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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 →

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.

Somme – Lyn Macdonald

The First World War was an absolute transformation of warfare from the Victorian to the modern era of the 20th century. The “Big Push” was a major Allied offensive into the German lines at the northern end of the western… Continue Reading →

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle

Before Custer’s last stand and the massacre at Wounded Knee, there was President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, a policy that took three painful decades to bring to fruition.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas

So far this year, my book list has included some of the most enjoyable reading I’ve experienced in years. Earlier this year, I delved into Eric Metaxas biography of the great theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, after being prompted by the subject frequently arising in recent discussions.

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