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The First of July by Elizabeth Speller

My second Elizabeth Speller (the first being her non-fiction Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire), The First of July is a novel about four young men and how their stories converge around the Battle of the Somme,… 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 →

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 →

City of Bones – Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly had been around a while before his The Lincoln Lawyer novel, my first Connelly, with his Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch series. City of Bones is my first and surely not the last of my experience in the series. City… Continue Reading →

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel: Harper Lee

In a previous post, I wrote about my experience reading the American Classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s only published novel at that time. Now, she has a sequel in print, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel. From what… 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 →

H.L. Mencken On American Literature

H.L. Mencken On American Literature, is a collection of Mencken’s literary reviews from his 25 year career as a book critic for The Smart Set and, later, The American Mercury magazines. The edition I recently finished was signed by the… Continue Reading →

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