book review

Guns, Germs, and Steel - still valid?

Apr 16, 2014

In this book review, Dr. Robert Greer reflects on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize non-fiction book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.

Does it hold up?  Are Diamond's late 20th century conclusions and forecasts enduring?  Click on the "Listen" bar above to hear Dr. Greer's view.

The Contralto and a Tremelo Guitar

Mar 17, 2014

Kot, Greg. I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway. Scribner: New York. 2014.

Dr. Greer's book review: Elmore Leonard's Westerns

Mar 11, 2014

The late Elmore Leonard was the real, honest-to-goodness deal, as versatile and as gifted a writer as the twentieth century ever saw.  Leonard wrote westerns and mysteries, thrillers, and to top it off,    high brow literary fiction, it seems, just to prove that a writer doesn't have to be shackled by academe.

Leonard's masterful short story anthology,  (what other name could the collection possibly have), is as good a short story collection as one will find, and a short story devotee's dream. 

(listen to the audio above for the full review)

Jonny King’s Primer On Jazz–Part I

Jan 23, 2014

King, Jonny. What Jazz Is: An Insider’s Guide To Understanding and Listening To Jazz. Walker and Company. New York. 1997. 162 pages.

From Lettsworth to the Checkerboard

Jan 23, 2014

Guy, Buddy, with David Ritz. When I Left Home: My Story. Da Capo Press. 2012