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Review of Sweet Tooth

November 25th, 2012

Sweet ToothSweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have thoroughly enjoyed some of McEwan’s previous works, including On Chesil Beach, Saturday, and, to a lesser extent, Solar. I found his writing in those works to be beautiful and elegant. Sweet Tooth is my least liked of McEwan’s books. I found the twist at the end insufficient to justify the length of the work, the writing to be less enthralling than his other works, and the plot at times droll. Character development is inconsistent. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book to others; I would stick to some of his earlier works.

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Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel A. Farber: Book review

August 2nd, 2010

Lincoln's ConstitutionLincoln’s Constitution by Daniel A. Farber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent and thoroughly researched review of the issues surrounding Lincoln’s presidency, specifically how the Constitutionality of his decisions could be viewed during and since his time in office. Farber clearly understands his topic, providing both ample detail and excellent additional references to both primary and secondary sources. Finally, he makes this potentially very dry subject palatable through clear and concise prose.

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