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These are the book reviews that I’ve included in my monthly newsletters. If you want a book recommendation, give me a call! (Updated 9/25/2017)

JP Review: This has all the features of a tabloid newspaper – and without the guilt! It’s a quick read, it’s very well-written, and honestly I couldn’t put it down. The book is about the key players in the Kennedy assassination including Lee Harvey Oswald, Oswald’s wife, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Kennedy’s wife (Jackie O.) and parents. The feeling of the book is that of sitting at bar after work listening to someone tell a really good story. This is the second book I’ve read that Bill O’Reilly has written and whatever your opinion of O’Reilly – he is a fantastic history writer…I would even go so far as to put him up there with David McCullough.

JP Review: About a month ago I saw a story on CNN.com about this man (Shin-Dong Hyuk) and about how he was the only known person to have been born in a North Korean work-camp and escaped. I was intrigued and so I purchased this book which is basically his biography. This book was truly an eye-opener for me and I kept saying to myself, “I can’t believe this sort of thing still goes on in the world today.”

I think most people know that North Korea is not a nice place, it essentially a military-state whose people are poor, oppressed and trapped. North Korea has several political work camps spread out across the country where it puts political dissidents and other law-breakers. Those people are made to work hard-labor jobs and many are worked to death. Shin-Dong was born into one of these camps and has a somewhat miraculous story of escape. Of particular interest to me was the difficulties he has had since escaping – but you’ll have to read the book to see what I’m talking about. I highly recommend this book, it’s not very well written, but it tells an amazing story and really opens your eyes to the horrible situation in North Korea.

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