“You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” – Russell T. Davies (from Tooth and Claw in Season 2)
It is always difficult to narrow the list down to just five, and as you can see I was once again unsuccessful in doing so. Happy Reading!
1. Educated by Tara Westover, (nonfiction, published in 2018)
This is one of two books that I recently read in one sitting, with the other being Lawman. Tara Westover was born to an extreme anti-government and survivalist family in rural Idaho. Extreme as in no birth certificate, never attended school, never went to a hospital or doctor. This is her story of joining civilized society. This book has now been on the New York Times best-seller list for the last 110 weeks and still going.
2. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, (legal thriller, published in 1987.)
In my opinion even John Grisham takes a backseat to Scott Turow when it comes to legal thrillers. This was his first novel and the movie version featured Harrison Ford in the starring role. If you love this book – and you will – grab the sequel Innocent that was published 23 years after the original. It is just as good. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
3. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (nonfiction, published in 2003)
This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Walter Isaacson was the managing editor of TIME magazine for a number of years and has written several other books. His most widely-known book is Steve Jobs which was published in 2011. (In my opinion it was not a very good book.) But Benjamin Franklin more than makes up for it. This will leave you with a new perspective on America’s most fascinating founding father.
4. Anton Myrer would make the list of my top three favorite authors.
His books will wring every last drop of emotion out of the reader. Incredibly powerful. All of his books are old friends, so I can’t recommend just one. Here are four that everyone should read and will enjoy. Once An Eagle (1968) – this is required reading for all Marines and is used in leadership training at West Point. The Big War (1957), A Green Desire (1981), and The Last Convertible (1978). If you are new to Anton Myrer, then I suggest you start with The Last Convertible. You are in for a treat.
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (historical fiction, published in 2015)
Kristin Hannah published her first book in 1991, but The Nightingale propelled her to immediate international stardom. Based on actual events, it tells the story of two sisters in France during WWII and their struggle to resist the German occupation. If you like this book, check out Firefly Lane (2008) and The Great Alone (2012). You’ll need Kleenex for all three.
Thank you again for you interest in my book list, and please continue to pray for the state of Florida and this great nation.
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