This started with my Wine Book Library. People regularly ask me where they can learn more about wine. A fine wine-book library is almost as rewarding as a fine wine library. On that page is a selection of wine and wine-country related books from my library. Below are other books I've read recently that I hope you find as useful and entertaining I did! Then came Ricks (book) Libraryfollowed by myBusiness Book Library and now video favorites - Videos, Movies, and TV favorites.
Author - Title - Comments - Rating - (Click on book jacket images for full view.)
Lloyd Wright: The Man who Played with Blocks, A Short Illustrated Biography
(Adventures with Architects) (Volume 1) by
Leslie M Freudenheim(Author),
Pia Licciardi Abate(Author) Featuring some of Rick McNees' (my) photography of Frank Lloyd Wright
“Out of every score of books on Frank Lloyd Wright, usually only one is
worth reading. This is one.” William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, A
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
By David McCullough
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
By David McCullough
Super Crunchers Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
By Ian Ayres
The One Percent Doctrine Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies Since 9/11
By Ron Suskind
The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford
Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander By Gary Bernstein
The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam(and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
Securing the City
Inside America's Best Counter-terror Force--The NYPD
By Christopher Dickey
Outliers By Malcom Gladwell
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity By Bill O'Reilly Another best-seller from the #1 cable news show host. Amazing how the liberal media have moved soooo far left that the center is now seen as the right! Bill O'Reilly's Memoir shares life's experiences and explains how they shaped his views and perspectives and his approach to life and the culture war that envelopes us all. Entertaining and thought provoking reading for thinking people.
Dark Tide By Andrew Gross Thanks Andrew for the Acknowledgement! Well done on weaving my work and our product into the complex and intruiguing plot - it works and I got it. You exceeded my expectation with the suspense and intrigue - and it just kept coming. I read it in one sitting! It'll make a great movie. I look forward to meeting up for dinner when you come to town for the book tour! Well done!
Unhinged By Michelle Malkin Wow, not for the feint of heart! No punches held here. Regnery Publishing's review; Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation’s health. They’re slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush. And they call us crazy?
In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington. Unhinged unmasks liberals who’ve completely abandoned rationality and reality. They’re taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops. With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here."
Quiet Strength By Tony Dungy
Touching autobiography of the NFL head coach Tony Dungy and the role God and his faith play in his life - guiding his journey to triumph of winning the Super Bowl, and supporting him through family tragedy. His devotion guides his daily life in his family, friendships and his leadership of gifted athletes and coaches. Website.
Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Aida D. Donald
Charlie Wilson's War By George Crile
The extraordinary true story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed recent modern history. Basis for the major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts that was a fair and relatively faithful albeit limited depiction of the book.
The Quest for Absolute Security: The Failed Relations Among U.S. Intelligence Agencies
Devil in the White City By Eric Larson
Fascinating, horrific, spell-binding, incredible tale of the magnificent Chicago world's fair in 1893, and an underlying true horror story that played out in its shadows.
Culture Warrior By Bill O'Reilly Love him or hate him, one can't deny we are at war and Bill O'Reilly is defining the battle lines with his highest rated television news program and its 'no-spin zone'. O'Reilly spells out the cultural war that is playing out around us. If you're an O'Reilly watcher, then you know the story as the book essentially replays the theme and backdrop of his highly acclaimed show. From the team that arguably practices and sets the standard for 'fair and balanced', this is a must read for the thinking person of our time.
The Innocent Man By John Grisham - John Grisham Official Site John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.
"If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you." - from the jacket.
Killing Pablo:The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History By Mark Bowden
Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter
Wilderness of Mirrors by David C. Martin, 1980
Basis for the movie - "The Good Shepherd", produced and directed by Robert DiNiro, starring Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin. Friend and former CIA executive Jon Monett appeared in a minor role but served as technical advisor to the project.
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
How Soccer Explains The World by Franklin Foer
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink also by Malcolm Gladwell
It took 16 years for Enron to grow into a trading colossus. The company dominated markets with $60 billion in assets. It came apart in ... 24 Days by Rebecca Smith and John Emshwiller of the Wall Street Journal
1776 by David McCullough
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke
Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward
Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America by Ashton B. Carter & William J. Perry
Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism By Thomas L. Friedman
A collection of Friedman's columns from the New York Times, pre and post 9/11/2001. An introspection on events and how they came to be. Thought provoking perspectives on the new world order, or lack thereof. Not light reading but divided into numerous bite size chunks for easier handling.
Body of Secrets : Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency By James Bamford
Insights into the ultra-sophisticated super secret National Security Agency and its ability to monitor worldwide communications to track down territories, spies, and other enemies of the state. See 20th centure history from a new and insightful perspective.
The Art and Spirit of K. P. Singh Selected Drawings and Writings By K. P. Singh
Collection of intricate masterful drawings of buildings and cityscapes from around the globe and particularly Indiana by this Indianapolis resident artist and author and friend of dear friends. I had the opportunity to attend this gala launch release recently at Butler University.
