Recommended Reading

Books we have read and highly recommend  

We love books so much we turned our formal living and dining room into a library! Often the three bathrooms in our home each have at least three books in the process of being read at anytime. So here is a list of the books we have read and some even have a short review.



by Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino

Living in Arizona and so close to the ASU campus, I watched Pat Tillman play football both in college and as a NFL Arizona Cardinal.It was not surprising to hear the announcement that he would forgo his NFL career to join the Army Rangers following “9-11”; not to me or most Arizonians.When word came that he had been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan, I don’t think anyone in Arizona believed it at first.But then it began to sink in. Several memorials were held in Tempe by the Sun Devils and fans; the Cardinals and fans, as well as the NFL to honor Pat Tillman and his family.When word came that he had died in other circumstances by friendly fire, Arizonians became upset and angry.

To this day, only those present at the time of Pat Tillman’s death know what actually transpired, many differing versions were told to the public and we know now that many differing versions were given to the Tillman family.The U.S. Government completely failed this family for several years yet, Pat Tillman’s mother Mary Tillman persevered in her effort to obtain truthful answers to the circumstances of her oldest son’s death.The result, this book, is a wonderful, powerful, informational account as a mother’s tribute to her son’s life.

I highly recommend all Americans read this book, it will make you laugh, get angry, feel sadness, and a whole host of other emotions as you relieve a mother’s perspective of her son’s life, his death, and the lies the government told about how he died.You learn and feel all the emotions this family experienced in coming to terms with the end of the life of one who gave much for his country.You also realize that the Tillman family is only one of many military families that are experiencing similar situations resulting in your emotions returning once more.Mrs. Tillman’s account forces you to experience all the emotions possible in the telling of this story.

After reading this and being aware of all that has transpired since Americans were hoodwinked into a war in Iraq instead of completing the job America began in Afghanistan, it is absolutely necessary that America have new leadership in the White House.Of course, this is just my opinion you must read the book yourself.

The 9/11 Commission Report

In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism. The final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States.

Shrub -- The short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush -- by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose

An over view of George W. Bush's life prior to becoming President , including his short lived oil business career and his ownership of the Texan Rangers. Also included is a brief history of his rise to become the Governor of Texas. I highly recommend this book. If nothing else, you will get a good chuckle from reading this book.

She Can't Say That Can She by Molly Ivins

Against All Enemies -- Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke

Richard Clarke served seven presidents and worked inside the White House for George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush until he resigned in March 2003. In this book Mr. Clarke reveals the Bush administration's lack of interest in al Qaeda prior to September 11. He also was the nation's crisis manager on 9/11, running the Situation Room which is described in detail in this book. Mr. Clarke gives an accurate history of two decades of confrontation with terrorism and a honest indictment of the current administration.