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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 →

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 →

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 →

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.

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.

The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Not only a biographical account of two of our greatest presidents during times of tremendous change, this work by 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin, details the birth and impact of investigative (muckraking) reporting on society in… Continue Reading →

The American Presidents – David C. Whitney

In my continuing study of American history, David C. Whitney’s 1969 edition of “The American Presidents” brought all the previously read biographies of our Presidents together.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power – Jon Meacham

My research on the origination of our country continues with Jon Meacham’s highly rated Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, published last year (2012).

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic – Joseph J. Ellis

My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.

Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

Last year, I read Walter Isaacson’s “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” which describes the importance of Thomas Paine’s original “Common Sense” published in 1776, a catalyst of the war for independence of our 13 colonies from the control of Great… Continue Reading →

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