinarily interesting non-fiction account.  The title says it all-Gawande's thesis promotes the idea that diagnoses and surgical procedures in medical science aren't the clear-cut practices that hospitals and the medical profession often make them out to be. 
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