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by SHKarlson Fri Dec 31st, 2010 at 09:53:08 PM EST

I've been participating in the Fifty Book Challenge since the beginning of 2005. That early spring arm injury set me back some, but a summer train trip gave me an opportunity to catch up on some reading, and the year-end office closure allowed time to catch up on posting the reviews. Here's the fourth quarter report for 2010. Please follow the link for the date the report was posted to read the diary entry, or book review, at Fifty Book Challenge. I evaluated some books as particularly good (+) or particularly bad (-).

22.  The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, 6 October 2010.
23.  Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System, 25 October 2010.
24.  America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation, 26 October 2010.
25.  General Sherman's Christmas, 27 October 2010. (+)
26. Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service, A Year Spent Riding Across America, 1 November 2010. (+)
27.  The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity, 3 November 2010.
28.  The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It, 13 November 2010. (-)
29.  Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids -- And What We Can Do About It, 21 November 2010.
30.  My Father Owned a Circus, 30 November 2010. (+)
31.  The March: A Novel, 6 December 2010.
32.  Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, 12 December 2010.
33.  Dead or Alive, 13 December 2010.
34.  The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy, 14 December 2010. (+)
35.  Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. -- How the Working Poor Became Big Business, 16 December 2010.
36.  Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War;
37.  Grant Comes East; and
38.  Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory, all 21 December 2010.
39.  Var$ity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics, 22 December 2010.
40.  The Lowering of Higher Education in America: Why Financial Aid Should Be Based on Student Performance, 23 December 2010. (+)
41.  Planning for Place and Plexus: Metropolitan Land Use and Transport, 28 December 2010.
42. House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, 29 December 2010.
43. A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression, 30 December 2010.

The first-, second-, and third - quarter reports are also available for this year.

The 2009 summary cross-references book lists for 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005 as well.

This year's bookworm is short for its age.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)


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