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The Cost Of Liberty The Life of John Dickinson by William Murchison

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Author, William Murchison’s clear and crisp writing style describes an under-appreciated, and indeed, often-misrepresented founding father, John Dickinson.Read the rest of this entry »

November 17, 2014   No Comments

The Republican Wave – A post-election recap

Heading into last week’s election it looked like it would be a good day for Republicans. Some predicted a wave and it turned out to be such. I think even Iowa’s Joni Ernst was seen carrying s surfboard. Here is …

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November 12, 2014   2 Comments

American Queen The Rise and fall of Kate Chase Sprague By John Oller

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Although billed as the rise and fall of Kate Sprague Chase, this story is inseparable from that of her father, the brilliant, ambitious and ethically challenged Salmon Chase. The author brings into focus a master of political intrigue and a beautiful, ambitious and resourceful woman who was determined to live life on her own terms. Oller’s book evokes an era and the American Queen who, for a time, ruled it. Read the rest of this entry »

October 31, 2014   No Comments

The Fox and The Hound by Donald E. Markle

The Fox and The Hound
While Washington’s role in this book is certainly at the forefront in parts, Markle has really documented the birth of American spying as his subtitle suggests. There was a lot more intelligence gathering going on during the Revolution than just what was being produced by the Culper spy ring around NY. Read the rest of this entry »

October 28, 2014   No Comments

Stalin and Us | Nina Khrushcheva

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Stalin's rehabilitation is under way.Read the rest of this entry »

October 27, 2014   1 Comment

CD Review: Sonny Landreth, From the Reach

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The music on this CD is an homage to a lot of great guitarists - including Sonny himself. The slide guitar work is awesome. The album is a veritable cornucopia of talents, with guitarists like Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Robben Ford, and Eric Johnson.Read the rest of this entry »

October 25, 2014   1 Comment

California: Where yes means yes – maybe!

The party of free love suddenly discovers that it isn’t exactly free. Fortunately, they know who will pay the bill and the collection agency is, naturally, the government.Read the rest of this entry »

October 24, 2014   2 Comments

World War Z – Audio Production (Abridged)

Even if you’re not into zombies, the world war z abridged audio production of World War Z is worth a listen.Read the rest of this entry »

October 22, 2014   No Comments

The Forgotten Conservative By John M. Pafford

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At least eight biographies of Grover Cleveland have been written, most far more extensive than this one. However, for the reader whose knowledge of Cleveland is limited, as was this reviewer’s, it is sufficient. Or it could promote a desire to know more.Read the rest of this entry »

October 21, 2014   No Comments

The Johnstown Flood By David McCullough

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David McCullough is an exacting historian and a skilled writer. His biographies and accounts of significant structures and events are always absorbing. This reviewer had heard of the Johnstown Flood but knew little of the circumstances or the people involved. Somehow McCullough injects suspense into an event that occurred 125 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

October 14, 2014   No Comments