Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Cockpit Confidential’

In the wake of the recent tragedy of the Germanwings crash, it is natural and understandable to be apprehensive about air travel. The incident has already caused officials to reassess security protocols; surely another wave of reforms is in store for travelers. The best you can do is stay informed. In his 2013 book Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflectionsformer pilot Patrick Smith pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of air travel, including the misconceptions, practices, and culture of the industry.

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Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Good Fight’

This past week, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that his current term would be his last, bringing to a close one of the more remarkable political careers in recent memory. The former amateur boxer and indomitable Democrat from Nevada has served in public office for over four decades, building a reputation as a fierce and effective politician. His 2009 memoir, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washingtonchronicles his journey from poverty to the Senate floor.

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Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘To The Stars’

The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” recently signed into law in Indiana has been correctly called out as a nasty piece of anti-gay legislation. Social media responded loudly and proudly with the #BoycottIndiana hashtag, enjoining companies and consumers alike to take their business out of Hoosierland in protest against a state government that would discriminate in the name of religion. Among those who got the ball rolling was George Takei, the former Star Trek cast member who has been a forceful and charismatic presence at the intersection of social media activism and LGBT advocacy for years. In his new book, To the Stars: Autobiography of George Takei, he tells his remarkable story.…

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