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The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 Worlds Fair

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Creighton focuses on the societal and cultural significance of the Buffalo fair but stops just short of drawing unsupported conclusions and says what she has to say in a plausible and thoughtful manner. Creighton weaves her observations throughout her tale of assassination, romance, kidnapping, and crazy women riding the rapids of Niagara Falls. And, if that's not enough, there are lions and tigers, elephants, monkeys and socialists.

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September 9, 2018   No Comments

Dr, Benjamin Rush The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation

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As one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush qualifies as a Founder. Yet, few people today know his name. That is unfortunate because he was a remarkable man and his memory should be preserved. That is what historian Harlow Giles Unger intended by writing this biography.

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September 8, 2018   No Comments

Young Washington by Peter Stark

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In writing his new book, Young Washington, Peter Stark utilizes an imagination fueled by his experience as an outdoorsmen both prior to, and in preparation for his reconstruction of the man Washington was before he became the man he wanted to me.

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July 4, 2018   No Comments

Happy Independence Day!

Today when we commemorate the blessings bequeathed to us by the Founders is a good time to remember that those blessings come with responsibilities. It seems fitting that this should be our annual post on this day.

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July 4, 2018   24 Comments

Review: The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

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This is an excellent book on many levels. The husband-and-wife team of Cloud (former Washington bureau chief for Time) and Olson (former Moscow correspondent for Associated Press) pierce the smog of time to recall The Murrow Boys. They were broadcast journalists who both reported history and made it. In an accompanying chronicle, the authors’ describe radio’s glory days, its decline, and its impact on American life.

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May 12, 2018   No Comments

Review: Roosevelt and Holocaust: How FDR Saved the Jews and Brought Hope to a Nation

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Irony or cognitive dissonance? The author admits to admiring President Roosevelt. He had, (and has) plenty of company. Many, if not most American Jews idolize Roosevelt for saving the Jews from the Holocaust. Beir’s book makes that assertion doubtful.

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March 19, 2018   2 Comments

Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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Like many of the books we read at WWTFT and sometimes review, this one falls into the category of "better late than never." Marcia reviews this 1921 Pulitzer Prize winning classic and contemplates its subtle message.

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January 14, 2018   1 Comment

The Unexpected President

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The Unexpected President is an aptly named biography of Chester A. Arthur. The oft-used subtitle, The Life and Times of …, is also very fitting. Greenberger gives the reader a clear picture of what life was like in New York in the mid 19th century and highlights several of his subject’s contemporaries in telling Arthur’s story. In fact, the book is as much about Arthur's times and contemporaries as it is about Arthur.

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November 4, 2017   No Comments

An Incautious Man

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The Founders, however admirable, were people with faults and foibles. This might seem obvious, but for many biographers who devote years studying their subjects, it's easy to engage in hero worship without realizing it. Though she is not guilty of this, as a reader it's particularly easy to do when one reads Melanie Randolph Miller's biography of Gouverneur Morris.

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October 29, 2017   3 Comments

Tied up in knots at Berkeley

There is big trouble at Berkeley. Sure, there is plenty of anti-free speech thuggery going on there, perpetrated by fascists – also known as the students and faculty. But that’s not necessarily what I’m referring to. Researchers at the University …



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May 15, 2017   No Comments