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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 →

FOLLOWING HADRIAN – A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire by Elizabeth Speller

It took me a few chapters to get accustomed to the author’s use of English, and after feeling a little perturbed, I did some online research, only to find that her usage is correct. Afterall, the author is an English… Continue Reading →

Hillary – Her True Story by Norman King

Though not the most well-written book I’ve read of late, and not extremely detailed about the still evolving life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real value of the book was personal, in that it reawakened feelings from those years, not… Continue Reading →

Truman – David McCullough

One of the very few authors I know of who can produce a one thousand page epoch that reads like a page-turning, overnight, pulp-fiction thriller, and that is David McCullough. You can always tell a good book when you begin to dread it as you near the end and become emotional over well-known events that happened decades ago.

Mellon: An American Life – David Cannadine

Though still fairly prominent in America, the “Mellon Millions” have dissipated considerably over the years. My first Cannadine, Mellon: An American Life revitalizes the family name and chronicles not only Andrew’s life but recounts the lives of his father Thomas and grandfather Andrew, as they came to this country seeking to fulfill a dream. A dream which came to fruition and beyond.

Edison; A Life of Invention – Paul Israel

Thomas Alva Edison was a great inventor and an iconic American figure. I only wished I had chose a different biography of the man. The book wasn’t bad necessarily, it was just… well read my review.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Like American icons and Founding Fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin are linked to the period of the American Revolutionary War, Lincoln is associated with the horrific growing pains experienced during the American Civil War, however, Lincoln’s feats extend far beyond the boundaries of our own nation, transcending to global proportions.

First Family – Abigail & John Adams by Joseph Ellis

My second Joseph Ellis, I’ve come to enjoy his ‘to the point’, ‘no frills’ style of writing. Though McCullough’s “John Adams”, which is cited by Ellis, provides a more in depth and detailed version of much of the same material, Ellis tells it in fewer words, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

The name George Washington is so deeply ingrained into American culture, that it would be easy to dismiss reading his biography as old hat and blase. Sometimes, however, it is good to go ahead and dive into a biography like that anyway – perhaps there is new insight to be gained into an old, familiar character.

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