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I read because I enjoy it, and these authors represent the best of the best! My favorite Non Fiction writing team is Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett, two ex FBI wheels who wrote the wonderful book ?Hunting The American Terrorist? in 2007, a book whose timing was maybe not quite right. It hit the market right when a whole plethora of books on terrorism were published yeezy boost 350 v2 for sale , and did not get the publicity that it richly deserved. Their new collaboration is Homeland Insecurity. This takes a long hard look at how the political machine, and some of Capitol Hill s household names have taken advantage of homeland security to further their political ends, rather than the security of our borders. My good friend Don Bracken of History Publishing Company permitted me to take a sneak peek a couple of months prior to release. This meant I had to sit on my review for weeks! Hardest darn thing I think I have ever done! This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in the American political system. Those of you that know me also know that when I am not buried in a book I am likely listening to music. I have not counted, but I would be willing to bet that I wrote over 250 reviews in 2008. My favorite musical period being the 1970?s and the rise and fall of progressive rock. One of my musical contacts sent me a CD by Ken Hensley, Ken was one of the forces behind the 70?s prog band Uriah Heep. Although they did not reach the prominence of Yes or ELP, they were certainly a force to be reckoned with. The CD Blood On The Highway was very well done yeezy boost 350 womens pink for sale , and it did not take a great deal of brain power to work out that it was a biographical work that covered Ken?s life then and now. When I mentioned this to Ken?s PR guy in the US he said, ?If you like it, you should read his book also called ?Blood On The Highway?. I did. I liked it. 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