A war book recommendation: War Porn by Roy Scranton

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2cQQdKl.
It’s a point of view that also comes through in this forceful and unsettling book, though the novel is at its most persuasive not when Mr. Scranton is laboriously trying to illustrate his arguments but when he trusts his own myriad gifts as a storyteller.
Book description from Google Books:
“War porn,” n. Videos, images, and narratives featuring graphic violence, often brought back from combat zones, viewed voyeuristically or for emotional gratification. Such media are often presented and circulated without context, though they may be used as evidence of war crimes.   War porn is also, in Roy Scranton’s searing debut novel, a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike, and the global networks and face-to-face moments that suture our fragmented lives together. In War Porn three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As War Porn cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of War Porn, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims.
The book is rated 3.80/5 at goodreads.com, from 51 ratings. See 14 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2cQPM2Q.
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A romance book recommendation: The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2cZjAYj.
There might have been a few early draggy bits and the Pancake family certainly don’t push to know what danger might be lurking and waiting to leap at them via Israel. But as a good study of coming to terms with the bumpy realities of marrying someone with a murky past, in the second half this book bounced back and grabbed me…
Book description from Google Books:
From the USA Today bestselling author of This Gun for Hire and one of today’s “premier western romance writers,”* a captivating new Western historical romance . . .   WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW . . .   After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory of how he came to be on the Pancake homestead eludes him. He’s certain he did something wrong to deserve such a harsh punishment–and so is the beautiful woman who reluctantly comes to his aid.   . . . COULD HURT HER.   Wilhelmina “Willa” Pancake must focus on running her family’s ranch. With Israel’s hazy memory, she is unsure if she can trust him, let alone handle the budding attraction between them. And as men fight to steal her land and the truth about Israel’s past rides toward them, love is a risk she cannot easily take.
The book is rated 3.97/5 at goodreads.com, from 136 ratings. See 47 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/24FOubD.
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A non-fiction book recommendation: A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2cJhluB.
The conversational tone draws us irresistibly in — though some readers may weary of the exclamation marks and the teacherly asides…
Book description from Google Books:
For curious readers young and old, a rich and colorful history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion–from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century–with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.   Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Holloway also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an empathic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.
The book is rated 4.19/5 at goodreads.com, from 32 ratings. See 8 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2cx9a4A.
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A fiction book recommendation: War and Turpentine: A novel by Stefan Hertmans

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2cMSgSq.
It’s this confluence of forces that moves the reader forward. In a world of novels with overdetermined, linear plotlines — their chapters like so many boxcars on a freight train — “War and Turpentine” delivers a blast of narrative fresh air.
Review from booklistonline.com:
On medical leave from the hellish violence of WWI, Urbain Martien wanders into a small chapel where he unexpectedly finds the face of his own father incorporated into the altar mural. In this minor episode, Hertmans distills the larger dynamic governing a novel in which the mysteries of art illuminate the complexities of life. Complemented by photos and reproduced paintings, the poignantly nuanced narrative unfolds Urbain’s life through the eyes of a grandson poring over his grandfather’s candidly autobiographical notebooks and his more cryptically autobiographical paintings. Clue by clue, notebooks and paintings reveal that alongside his visible war wounds, Urbain carries the invisible wounds of an artist forced to exchange paint and canvas for helmet and rifle. Subtly hinted at in his postwar paintings, another lacerating exchange scars his soul when the love of his life suddenly dies, leaving him to marry her frigid older sister. Retracing the private pilgrimage his grandfather sustained through religious devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and imaginative devotion to Schubert and Beethoven, van Dyck and Velázquez, the grandson finally reaches the peace that accompanies hard-won understanding. Appreciative readers will thank an exceptional novelist (and a skilled translator) for their share of that peace, that understanding. — Bryce Christensen
The book is rated 3.91/5 at goodreads.com, from 2749 ratings. See 327 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2abtyHc.
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Search results: The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System by Ron Paul, categorised under Political Science.

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A critic review (source Kirkus) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2drZ0Wp.
A politician gleefully anticipates the destruction of traditional education in the name of saving children.
Book description from Google Books:
Twelve-term Texas Congressman, Presidential candidate, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with a highly provocative treatise about how we need to fundamentally change the way we think about America’s broken education system in order to fix it.Whether or not you have children, you know that education is vital to the prosperity and future of our society. Yet our current system simply doesn’t work. Parents feel increasingly powerless, and nearly half of Americans give our schools a grade of “C”. Now, in his new book, Ron Paul attacks the problem head-on and provides a focused solution that centers on strong support for home schooling and the application of free market principles to the American education system. Examining the history of education in this country, Dr. Paul identifies where we’ve gone wrong, what we can do about it, and how we can change the way we think about education in order to provide a brighter future for Americans.
The book is rated 3.75/5 at goodreads.com, from 398 ratings. See 83 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dK7uU4.
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