Sunday I finished the Amy Bishop book, going from page 116 to the end. The section that I read was not as impressive as what had come before, though I still enjoyed it. A Professor’s Rage ended with the State of Alabama preparing to bring Bishop to trial.
Besides the premature finish, there were a number of issues with the book. For one, author Michele McPhee padded out the book with many long transcriptions of newspaper articles, police reports, etc. Also, the book needed editing, as McPhee repeatedly includes the same details.
Still, A Professor’s Rage was worth reading. On the whole, I’d give it a 7 out of 10.
Due to the storm, we hadn’t gotten much sleep. I was too tired to do anything outside, so – after finishing Amy Bishop – I read another book, The Double Life of Fidel Castro by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez. I got The Double Life from Edward R. Hamilton in May.
I’d read a few pages of the book a week or so ago, and I’ve made it up to page 80. The Double Life is one of those books that shows you a strange world – that of an all-powerful dictator. Sanchez served as one of Castro’s bodyguards from 1977 to 1994; after that, he landed in a prison and then defected to the U.S. In 2008.
The main takeaways from the first 80 pages are 1) Castro was a total hypocrite who loved “stuff” just as much as the greediest capitalist, 2) power thoroughly corrupted Castro, who could bear not even a hint of disagreement with his pronouncements, and 3) Castro managed to hide his private life (the money grubbing & serial womanizing) from the world to an amazingly-successful degree.
The prose in The Double Life isn’t great, but the story holds your attention. I’d give that book a 7/10 so far.