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Band of Giants by Jack Kelly

Band of Giants
Band of Giants is a book about great characters who overcame, what seems in retrospect, nearly insurmountable odds to beat the world's foremost military and naval power. In the space of a short few hundred pages author Jack Kelly takes the reader through the War of Independence from start to finish, lingering here and there to illuminate some of the fantastic characters who achieved the seemingly impossible. Kelly points out that men like Hamilton, Lafayette, Henry Knox, Anthony Wayne, and Nathaniel Greene, to name a few, "... had fought with the intensity of youth. They had taken the risks that come easily to the young, had seen with the clarity of youth, had dreamed the dreams of youth. They beheld the phantasmagoria of possibilities that is visible only to the young. They had persevered, they had won. They were, as Lafayette had long ago marveled, "a band of giants.""Read the rest of this entry »

April 13, 2015   No Comments

Miraculous Staircase

A few years ago, my wife and I went to Santa Fe and had the opportunity to see the miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel.  This is definitely an incredible thing.

This chapel served as a convent and when completed …

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April 12, 2015   1 Comment

Book Review: Retro

This story revolves around 2 murders and takes the reader back in time 50 years, to when racial tensions were high, and the fight game wasn't as sophisticated as it was later to become. A black fighter is murdered, and nearly 50 years later his illegitimate son is killed with the same gun. The descriptions of the times are vivid and interesting.Read the rest of this entry »

April 11, 2015   No Comments

Their Last Full Measure The Final Days of the Civil War By Joseph Wheelan

Wheelan has written a powerful and absorbing account of the final days of the Civil War. He includes Lincoln’s assassination, the manhunt that followed and the failure of Reconstruction, as well as the post war lives of key military and civilian figures. Even readers steeped in Civil War history will find it worth their time and attention. Read the rest of this entry »

April 7, 2015   No Comments

Framing an Argument

Do I own my person? Do I get to choose for whom I wish to work? Looking at the kerfuffle in Indiana a different way might shed light on the real issues.Read the rest of this entry »

April 6, 2015   4 Comments

Hypothetical Pizza

In which Curtice envisions a hypothetical conversation about a hypothetical pizza.Read the rest of this entry »

April 4, 2015   1 Comment

Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan

Werewolf Cop
Klavan's latest novel is both entertaining and thought provoking. It's the story Zach Adams, dubbed "The Supercop" by the press, after saving a child from a ruthless psychopath. But this cop, is no ordinary superhero - he's a werewolf!Read the rest of this entry »

March 28, 2015   No Comments

The Return of George Washington by Edward J. Larson

The Return of George Washington
The title of this book seems to indicate that during the years between George Washington's voluntary relinquishing of his command at Annapolis and his assumption of the presidency, he was truly retired from public service. In reality The Return of George Washington is perhaps a bit of a misnomer, once the facts are known.Read the rest of this entry »

March 24, 2015   2 Comments

Race away from Starbucks – and fast! (Part II)

Starbucks has issued a new edict to employees. After just one week, the company has ended what it referred to as the first phase of its “Race Together” campaign. The first phase consisted of writing the same “Race Together” slogan …

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March 24, 2015   1 Comment

Race away from Starbucks – and fast!

As has been widely reported, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants to talk about race relations. Actually, he doesn’t want to talk about it as much as he wants his employees to engage customers in the subject. There is really nothing …

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March 23, 2015   1 Comment