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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

Being on my “to-read” list for several weeks, I finally decided to delve into Buck’s best seller The Oregon Trail when I saw it on display at the local library. Though I never would have sought out this subject on… Continue Reading →

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

My first Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, which I read about 3 years ago, inspired me to read Steve Jobs, mostly because it was written by Isaacson. I was somewhat taken aback by the timing of the publication… 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 →

The Tide At Sunrise: A History of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905 by Denis Ashton Warner, Peggy Warner

When I was a youngster, Dad and I went to see the silent movie classic, Battleship Potemkin, at the Duke University student cinema. Reflecting on the movie decades later, I decided to delve into The Tide at Sunrise, a history… 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.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson

Caberets, beer gardens, Marlene Dietrich and all the characters of the era come alive during this account of Ambassador William Dodd’s diplomatic service in Berlin from 1933 to 1937. My first experience with author Erik Larson proved to be highly… Continue Reading →

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly

When I saw “Patton” at the theater in 1970, I never suspected anything malicious about the General’s death. I thought it was ironic that he had survived the front-line battlefields of two world wars unscathed, only to meet his fate… Continue Reading →

The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss

Having read Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” as a youth, the heroes of those poetic epics have remained embedded in my psyche for decades. Barry Strauss, History and Classics Professor at Cornell University, uses his knowledge and background to discern between what is real, what could be real and what would in all likelihood be pure myth in his book “The Trojan War: A New History”.

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.

The Fall by Albert Camus

My second Camus, The Fall is considered by many to be one of his top 3, the other 2 being The Plague and the one I read earlier this year, The Stranger. Like The Stranger, this short work sends the… Continue Reading →

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