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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 →

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.

The Golden Age by Gore Vidal

After finishing the last book set in Berlin during the 1930s, I was still in the mood of the period so I picked out Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age for my next read. Though classified as fiction, I would imagine… 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 →

Hiroshima – John Hersey

“Hiroshima”, is perhaps Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey’s greatest work, and according to many, the greatest journalism of the 20th century.

Night of the Fox – Jack Higgins

Sometimes, the time is right for a quick and entertaining read to get your mind off the day to day grind. Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins just happened to appear in front of me so I picked it… Continue Reading →

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

This one was loaned to me by my Father. Upon receiving this short publication, I was reminded of another author I;ve recently read, Harold S. Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”. As it turns out, Kushner,… Continue Reading →

Hugh Ambrose – The Pacific

As a fan of Stephen Ambrose, I felt confident his son would pick up superbly on this initial joint effort following Stephen’s death in the early stages of the creation of this work. The book provoked the HBO miniseries several years ago in which Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks were involved following their work inspired by Ambrose senior’s “Band of Brothers”. This is my fourth book this year on the subject of war in the Pacific during WWII and was a great supplement to my learning experience.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My father was reading a copy of Unbroken loaned to him by an old family friend during the 2011 holiday season. That particular copy was signed by Louie Zamperini at a book-signing.

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