Book Reviews

Dr. Greer reviews Myth of the Strong Leader

Jul 11, 2017

Political scientist and historian Archie Brown, America’s Professor of Politics at Oxford, a man who’s examined politics and political leadership worldwide for more than four decades, and the author of the best selling book The Rise and Fall of Communism, has written a new book, “The Myth of The Strong Leader: Political Leadership in The Modern Age.” The book is a clear winner.

 

Curtis Mayfield: Traveling Soul

May 27, 2017

There are two Mayfields here--father Curtis (b. 1942) and son Todd. You know Curtis Mayfield, the Chicago rhythm and blues and soul music giant (leader of The Impressions and composer of the movie soundtrack Super Fly). In this book, Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield, Todd writes of his Dad’s music and personal life, including his alleged womanizing and tendency to lock himself in his room away from the family—in the early years composing music and later hiding his drug use.

It’s often said that fiction more than anything mirrors life.  In his unnerving geo-political thriller “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” John Michael Greer (no relation) drives home this concept.

Say No To The Devil | Book Review

Mar 6, 2017

The reader enters the early story lines of blindness and guitar greatness with questions.  In Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis, author Ian Zack debunks the misleading claims that the blind musician had lye thrown in his eyes, or got in a fight, with this offering--blindness at birth is caused by gonorrhea in the pregnant mother. In the 1890s, quality pre-natal care provided a young black woman was a rarity.

Pages