Human Trafficking

The book should be required reading for any American interested in legal/illegal immigration.  The truth of what is happening every minute of every day should bring everyone to pause.  Nothing is as it seems here or abroad. The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail by Óscar Martínez

New York Times Books for August

BOOK REVIEW | EDITORS’ CHOICE Nine Great New Books for August AUG. 19, 2016 August is generally considered off-season among book people. The big summer blockbusters have already come out. Publishing people are out of the office. Everyone’s biding his or her time for the big books of fall. Not this year. August has been…

Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is a must read for everyone.  I hope that all of my students this semester will read it (it may be required!).           I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I have never believed it would be okay, – Coates  p.11 Keep the dialogue open,…

Another Look At Life in Germany in WWII

Underground in Berlin –  Marie Jalowicz Simon I find that people who are interested in World World II and the Nazi war machine think everything that needs to be said has been said.  Then along comes a book like Underground in Berlin and you realize there is still much to learn from those who survived and there…

Vietnam – Popular Culture Versus Reality

Vietnam – the last moments of a painful evacuation The war in Vietnam has been termed a travesty in the otherwise glorified military success of the United States.  There have been multitudes of books and movies created about the events in Vietnam with varying degrees of truth and inaccuracies. It is these half truths and outright…

Nina Simone – High Priestess of Soul

                  “Sometimes I sound like gravel and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream,” Nina Simone- child piano prodigy, singer, song writer, civil rights activist. She would record more than 40 albums before the end of her life ranging from classical, blues, R&B to pop and gospel….