Saturday, 7 October 2017 – Ordering Books & Reading pages 1-116 of Michelle R. McPhee’s A Professor’s Rage

During the a.m., I put in book orders to both Edward R Hamilton & to Amazon. My “book greed” (as my late sister used to call it) was pretty extreme. I got nine books from Amazon and ordered eleven from Edward R.

From Amazon, I ordered –

1) Running in Place: A Campaign Journal by Bruce E. Altschuler,

2) Somewhere in America: Under the Radar with Chicken Warriors, Left-Wing Patriots, Angry Nudists, and Others by Mark Singer,

3) They All Laughed… From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives by Ira Flatow,

4) Joe Namath and the Other Guys by Rick Telander,

5) Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens,

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Amazon might be The Evil Empire, but I’ll never turn down one of their gift cards.

6) The Road he Travelled: The Revealing Biography of M Scott Peck by Arthur Jones,

7) The Focused Interview: A Manual of Problems and Procedures by Robert K. Merton,

8) Probability Without Tears – Primer For Non-mathematicians by Derek Rowntree, and

9) Beyond Anthropology by Bernard McGrane.

The cool thing about the Amazon order was that I had a $50 gift card and got these nine books for just $5 (including shipping).

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From Edward R., I ordered the following —

1) A VERY PRINCIPLED BOY: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior –
2) MURDER IN GROSSE POINTE PARK: Privilege, Adultery, and the Killing of Jane Bashara –
3) A NATION OF OUTSIDERS: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America

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For rock-bottom remainders, you can’t beat Edward R.

4) THE GREENWASH EFFECT: Corporate Deception, Celebrity Environmentalists, and What Big Business Isn’t Telling You About Their Green Products and Brands
5) THE INFLUENCE MACHINE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life –
6) ADVENTURES OF AN ACCIDENTAL SOCIOLOGIST: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore –

7) A PECULIAR TRIBE OF PEOPLE: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia –
8) SNOB ZONES: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate –
9) SUPERFORECASTING: The Art and Science of Prediction –

10) THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL DE MAN –
11) ALL YOU CAN PAY: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets –

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I need to do better with my reading, get into some deeper stuff. Oh well. I tell myself that I don’t spend much time watching TV.

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Hurricane Nate was rambling around out in the Gulf Saturday. My wife loves meteorology and she followed the updates, reporting to the family as Nate upgraded from a Category I to a II and as the forecasters shifted the “cone” (projected path) to the east – closer to our home.

Facing the possibility of a power outage, I needed a book. My mother had given me her copy of Michele McPhee’s A Professor’s Rage. The book is about Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama-Huntsville professor who murdered three colleagues in 2010.

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Mom warned me that the book is a quickly-published account of the Bishop saga. But she also said that the story is so good that she had enjoyed reading it. After reading the first 116 pages, I concur.

Amy Bishop is a true kook. Author McPhee focuses on Amy’s killing/murder of her brother Seth in December 1986. Bishop’s family had political connections in Massachusetts and – in McPhee’s account – used those connections to get Amy out of a murder charge.

Mom told me that the book heavily focuses on Amy’s life before she moved to Alabama and that the story ends before the resolution of Amy’s legal case. Of course, I was interested in the Alabama connection to the story. Her husband James (née Jimmy) was from Alabama. Jimmy’s family moved to Massachusetts for the father’s job at Honeywell. To me, one thing that was interesting was that the people in Massachusetts regarded the Andersons the way that people from Alabama always suspect that they are regarded outside of the South. The Andersons didn’t receive a warm welcome from their neighbors.

Grading on a curve (against other true-crime paperbacks,) I’d give A Professor’s Rage 8 out of 10 for its first 116 pages.

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I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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