REVIEW: “Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness” by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey Broadway Books, ISBN: 978-0307886736 Copyright February 2015, Paperback, 432 Pages Trapped Under the Sea is a fast-paced, exciting, and foreboding read on the convergence of events leading to the high-risk dispatch of five divers to the very end…

REVIEW: “Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State” by Karen J. Greenberg

Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, by Karen J. Greenberg Crown, ISBN: 978-0804138215 Copyright May 2016, Hardcover, 320 Pages Rogue Justice, a book immensely laudable for its cohesiveness and lucidity, offers an exceedingly compelling rendition of the American judicial and political landscape under the Bush administration post 9/11. Though a little repetitive at times, Greenberg successfully…

REVIEW: “One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School” by Scott Turow

One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, by Scott Turow Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN: 978-0374226473 Copyright November 1988, Hardcover, 337 Pages One L is a ravishingly-written, highly entertaining, keenly inspirational, and somewhat anxiety-inducing narrative as Turow trudges through the first-year curriculum at the prestigious Harvard Law School, as one of…

REVIEW: “Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers” (Berkley True Crime) by Rhonda B. Saunders

Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers (Berkley True Crime), by Rhonda B. Saunders Berkley, ISBN: 978-0425231104 Copyright October 2009, Paperback, 320 Pages Whisper of Fear is a rather legal-slanted educational book about stalkers—“mental terrorists”—, threat and stalking cases, stalkers’ psychology, and relevant legislative applications, authoritatively written by the de facto “go…

REVIEW: “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” by Rana Foroohar

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, by Rana Foroohar Crown Business, ISBN: 978-0553447231 Copyright May 2016, Hardcover, 400 Pages Makers and Takers is a magnificently intellectual book. The book is packed with highly compelling arguments illustrating the “complex phenomenon” of financialization colonizing American business, complete with plentiful pertinent examples, solid research,…

REVIEW: “The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away” by John Douglas

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away, by John Douglas Scribner, ISBN: 978-0671017064 Copyright November 2000, Hardcover, 352 Pages The Cases That Haunt Us conducts a phenomenally in-depth exploration and refreshing analysis of notorious mysteries, from the frame of reference…

REVIEW: “Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime” by Val McDermid

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime, by Val McDermid Grove Press, ISBN: 978-0802125156 Reprint Edition Copyright April 2016, Paperback, 320 Pages Forensics, an impressive solidly written book, qualifies as a condensed introduction to the expansive world of forensics. The book provides an eclectic coverage of forensic science—Numerous forensic disciplines explored in terms…

REVIEW: “Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident” by Donnie Eichar

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, by Donnie Eichar Chronicle Books, ISBN: 978-1452140032 Copyright October 2014, Paperback, 288 Pages Dead Mountain is an incredibly heart-rending, suspenseful, and fast-paced book exploring the mystery of nine hapless Russian hikers as they perished on the eastern slope of Holatchahl—“Dead Mountain” in Mansi. As the author ventured…

REVIEW: “The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future” by Charles C.W. Cooke

The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future, by Charles C.W. Cooke Crown Forum, ISBN: 978-0804139748 Reprint Edition Copyright February 2016, Paperback, 256 Pages The Conservatarian Manifesto, a fervent activist instrument for conservatism, endeavors to unite conservatives and libertarians to bolster the political Right. The author vehemently champions conservative positions, assails progressive stances, strives…

REVIEW: “Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North” by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy

Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North, by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy Thomas Dunne Books, ISBN: 978-0312625030 Copyright September 2011, Hardcover, 304 Pages Arctic Obsession is a noteworthy endeavor seeking to chronicle and expound ambitious Arctic expeditions. The book is an amalgamation of geographical details, historical nuggets, and vivid imagery, with the text united through timely and repeated…

REVIEW: “Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship” by Anjan Sundaram

Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, by Anjan Sundaram Doubleday, ISBN: 978-0385539562 Copyright January 2016, Hardcover, 208 Pages Bad News boldly disclosed the dearth and smothering of press freedom under the dictatorship of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Sundaram vividly painted the repression Rwandans are subject to, along with divulging the nation’s devastating and horrifying abuse of human…