Title: Term Limits
Author: Vince Flynn
This is an action packed suspense novel with former military members acting as assassins. The assassins demand that the US government set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people, specifically a balanced budget amendment and term limits for all of Congress. There were several twists and turns and a little love connection within the plot. This is Flynn’s first novel. I really enjoyed reading it.
From Elaine Pasquali
Title: Killing Kennedy
Author: Bill O’Reilly
An interesting look-back at Kennedy’s assassination, carefully avoiding any conspiracy theories. I found this book more difficult to read than Killing Lincoln, because I had lived through the events and resisted having the wounds reopened. Still, I’m glad I read it for the insight it offered into the people caught up in the events.
From Ellen Druda
Author: Scott Miller
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American Century
President McKinley’s two terms as president saw America move from an inward-looking isolationist country to a world power as we came into the twentieth century. Our borders and outlook began to open up to new people and ideas, and our country faced turbulence and radical change. The industrial revolution brought a deep division of wealth, and citizens became angry over the disproportion. War was waged on foreign soil for financial reasons. Unemployment grew and the economy tumbled. Does it all sound familiar? The book tells the story of McKinley’s rise and ultimate assassination by a troubled anarchist, but what is most striking are the similarities between that period in history and this. Miller brings history alive as we travel along to the ultimate outcome meeting such famous folk as Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Admiral Dewey.
From Chris Garland
author: Sides, Hampton
Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin
James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King were at existential crossroads in 1968. Each was looking for a new path to the next phase of his life. Ray was seeking a way to give his life focus after his escape from prison. King, struggling in his personal and professional life, was trying to jump start his movement in a new direction- away from Civil Rights and toward the issue of poverty. Chance found both men in Los Angeles where Ray had his epiphany. He would kill the Civil Rights leader and become a hero. Thus, their paths led them to Memphis and to their ultimate fate. Hampton Sides weaves together a fascinating account of these two men which led to the assassination of Martin Luther King in April 1968 and the historic manhunt for James Earl Ray that followed.