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July 2013

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Of course I’ve heard of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and the “beat” movement, but until recently, did not realize how much my life has been influenced through music, movies and literature sparked by the “postmodern” generation.

Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

From the immensely popular Brazilian author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra is not a novel but a guide to using ancient wisdom to handle the conundrums of life. More than once has Khalil Gibran’s “The Profit”… Continue Reading →

Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor

Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.

Somme – Lyn Macdonald

The First World War was an absolute transformation of warfare from the Victorian to the modern era of the 20th century. The “Big Push” was a major Allied offensive into the German lines at the northern end of the western… Continue Reading →

The Path Between the Seas, the creation of the Panama Canal, 1870 to 1914 – David McCullough

Think you’re knowledgeable of the Panama Canal? Read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough and you may realize that what you thought was fact is far from accurate. For example, contrary to what most people take for granted, the canal actually runs in a southeasterly direction from the Atlantic Side to the Pacific side. McCullough has the ability to take the most bland history topic and make the reader wish to write a thesis on the subject matter.

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle

Before Custer’s last stand and the massacre at Wounded Knee, there was President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, a policy that took three painful decades to bring to fruition.

Nachfolge (The Cost of Discipleship) – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Of all works of the great theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, including Ethics, Letters and Papers From Prison, Life Together, and Act and Being, The Cost of Discipleship” is generally the most well known.

“The Screwtape Letters” – C.S. Lewis

Having been on my “to read” list for a few months, I finally got my hands on a copy of “The Screwtape Letters” by renowned British author C.S. Lewis.