Ron Kovic was a soldier in the Vietnam War. He was horrificly injured, and eventually became a protester of the war. It's hard to explain the sheer emotion and details he presents in the book. You can feel that it comes straight from the heart. This is a must-read, regardless of if you are interested in reading about war, specifically the Viewnam War, or political advocacy.
Carl Levin, in my opinion, was a fantastic public servant. From his time on Detroit City Council when he fought back against HUD because they were not maintaining the properties they owned, to his time in the US Senate when he sought the truth regarding the 2008 financial crisis, the book dives into detail on the issues Carl thought was important.
Other areas Senator Levin highlighted during his career were the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots, the Clinton impeachment, 9/11 and the War in Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein and the War in Iraq, the filibuster, and his relationships with numerous colleagues in the Senate and world leaders.
Ever have a hard time convincing someone you are right? If you say "no", you are lying! Facts alone are sometimes not enough, and Chip & Dan Heath are masters at opening your mind. They will teach you how to direct the Rider, motivate the Elephant, and shape the Path. You'll have to read the book to figure out how though...
Jennifer Murphy has had many different jobs so far in life, but most of all her time as a first responder is highlighted in this book. If you are interested in a first-person experience as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), this is a must-read. She talks about not only the real and practical aspects of the job, but also emotional.
Enjoy video games? Enjoy fiction? You will definitely want both of these books on your list if you answer "yes" to both questions (and even if you don't!). After reading the books, watch the movie for book one also. Hopefully a movie comes out for book two!
There are a lot of pop culture references, many that I did not understand, but they do not downplay the fun of the book. The book is exciting, and the voice (for those of you choosing audio book) will sound familiar to those of you who have watched Big Bang Theory or Star Trek. Highly recommend both books!
This is a classic. Highly recommended!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winner that certainly deserved it. This story of the daughter of a southern lawyer will be relatable to all who read it. "Scout" will relate to you, even if you are not the daughter of a widowed father. Atticus, Scout's father, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Doing this was a brave move in the time period. The whole story is not as serious as that court case, but includes things like "spying" on a recluse neighbor and Scout being a tomboy. The book is great!