David Halberstam

Any serious reader of nonfiction must be saddened by the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam. I’ve read only a handful of his nearly two dozen books. Those I read, though, left no doubt about his talents.

The Best and the Brightest is certainly among the greatest, if not the greatest, one […]

Book Review: Into That Silent Sea

I’m still trying to figure out if the news in the days preceding the release of Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 symbolizes irony or progress.

As the subtitle indicates, the book examines the first efforts by the U.S. and the Soviet Union to put humans into space. One of the […]


The lull continues, although as the books read list indicates, I am inhaling what borders on pure oxygen for me. I also have a stack of library books and books on the way from online sellers, including Better World Books, where a portion of the proceeds goes to literary projects worldwide. Still, I have insufficient […]

Pulitzer honors

When I agree with both Oprah and the Pulitzer Prize Committee on a novel, you know it’s got to be good. Well, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road today won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Gee, I wonder where my picking it as one of my books of the year ranks with that and Oprah picking it […]

A major icon lost

There is no other way to put it. I was totally and absolutely stunned to read this morning that Kurt Vonnegut died Wednesday night. Given his age (84), it is not totally unexpected. Still, there is that feeling that a void has suddenly appeared in my literary soul.

It is somewhat embarrassing that I can’t […]