Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
This political and social satire set in Palm Beach stretches reality in a way perfectly suited to these mad times. An imbecilic President, entitled dowagers, invasive species and the perils of over-development, all feature in this comedic romp that includes a sort of guest appearance by fan favorite character, Skink. Written in the aftermath of the death of Hiaasen’s brother Rob, who was gunned down in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper where he was a columnist, I can’t help but reflect that story-telling and laughter present a better response to tragedy than tears. Certainly his portrayal of POTUS and the First Lady are more entertaining to read than any of the political science books that have been ubiquitous for the last four years.
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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
How does a nation become fearless? Two weeks before the Dunkirk evacuation and on Churchill’s first day as Prime Minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Over the course of a year, 45,000 Britons died in a relentless bombing campaign, 30,000 of them Londoners. This is a story of leadership, as Churchill held the country together through its darkest year. Using recently declassified files, intelligence reports and personal diaries, Larson breathes fresh life into a story very often told in a brisk, entertaining fashion. This book will please both avid consumers of military history and general readers.
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