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Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

At first glance, I thought this was a comedy but noticing that it is a bestselling work of nonfiction consisting of nearly 500 pages, I figured there must be something worthwhile to be gleaned from it. Salt: A World History… Continue Reading →

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Two things about this book sparked my interest when it first hit the shelves earlier this year, “traitor” Benedict Arnold and “author” Nathaniel Philbrick.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II – Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Ordinary Time, is an historical account of FDR and First Lady Eleanor on the domestic front during the years of World War II. Perhaps because it occurred it the not so distant past, Goodwin’s portrayal of the Presidential couple… Continue Reading →

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

The great American classic Moby Dick is one that I missed in my required reading in school. It wasn’t until I picked-up Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, which is the basis for Melville’s opus, that I discovered how… Continue Reading →

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History – Brian Kilmeade

Curious about a relatively little known period of our nations’ early growing pains, I knew this was a must read as soon as I saw the title. See larger image Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That… Continue Reading →

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – Daniel James Brown

My favorite read of 2015, The Boys in the Boat was reminiscent of a favorite of mine, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

Another example of a book on a topic that may not seem all that interesting at first, but draws the reader in by emitting the enthusiasm of the characters and the author. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for… Continue Reading →

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

Not knowing much about the celebrated entrepreneur, I was anxious to take on this highly acclaimed biography of the man behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance My… Continue Reading →

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency By Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard

Having read all of the “Killing” series, with the exception of Killing Kennedy, I’ve found all of O’Reilly’s books to be enjoyable, informative and without “spin”. Being a Republican by tradition, my experiences through the Reagan years were some of… Continue Reading →

Cronkite by Douglas G. Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite is like a nostalgic review of the events of my own life, beginning with the final year of Ike’s presidency. In fact, one episode of The Twenty-first Century with Walter Cronkite, contained a segment… Continue Reading →

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Wright Brothers had a prominent presence in my youth as our family lived in Dayton during my father’s years stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and our years in North Carolina where we would venture to the outer-banks and… Continue Reading →

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Erik Larson

Though the global impact of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat has faded some since it occurred a century ago, Erik Larson brings it back to life with this novellike account of the ill-fated voyage. Dead Wake:… Continue Reading →

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