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A Review of the July / August 2014 Issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

If you’re not one of my regular readers, you’re probably wondering why The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction routed you to a website called “Reflections of a Rational Republican” for a review of its recent July/August 2014 issue. Be … Continue reading

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Battle of the Crater: Fascinating Tale of a Little-Known Battle

Battle of the Crater is Newt Gingrich’s and William R. Forstchen’s fascinating historical  novel about this infamous battle, in which the Union Ninth Corps attempted to end the siege of Petersburg, Virginia (Click here to listen to an excerpt from the audiobook … Continue reading

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Plague Year: Riveting Novel About Nanotechnology Gone Awry

Plague Year is Jeff Carlson’s riveting novel about a nanotech machine plague that breaks out in Northern California, and ultimately kills nearly five billion people. The hook: the machine plague has a hypobaric trigger that renders the plague inert at elevations over 10,000 feet. While I normally do … Continue reading

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Cyber War: Why “Click and Kill” Is the Next Threat to Modern Civilization

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It is Richard A. Clarke’s and Robert A. Knake’s all-encompassing tome on current and future cyber security threats. The authors wrote the book in a clear and concise manner so that anyone … Continue reading

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Twilight in the Desert: Well-Documented Warning on Peak Saudi Oil

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy is Matthew Simmons’ thoroughly researched and well-documented account of Saudi Arabia’s aging oil fields and what it means for the global economy. In the book, Simmons argues that Saudi … Continue reading

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The Filter Bubble: A Great Book That Exposes an Emerging Trend

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You is Eli Pariser’s fascinating account … Continue reading

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Born Fighting: Entertaining Account of How Scots-Irish Shaped America

Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America is Senator Jim Webb’s historical account of how the Scots-Irish ethnic group has strongly influenced the American character. It provides a comprehensive history starting as far back as the Celtic migration from Central Europe to the … Continue reading

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Righteous Indignation: Entertains and Rallies the Troops

Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World is Andrew Breitbart’s rallying cry to conservatives to fight against the institutional left and the liberally-biased mainstream media. It provides entertaining anecdotal accounts of hypocrisy among liberal institutions (e.g., ACORN) and the media. It also provides detailed … Continue reading

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America’s First Clash with Iran: Strategy Light, Tactics Heavy

Source: ©2011 Reflections of a Rational Republican America’s First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War, 1987-88 is Lee Allen Zatarain’s well-researched and detailed account of the United States’ brief Persian Gulf conflict in the late eighties with Iran. It is … Continue reading

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Decision Points: Good Read, Bad Style

Source: ©2011 Reflections of a Rational Republican Decision Points is President George W. Bush’s personal account of the most consequential decisions that impacted his controversial presidency. Whether one likes President Bush or detests him, this book is a must read … Continue reading

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