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“GAME CHANGE” Read this book!

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media with tags , , on March 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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The timing is interesting, but on the very same day that Congress passed sweeping health care reform, I completed “Game Change” which is a wonderful roadmap of the Obama journey and how we got where we are today.

There is a reason that John Heilemann & Mark Halperin’s book “Game Change” is on the best-seller list, these two Washington journalists have delivered a page turning behind the scenes look at the historic adventure that was the Presidential campaign of 2008.

Now I can certainly not predict the future, but I am something of a student of the past, with a passion for Presidential history,  So one does not have to go out on limb by saying America had never quite seen an election with so many huge stories and even larger implications for our country and the world. I am certain we will never see more a contested and fascinating Primary season as we  saw with President Obama & Secretary Clinton. An african american and woman battling for a year and half in what must already be the stuff of political legend. And if the rise of Obama and the fall and eventual resurrection of Hilary Clinton is not enough you had the truly meteoric rise of the one and only Sarah Palin , who was plucked from complete obscurity to become a rock star and massive liability to the Republican ticket all in the course of 4 weeks.

This book tells the whole tale, and really sheds light on the fascinating  operations of Presidential campaigns. The authors were very smart because in this age of instant gratification, they wrote a very comprehensive and thorough history of what will surely be one of the most studied presidential campaigns and we are only one year into the presidency. Considering the depth of this book, its pretty remarkable they were able to release it so quickly.

Even if you don’t fall under the political junkie title, this book is a great read, and quite frankly a lot of it does read like fiction because let’s be honest, John Edwards is in this book and anything to do with Edwards borders on fiction..(maybe even science fiction)

There is some jaw dropping information on the selection process or lack therefore by the McCain campaign with their selection of Palin as a running mate, it is clear the nation dodged a bullet because that woman was barely qualified to be mayor of a small forest town in Alaska let alone to be next in line for the highest office of our land.

“Game Change” is fun and wildly informative, the insider perspective from Heileman & Halperin is second to none.

Read this book!

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Time Magazine & Tom Hanks get “Pacific”

Posted in History, Print Media with tags , , , on March 9, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Grab Time Magazine this week and read about how one of Americas favorite actors is also becoming out foremost visual historian. From his work in Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and of course his blockbuster HBO mini-series Band of Brothers co produced by Master Spielberg, and his production of the David McCullough mega undertaking “John Adams” Tom Hanks is taking the rich and deep history of our country very seriously and he wants as many people as possible to take notice and simply ….watch.

Hanks is delivering serious art , all the while opening the publics eyes to parts of our history that are often neglected and if nothing else mis-understood.

Tom Hanks is educating us whether we like or not.

This coming Sunday comes perhaps the most ambitious effort yet “THE PACIFIC tells the story of WWII in the pacific and our nations battles with Japan, a very deadly time for our young american soldiers in a theatre of the war  that has rarely been documented in contemporary film.

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The Pacific tracks the intertwined odyssey of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is based on the books “With the Old Breed,” by Eugene Sledge and “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

Mr. Hanks might end up being the great visual historian of our time!

“The Politician” by Andrew Young (Recap)

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Where do I even start, I don’t recall ever reading a non fiction book and shaking my head in utter disbelief with every turn of the page. The scandal surrounding one time Presidential hopeful John Edwards is nothing short of COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. Before I even get into my deeper thoughts on the subject all I can say is that it’s a MUST read. The media has simply not done the story justice , but really how could they? Nothing short of reading this story can describe to the public , as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin states “the sheer freakiness of Mr. Edward’s hubris, ambition and dishonesty”

Let me begin by saying this, there are no heroes in this book, I dont feel bad for any of the players (with exception of the innocent child) who has a nut job for a mother and perhaps the KING of all dirt bags as a father. I pretty much think that they all have gotten what they deserve, if you read “The Politician” I believe you will agree.

The person I really want to start with though is the author. Andrew Young, thank god you cashed out with a “tell all”, because after reading your book Andrew, I think you are a huge DOUCHER and simply not that bright. Oh and your wife is no genius either, she should have left you from jump street. Blind loyalty is not an admirable quality, particularly when you are dealing with and covering for a man who was trying to win our lands highest office. Not to get high and mighty but you both should be ashamed.

But the story in a nutshell is just difficult to wrap your head around, in the book Mr. Young “Describes how he , hi wife Cheri; his children ; and Mr. Edwards pregnant girlfriend , Rielle Hunter , all moved in together, while Andrew Young allowed himself to be falsely named as the Baby’s father-to-be.” This adventure is as strange as science fiction.

What kind of person would admit to having an affair and fathering a child, all in hopes of landing a job in the white house, assuming this candidate could even weather the scandal.  “Young joked that he would deliver the Edward’s groceries in hopes they would some day spend 16 years in the White House-during a vice presidency and a presidency”

Andrew Young redefines the term FALL GUY.

