Stories non-fiction. Four good books to read

Stories non fiction

During the last twenty five years or so I have come across books which have really helped me in understanding the world in both physical and spiritual sense. The books i regard now as essential reading to give one a broad range of ideas of Philosophy, Theology and English Literature. These are the books I read & enjoyed in 2010.

Who would have thought given his great and overwhelming success as a Tennis Player that Andre Agassi loathed the game of Tennis when he was at his very best.

The constant putting down by his father was to say the least a major negative influence on the way Andre perceived himself well into adulthood.

You can read this excellent Autobiography now. It's called Open. And it should be available in all good bookshops.

 Renegade is a synonym for turncoat. Another definition from the Middle Ages is a fallen Christian or a knight without allegiance, from the Spanish renegado, from the medieval Latin word renegatus, the perfect participle of renego, meaning "deny".

Renegade :The making of President Obama-

found this book a very compelling read and could not put it down until around the 4th chapter.

Barack Obama journey to the White House has been a long and interesting one.

Renegade is a book written by Richard Wolfe. Wolfe has almost unlimited access to Barack Obama on the election trail for 21 months.

Unlike a lot of the cottage industry books that have popped out of the woodwork since his election Wolfe gives a warts and all account of Barack Campaign from start to finish. Renegade revisits the highs and lows of Obama’s campaign.

At times it was clear to Wolfe that Obama was uncomfortable with electioneering but by working at it he became a polished superstar against front-runner Hilary Clinton. The reader is allowed to get into Obama’s head at the most critical moment. For instance after his win in Iowa, the loss in New Hampshire as well as during the Reverend Wright controversy.

John McCain has a well-earned reputation for bucking his own party in the Senate, most prominently on campaign finance reform and immigration.

So McCain has tried in the campaign to draw a contrast with his Democratic opponent, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, whom McCain says always toes the Democratic party line.

McCain made the point again at the second presidential debate in Nashville. "Sen. Obama has never taken on his party leaders on a single major issue," McCain said.

Limiting our examination to Obama four years in the U.S. Senate, it would seem that McCain is on mostly solid ground, even if his claim is one that the Obama campaign hotly disputes.

The Obama campaign cites a few examples where Obama crossed up his party, including an Obama-backed effort in the Senate in 2006 and 2007 to create an independent Office of Public Integrity to investigate congressional ethics cases.

Most Democrats voted for the new office in 2006, then a small majority opposed it in 2007, so Obama hardly could be seen as one against the crowd. And our view is that the votes Obama cites on the office cannot be called a "major issue" since the ethics office was mostly a secondary point in a much broader fight over ethics reform that most Democrats supported. Ultimately, the Senate passed a broad bill on ethics in 2007 that did not provide for the new office.

The Obama campaign also points to a vote in February 2005 in which he sided with Republicans and a narrow minority of his caucus in favor of a bill to give federal courts jurisdiction over some class action cases. The bill was opposed by Democratic allies in the plaintiffs' bar.

But this again, was hardly a vote in which Obama stood too far apart from his caucus. Eighteen Democrats supported the bill against 26 opposed. And this wasn't an issue where Obama was particularly outspoken, so it can hardly be argued that he had "taken on his party leaders" on tort reform.

Finally, the Obama campaign cites Obama 2005 vote to confirm Condolezza Rice as Secretary of State, but Senate Democrats overwhelmingly favored her confirmation. The final vote among Democrats was 32 in favor of confirmation, 12 opposed.

Congressional Quarterly each year tallies what it considers the key votes that took place in the previous 12 months. Of the 41 Senate votes tallied by CQ between 2005 and 2007, Obama sided with a majority of his caucus on 36 of them. On three, he did not vote. On one, he voted with 21 colleagues against the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, a vote that evenly divided the Democratic caucus. And last, there was the 2005 tort reform vote. CQ did not consider the Office of Public Integrity votes to be among the most important of 2006 or 2007.

None of the examples the Obama campaign provides could be seen as major issues on which Obama was at odds with his party leadership. Certainly nothing on the scale of McCain's unpopular positions on immigration and campaign finance reform, among others. McCain speaks in absolutes — Obama has "never taken on his party leaders on a single major issue" — but the record supports him. We say McCain's claim is True. These are extracts from the book Renegade:Making of a President.

Dream it Live it Do it

One of the things about life is that it can pass you by without you noticing it. As someone once said you can buy a watch but you cannot buy time. In 1991 which is now 19 years ago I was happily studying at the Australian National University in Canberra.

I was dating a woman who lived in Sydney. She was studying also post graduate study Industrial Relations. I was a keen runner Triathlete at the time so was my female friend.

Anyway one thing led to and another and she met and married someone else. All of a sudden its 20 years later and I heard from a friend she is now divorced with two children who are in their late teens. Why it is like I've been in a complete time warp.

Like being in Dr Who's Tardis time machine and all of a sudden 20 years has passed me by.

The book dream it list it do it is a very positive self help book which can inspire you to get out of your rut and do something different ! I find reading this book particularly motivational. Despite the many motivational books I have skimmed over the years

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work is a book I tripped over in the new book section of the Brisbane State Library.

Fortunately so because it gave me an insight in work which I both shared and considered very often in my head but not on paper as this book does.

In The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work,by Alain de Botton sifts and weighs the confusions and contradictions that make our daily grind the source, potentially, of our finest moments and our most harrowing disappointments.

Because our Western, commercially driven culture has elevated work to somewhere on a par with love as a giver of meaning to our lives, de Botton has decided that it is something to which we should pay serious attention. The book has a writing style all of its own which quickly gets one immersed in the very title of the book.

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You wont be disappointed with Renegade. Interesting title !


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Good reviews, I think I might just read Renegade.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

thanks Ann Nonymous glad you like it I might do more !


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Good recommendations. I am always looking for a new read, and will check these out.

Namaste.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for these reviews, Barry. I am always looking for a good read and something that will captivate me!

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