Author: Ken Cooper

Hillbilly Elegy

I picked up the book after reading Joan Williams’s excellent article, “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class,” in the Harvard Business Review. J.D. Vance was born into a Scots Irish dysfunctional hillbilly family and spent …Read More

The Center for Civil and Human Rights

I visited The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Its purpose is to educate visitors about the rich history of the civil rights movement across the US while helping them connect lessons of the past to the present-day …Read More

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Long, long ago (70,000 years) there were many different species of humans on Earth. Homo Sapiens, our ancestors, lived mainly in East Africa. Neanderthals lived in Europe. Homo Erectus lived in Asia. 30,000 years ago Homo Sapiens survived all others …Read More


In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. “Trumbo” recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards for “Roman Holiday” and “The Brave …Read More

Thirteen Days in September

In 2006, Lawrence Wright wrote “Looming Tower,” the story of 9/11. Dexter Filkins, one of the NYT’s best war correspondents, wrote a review “a thriller” about its riveting and heart-stopping nature. I am halfway through Wright’s new book, “Thirteen Days …Read More

The Attack

“The Attack,” by Yasmina Khadra Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon. He lives in an upper middle-class neighborhood in Tel Aviv and has a loving wife, Sihem. As a successful professional he has a broad group of Jewish and …Read More

Dallas Buyers Club

Ron Woodruff is a stereotype racist, homophobic Texas redneck. While in the hospital his doctors discover that he is HIV+ (probably from unprotected casual sex) and will likely die in 30 days. It is the early days of the AIDS …Read More


I read no advance reviews and was surprised to see that Daniel Craig, who received top billing, didn’t have the lead role. The plot should have filled the room with tension and emotion. The three characters are betraying their marriage …Read More