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This Web page and these book reviews are dedicated to the free press in the United States. This freedom was attacked by the Communications Decency Act, which was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 26, 1997. For a summary of the court rulings, click here.

From the cover of The New Yorker Magazine, Nov. 6, 2006

These book reviews started when was founded in 1995. When I started many of the "personal web sites" on the Internet contained lists of music CD collections and family pictures. These sites were largely content free and at best of interest to the authors immediate family. Rather than create another vanity site, my goal was to create a site with content. Since I read a lot, I started writing book reviews. The book reviews turned out to be very time consuming. In the years since was started I have read many more books than are reviewed here. Every once in a while I will add a new review, but I am concentrating on developing software for Bear Products International, rather than writing book reviews. Some of this software is posted on

Since writing book reviews is time consuming and has no material reward, one might ask why I write them. I certainly hope that my writing will be enjoyed by others, but as I've gotten older I find the saying "writing crystallizes thought" more and more true. The book reviews are a way of reflecting on the book and putting some of my ideas on the work in order.

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