That thought occurred to me as I was looking, for a possible review, at a book coming out later this year. The first sign that something was wrong was when I was 15 pages into it and I still really had no idea of what it was about. (I knew it was about some aspect of modern warfare, but no indication of what this book was bringing to the party.)
But the red warning light came on when the authors started using lots of italicized words. That’s a sure sign that the writing isn’t really doing its job. The more writers use italics to make their points, the less persuasive those points tend to be.
I get hundreds of books a year in the mail. At any given time, I have about 60 to 80 waiting to get their turn. Almost every one eventually gets about 15 to 30 minutes from me to persuade me to stick with it. I’ll usually check the introduction and conclusion before rejecting a book for review. But because I have so many on hand, I really am looking for reasons to put a book down. I realized that italics are one of the signs.
PS--After I wrote the above, another heavily italicized book arrived. It was a deeply troubled tome, trying to be readable but laden with academic clichés.
Btw, I generally only try to review good books. There are so many bad books that there is no reason to call attention to them, unless other people are calling a bad book good.
If the Pentagon had to take Consumer Math class in high school, they'd flunk.
The U.S. military—correction, the U.S. taxpayer—is spending more money to buy fewer weapons. The reason? Poor acquisition practices, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
"DOD's 2018 portfolio of major weapon programs has grown in cost by $8 billion, but contains four fewer systems than last year," GAO found.
He's an Oklahoman and an Air Force vet, an actor and martial artist. The intensity of his badassery formed the basis of one of the earliest and most ubiquitous internet memes. He's a fictional member of Delta Force and a Texas Ranger, his beard a source of such virile endurance and strength that it makes Samson's biblical mane look like a bouquet of hobo pubes.
Now, Norris will live forever as the ultimate instrument of righteousness: an M1 Abrams tank.