11803 Priscilla Lane, Plymouth, MI 48170
9780975996935, $25.00, www.hardaleepress.com
Writing is a talent that can be taught, but it can also come naturally. "Shoestring Reporter: How I got to be a Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do it Too!" is a memoir and advisory guide from Joel Thurtell about his journey to landing his dream job without going through the formal channels. Independent thinking and a way of words are all that's truly needed to succeed and many papers don't simply want traditional styles alone any longer. "Shoestring Reporter" is a top pick for anyone who has big dreams of journalism but can't or doesn't want to look towards a higher education in their pursuit.
America's Misadventures in the Middle East
Chas W. Freeman Jr.
Just World Books
PO Box 5484, Charlottesville, VA 22905
9781935982012, $22.95, www.justworldbooks.com
America may not have handled itself the best it could in Middle Eastern affairs. "America's Misadventures in the Middle East" is a collection of essays from Chas W. Freeman Jr., who has acted as a diplomat on America's behalf against one hundred countries and served under President Nixon. Here he presents two dozen of his essays on the subject of the Middle East and provides much insight on what America has done right and what they have failed to do right. "America's Misadventures in...