But if for no other reason read this book so you can see the “astonishing degree of either cynicism or delusional thinking on the part of John Edwards”

America we dodged a bullet.

I, Alex Cross

Posted in Books, Print Media with tags , , on February 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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I, Alex Cross

I just finished the latest , well almost latest offering from James Patterson; I, Alex Cross. The next chapter in the never ending saga of Washington D.C. Detective Alex Cross.

People say reading Patterson is a guilty pleasure, but I dont feel guilty as much as I feel like  I could literally read another book while reading a Patterson book, like literally at the same time, and still be able to follow the Patterson story perfectly.  He does not require your full attention, and that is really what makes Patterson work.

But at the end of the day the truth is…. I am a CUSTOMER, if Patterson writes it, I seem to be buying it. To say that James Patterson is prolific is the understatement of the year. He puts out an average of 9 new books every year. Cmon 9 books in a year. I mean the print is huge and each chapter is only like three quarters of a page but one man can’t possibly write so much. And yet Mr. Patterson  continues to knock em out. He has three very real franchises within his repertoire; The Alex Cross Series, The Womens’ Murder Club , and now a series following NYC Detective Michael Bennett (father of ten).

According to a great New York Times Article about Patterson and his publishing empire, he even writes one novel unrelated to any of his signature franchises for release during the summer months, always murder and suspense and  always a plotline that takes place near the beach. That is all James Patterson requires to write a novel, the beach!

But again I can’t stop, and neither can most of my family. My guess is between my mother , my sister and myself, we each purchase at least one copy EACH for every one of James Pattersons’ releases. I was never strong in math, but at 9 releases a year, the Marcus family in 2009 bought 27 James Patterson hardcover books. And I am sure my dad was good for a Kindle download or two.

Your welcome James, keep em coming!

“The Politician” by Andrew Young

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

“The POLITICIAN”  by Andrew Young

There is nothing quite like getting a nice package from Barnes & Noble. Normally my packages consist of the latest James Patterson and most likely a book about the American Revolution (yes I am a an American History Nerd) , but yesterday I was so pleased to find my latest purchase;  “The Politician” by Andrew Young.

In case you have been living under a rock or simply refuse to hop on the information super highway,  you know all about the John Edwards scandal. The more the story comes out the more incredible it becomes, and let me tell you this one has it all…Sex, Deception, Children out of wedlock, A cancer stricken wife, and of course at the center of it all, a run for the white house by perhaps the biggest dirtbag ever.

Andrew Young, a long time Edwards aide has written a tell all that I can not wait to sink my teeth into, apparently he tells the entire story (or at least his side) and reviews have said its nothing short of unbelievable! John Edwards is a truly one of the most salacious characters of all time.  Even the greatest of fiction writers would have trouble  making this stuff up.  I bet James Patterson wished he had come up with this tale , or wait scratch that…… Danielle Steel!!

Drake….still on FIRE!!

Posted in Hip-Hop, Print Media, Rappers with tags , , on January 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I really dont care what people say, Drake is sick. Truly an Amazing Talent. Drake along with J. Cole and Jay Electronica will help keep hip-hop burning for the next 10 + years.

Check out the new COMPLEX with my man DRAKE on the cover.

DRAKE HYPE or DRIVE

For their Feb/March issue, Damien Scott sat down with Drake to discuss what has come up since the last time they’ve spoken to each other. Obviously there was the backlash from the Best I Ever Had video and how it slowed down his momentum, his knee injury. addresses how Kid Cudi may have felt slighted because Kanye was directing his video while Cudi was coming out. He also addresses the competition between all the young/new rappers, as well as his old friend Nickelus F.

Around the time that Kanye directed “Best I Ever Had,” it seemed like there was strife between your camp and Cudi’s camp because Kanye was so enamored of you while Cudi’s project was being worked on.

Drake: I wasn’t aware of that. Even so, I could understand. If Wayne were to be enamored—which is a great word—of another young artist, I would be like, “Damn, I’m here too!” But at the same time, it happens in more than one situation. It happens with ‘Ye, and I have a great relationship with Jay, and Jay’s got Wale and J. Cole, who’s one of my favorite dudes rapping right now. I’ve happened to have had more success. I made the most money, I have number-one records, those guys don’t have that shit. And it’s just facts, it’s not even my feelings or that I feel I’m more talented. That’s what the game is about, making great music that earns profit. When it comes to my relationship with the new dudes, I’m just excited for them. I get to sit back in a cool position and be like, “Yo, I’m excited to see you do it now because I know what it’s like, it’s gonna be so much fun for you…”

You feel like you’re at the finish line?

Drake: I’m at the starting line. Those guys are at home, putting on their tracksuits, getting ready to make their attack. When J. Cole gets it super-right, I think he’s gonna have a place as a Nas-type character who really stands for hip-hop, but still makes ill records that everybody fucks with.

If J. Cole is Nas, then who are you?

Drake: [Laughs.] I’m the young big homie!