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Redneck Blacks and White Liberals – Review

Black Rednecks and White Liberals
It is not true that “no one can speak honestly about race.” Thomas Sowell does that and more in this book of essays. “Facts matter,” he writes in the Preface, especially when they challenge widely held beliefs based on false premises.Read the review »

November 8, 2018   2 Comments

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.Read the review »

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.Read the review »

September 8, 2018   No Comments

Young Washington by Peter Stark

young-washington
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. Read the review »

July 4, 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.Read the review »

March 19, 2018   2 Comments

Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocense
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.Read the review »

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.Read the review »

November 4, 2017   No Comments

An Incautious Man

An Incautious Man
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.Read the review »

October 29, 2017   3 Comments

Rise and Fight Again by Spencer C. Tucker

Rise and Fight Again
This short biography of Nathaniel Green is packed with insight and erudition. Harry "Light Horse" sums up the impression with which Tucker leaves his reader:.. pure and tranquil from the consciousness of just intentions, the undisturbed energy of his mind was wholly devoted to the effectual accomplishment of the high trust reposed in him. Read the review »

January 2, 2017   No Comments

The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

The Great Good Thing
Sardonic and hilarious conservative novelist, screenwriter, columnist, and commentator Andrew Klavan has written an autobiographical account of his intellectual life. The Great Good Thing covers only those aspects of Klavan's life that relate to his metamorphosis from an anti-intellectual, secular Jew, to an intellectual Christian obsessed with knowing the "why" of things. His was an intellectual conversion as much as a spiritual one. Read the review »

December 31, 2016   1 Comment