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Nathaniel Philbrick, Master of the High Seas and Beyond

In the Fall of 2006, an acquaintance of mine lent me a stack of books that he had recently finished. The top one was Mayflower by an author I had not yet heard of. The subject matter seemed a little… 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 →

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.

John Adams – David McCullough

After indulging in several non-fictions of the founding years of our nation, John Adams was, for me, the glue that pulled them all together into a coherent understanding of the way it all went down.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a War – Nathaniel Philbrick

Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

A leading proponent of the “New Journalism” style of writing, Truman Capote’s greatest work, In Cold Blood, is a true crime “nonfiction novel” that started a genre.”

The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #4) – Robert A. Caro

It hard to believe that 50 years will have passed this coming November 22nd, of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a day that I still remember as if it were yesterday. The word in the air at… Continue Reading →

The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert A. Caro

Caro in 2012Photo: Wikipedia I can’t wait to get a hold of this one! As soon as my father finishes this, it will be my next reading project. Dad is an avid reader, especially of American history, however he has… Continue Reading →

The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible – Matti Friedman

Dan Brown revisited the biblical theme with his fiction novels The Da Vinci Code and Demons and Angels, bringing one to reflect upon the days of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark. My interest developed into a research… Continue Reading →

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