Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley

First Line:  In the beginning was the word.

Last Line:  A self.

Den of Thieves, by James B. Stewart

First Line: Martin A. Siegel hurried through Washington, D.C.'s, National Airport and slipped into a phone booth near the Eastern shuttle gates.

Last Line:  Lipton embraces him, and then says, "I forgive you."

Adventures in the Screen Trade, by William Goldman

First Line:  It may well be pointless to try and isolate the great powers of the movie industry.

Last Line:   We're the ones who first get to make the movie...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Smartest Guys in the Room, by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

First Line:  On a cool Texas night in late January, Cliff Baxter slipped out of bed.

Last Line:  What he believes about Enron and what happened to it has never changed:  "They killed a great company."

The Best Defense, by Alan M. Dershowitz

First Line:  A conspiracy of silence shrouds the American justice system.

 Last Line:  I know of none more honorable than a defense attorney.

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

First Line:  We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing about the world.

Last Line:  If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we would know the mind of God.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney

First Line:  You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning.

Last Line:  You will have to learn everything all over again.