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What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

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What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

The corporate state is doomed, says Gar Alperovitz; brought down by unbridled growth and startling degrees of greed and corruption. Its’ apparent collapse has provoked a crisis of massive proportions which has, in turn, raised the question posed in the title of his book. Only briefly reminding readers of the many follies, mistakes and outright crimes that led to this crisis; Alperovitz first assures the reader that change is bound to come -- if only because it simply must, and he insists that it will result from evolution rather than revolution. Meanwhile, there is much that has already been done, in spite of continuing overwhelming resistance from the Corporate Wing. And, of course, much remains to be done. So, in everyday simple language, he challenges readers to inform themselves and then take part in reconstructing America.

Reviewed by Jim B.

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Beyond the Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front

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Beyond the Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front

This is the story of one man and his very unique assignment at the end of World War II. After serving out a full set of 35 missions as a combat pilot, Robert Trimble is given a choice: go home for a few weeks, and probably be called back up for another tour of duty, or go on a special assignment that will keep him out of direct combat through the end of the war. He chooses the assignment: to officially act as a scavenger pilot and to unofficially bring recently released American POWs back to US bases. You don`t need a deep understanding of WWII to appreciate the brave actions of Robert Trimble.

Reviewed by Marie H., ImaginOn

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Heroin Diaries

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Sixx, Nikki(2007)Recently Added Review
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Nikki Sixx, bassist and founding member of metal band Mötley Crüe, describes his harrowing journey in and out of addiction through his journal entries written over the course of a year at the height of the band`s stardom. Interspersed with the comments and observations of bandmates, friends, lovers and others, this book goes beyond the clichéd rock star tell-all and exposes the introspective, almost spiritual side of a man who literally lived and died for the fast life of fame. The journal entries are raw, painful and disturbing, like a train wreck you can’t look away from, but the conclusion will ultimately have you rooting for Sixx’s tentatively hopeful, continued sober future.

Reviewed by Jori F., Steele Creek Branch

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

Following the success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman returns with this bite-sized biography collection of America’s gutsiest pioneers. From well-known founding fathers such as George Washington to the modern day comedy trailblazers like Conan O’Brien, Offerman offers personal insights, little-known facts, and snarky humor with every enlightening entry. Fans of his overly-masculine Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson will be delighted at his many digressions involving woodworking, outdoorsmanship, and, of course, meat. However, Gumption offers much more than Swanson witticisms; each of the twenty-one groundbreakers remind us of the great strength and originality required to build and sustain our country.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Cabin Lessons: A Nail-By-Nail Tale

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Cabin Lessons: A Nail-By-Nail Tale

Spike Carlsen, seasoned writer, handyman and editor takes us on an unforgettable ride as he tells his story of building a family cabin on Lake Superior’s rough shoreline. The story is as much a tale of how to build a new marriage and blend the lives of five teenagers, as it gives true to life practical building advice. With an eye on preserving the natural beauty of the area and keeping things simple while being able to view the lake from every space, the Carlsens were able to build a 600 sq ft cabin through careful planning and lots of wedded compromise. Throughout the narration Carlsen shares his own life failures and victories and those of his new family with wit and warmth.

Reviewed by Annette N., Independence Regional

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