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Three Covers: Fact or Fiction?

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Three of my favorite authors released their new books recently. I have not read any yet but its interesting how each of these three books can be viewed as either fact or fiction depending on your upbringing and perspective.

1. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins: His ‘The God Delusion’ was intelligent, witty and ‘consciousness-raising’. This one apparently tries to explain the premise of all his previous books – why ‘Theory of Evolution’ is not a theory, but a fact. However, for the creationists, here is another tall tale from someone they consider only second to J K Rowling!

Dawkins

2. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer: I have thoroughly enjoyed all his ‘Into/Under’ books and am pretty sure this one moves effortlessly between Tillman’s unusual story and USA’s escapades into Iraq/Afghanistan. While there, its bound to make you think about glory, futility and everything in between. I am sure Krakauer dives deep into the cesspool of America’s ‘good war’ and asks some hard questions. For all the conservatives out there, this will be an imaginative / biased account written by a bleeding-heart leftist.

Krakauer

3. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Although always panned by critics, Dan Brown’s fare is entertaining and quixotic. I loved all his previous ones (especially starring Langdon) and am sure this novel mixes little-known historical facts with a doomsday-cum-murder mystery. The jacket of the book is very inviting with all those symbols thrown in around the Capitol rotunda and the Freemasons’ seal. Except for conspiracy theorists and revisionists, this book will be belittled by everyone as a flight of Brown’s imagination!

Brown

Where on this fact-fiction continuum do you belong?

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Written by serialbus

September 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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