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Book Reviews

Couple of quick hitters…

Couple of quick hitters…

. The secret to understanding Johnny Cash seems simple — see the good, accept the bad and evaluate as opposed to judge. Of course, if you were having to deal with doped up crazy Cash, that was hard to do. Lots of people did it well, like Billy Graham and Kristofferson because they weren’t there all the time…

Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty

Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty

As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones.

Astronaut Truths About Life on Planet Earth

Astronaut Truths About Life on Planet Earth

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield’s success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

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