Secrets of the Koran Revealing Insight into Islam’s Holy Book By Don Richardson
Forget all those evening news sound bites or diplomatically correct half-truths about the Koran and the religion of Islam. If you want to know what the Koran is really about, you have to know what it really says.
God's Promise to the Chinese Dr. Ethel Neison, RIchard E. Broadberry, & Ginger Tong Chock
This book shows new light on the origin of the Chinese writing system. Readers will learn that the Chinese incorporated an unusual knowledge of sacred history into their unique writing system.
The Laundrymen Jeffrey Robinson
The Hot Zone - A Terrifying True Story By Richard Preston
Stephen King, the horror novelist says it best, "One of the most horrifying things I've ever read." And the scary thing is that it's a true story!
Franklin and Winston : An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship By Jon Meacham
Books by Joseph E. Persico
Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Benjamin Franklin By Edmund Sears Morgan
Benjamin Franklin : An American Life By Walter Isaacson
John Adams By David McCullough
Wonderful biography of this most overlook founding father, provides great insights into our country's founding, and the other notable figures of they day.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph J. Ellis
America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918 By Richard Brookhiser
Jefferson By Saul K Padover
Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain's Potential By Richard, MD Restak
If sis Dr. Pat bought this for me to drive me crazy, she succeeded! I can't take more than one chapter at a sitting - the brain teasers make your brain hurt.. but then you can't get them out of our mind! #@&*%$#@!.
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation By Adam Cohen
Papa Bear: The Life and Legacy of George Halas By Jeff Davis
Coach Wooden One-on-One Inspiring Conversations on Purpose, Passion and the Pursuit of Success By John Wooden and Jay Carty
Coach Wooden One-on-One consists of 60 daily devotional readings. Each one begins with a page of treasured thoughts from Coach, followed by a page of Jay Carty’s comments that expand upon them. Each reading is made even more memorable by opening and closing passages from the Bible—the book that has shaped John Wooden’s life more than any other.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
How Billie Beane, GM of the Oakland A's threw all conventional wisdom and rules of baseball out and applied his own. The result was the winning-est team with the lowest payroll! Aberration or brilliance? This is not a book about baseball - its a book about life! Fascinating and fun.
Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography By Tracey Stewart, Ken Abraham
Heartwarming story about the life of a well known athlete who was an honorable Christian and devoted family man. Great reading for any sports fan too interested in learning about life as a pro golfer.
Joe Gibbs: Fourth and One by Joe Gibbs, Jerry Jenkins
Singletary on Singletary by Mike Singletary, Jerry Jenkins
Coming Clean: The Inside Story of a Cocaine Drug Lord and His Unexpected Encounter with God by Jorge Valdes & Ken Abraham
Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips
Few of us appreciate how tenuous the Union was during it's toughest time in history. Learn how a modest man endured and helped the Union survive.
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
Anyone with a career in high tech will find this account of the development of the DG Nova intriguing and most likely very close to home, if you're a gm or development manager. This goes way back to the early days and advent of the 'mini' computer. Kidder eventually won the Pulitzer for this book. Another favorite by him follows:
House by Tracy Kidder
One of my favorite stories is in this book. This is a must read for anyone building (or contemplating) a new house. Fascinating character study of the conflicts between the owners, contractor, and architect. I believe this so much that I have bought and given copies of this to a dozen friends over the years who were embarking on such an endeavor.
Hard Drive : Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace and Jim Ericson
If my kids ask me what I did in the war, I'll have them read this book. Its amazing how my career along with most in the high tech realm parallel Bill and MS. I knew him when, or even before when... I can related first hand to much of the drama and events including the infamous show-down dinner at Le Chateau in Vegas at Comdex during the OS/2 - Windows debacle which is covered.
The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency by James Bamford
A Civil Tongue By Edwin Neuman
"this is a very very funny book. It is funny and serious at the same time in its assault on the awful things all of us are doing to the language. He is our leading spokesman for clear and concise and direct language. his book is moving, inspiring, and human. It's just marvelous. - Bob Woodward
Frank Lloyd Wright - A Biography By Meryle Secrest
Casey: The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey-From the OSS to the CIA By Joseph Persico
Father, Son & Co: My Life at IBM and Beyond by Peter Petre, Thomas, Jr. Watson
Fabulous book about big business - the founding, history and culture of IBM.
In All His Glory: The Life and Times of William S. Paley and the Birth of Modern Broadcasting by Sally Bedell Smith
Story about the founding of CBS corporation - insight into 'aristocratic' life in NYC and Long Island, and the early days of big media in America. You'll be surprised at what you didn't know about the history of our TV networks.
Ford: The Man and the Machine by Robert Lacey
Poignant story about the genius Henry Ford and his success in founding a motor company, and shortcomings as a father.
Stamping Our History: The Story of the United States Portrayed on Its Postage Stamps by Charles Davidson & Lincoln Diamant
A wonderful pictorial history of the US as told through our nation's postage stamps - laid out categorically - the story behind each stamp and its relevance in that era. Better than a stamp collection and a wonderful easy history read too.