I originally picked up this book at the neighborhood Powell's. I bought it new at the used bookstore for $4.95! Erik, a trustworthy source for non-fiction recommendations, was sure I would like it, so I was excited to find it for such a good price. And then it languished on the shelf for years. Even better---if I get tired of lugging around the actual book*, I was able to borrow it from the Kindle lending library for free. I bet I read a lot of it on my Kindle--I really miss it. With the Subtext trials (1Q84 with you, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair with my friend Barb, and various books with kids), I'm sort of worn out with reading on my iPad.
I actually started to read Charlie Wilson's War just to make sure it would work, and it's the best kind of non-fiction: highly interesting and well-written. I think it will be a "fast" read once I really get into it. Even though it's long, I have 2 weeks of Spring Break at the end of the month, so I feel sure I will be able to finish it.
Have you seen the movie? I enjoyed it, it's a few years old now and stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. I'm already familiar with the story, and that always helps.
*What are we supposed to do these days to distinguish between actual, paper book items and their electronic counterparts. Ebook is so nice and easy.