I finished Michael Crichton's NEXT last night. It fit into his typical formula of writing: open with a death, jump characters, slowly join them into the final story line. I like his writings and his research (his bibliography had 36 references plus a list of 24 combined press articles and internet sites). Who but Crichton would even have a bibliography in a fiction book? Interesting fictional analysis of the extremes of politics, law, and the media (PLM)--similar to what he addressed in State of Fear.
On my vacation in Cancun, I finished reading Cool It by Bjorn Lomborg, that gives an economist's point of view to the solutions offered up for solving the "global warming crisis."
I also read all the way through George Orwell's 1984 while on vacation.
I am finding an interesting thread in my reading selections from Animal Farm, 1984, State of Fear, and some subjects discussed on the Thomas Jefferson Hour.
I picked up quite a few books on US History subjects such as the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, and a collection of Thomas Paine's writings at our local B&N. These are next on my reading list and hopefully I can actually fit those in over the remainder of the holiday season.