I am reading two books. The one I am almost done reading is Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Mathews.
The one I just started is Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer by Phyllis Bennis.
While these books are on very different subjects, they share, for me, one common theme. I knew a little about each subject. I was an adult when Kennedy was inaugurated, in fact I was in Washington at the time, in 1961. I try to follow the news on mid-east goings on.
I guess one could say that my fragmentary knowledge was similar to a partially complete skeleton recovered by Leakey or Johansson. These two authors not only complete the skeleton but they flesh it out with muscle, skin and hair.
I know that Mathews is a JFK-ophile, but he puts it all out there, the good, the bad and all the warts.
Bennis puts items in her volume you will not fine in print – anywhere. She is tough on all parties. The more wrong they have been, the tougher she is.
Either book will be a great read for the holidays.