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Carnett: Loving Kindle and these books

August 06, 2013|By Jim Carnett

Eighteen months ago my wife bought me a Kindle e-reader for my birthday.

I recently finished my 100th book on it.

To be honest, when I received the Kindle I wasn't certain I'd get through the opening passages of my first book. I'm now hooked, and reading more than ever.

I like my Kindle so much that I may never read another hardbound book again.

It's with utmost enthusiasm that I list — and briefly describe — my Kindle 100 Top 10:

10.) "Dream Team: Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time," by Jack McCallum. Published last summer, this book tells in detail the previously "untold story of the greatest [basketball] team ever assembled," the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's squad, according to Amazon. The book has been crafted with striking insight.

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9.) "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer. This is a Navy Seal's "account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid," according to Amazon. This book takes a close look at an American hero's Seal career, and offers a gripping portrayal of the mission to get the Al Qaeda leader.

8.) "Peter the Great: His Life and World," by Robert K. Massie. This remarkable book tells the story of Russian emperor Peter the Great, set "against the monumental backdrop of 17th and 18th century Europe and Russia," according to Amazon. Peter brought Russia out of the darkness of its Middle Ages and into Enlightenment. Russia is what it is largely because of Peter.

7.) "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics," by Daniel James Brown. This book relates the inspirational story of an American rowing team that shocked the world by winning gold at Adolf Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics. The crew representing the U.S. was the 1936 University of Washington varsity eight.

6.) "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," by Jon Meacham. This Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures in a single volume the life of Jefferson, American philosopher, politician and president. The book brilliantly examines Jefferson as a towering figure of world history, and as an imperfect human being.

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