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Book Review: Thunderstruck

Erik Larson's Thunderstruck reads like a novel, but it isn't. It's a non-fiction history of the invention of wireless telegraphy and a famous murder. Read the review »

September 27, 2014   No Comments

John Marshall by Harlow Giles Unger

John Marshall
This is an extensively researched biography of a man who is too little remembered today. It’s become a cliché to say that a book reads like a novel, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Unger is a superb writer whose books have often been reviewed on this blog. Each one seems better than the last. We look forward to the next one. Read the review »

September 25, 2014   No Comments

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts

Arundel is an entertaining and highly informative story, and it is clear that Roberts did a lot of research. This reader learned a lot from reading it, and independently verified some of what Roberts had to say, following the trail whose origins the author thankfully included in a brief bibliography at the end of the book.Read the review »

September 17, 2014   1 Comment

Book Review: The Lady or The Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton

Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover.Read the review »

September 13, 2014   No Comments

Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon

A lighthearted meld of Patrick O'Brian and Christopher PaoliniRead the review »

September 6, 2014   No Comments

Book Review: The Tipping Point

Tipping Point seems to remind us that sometimes if we take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.Read the review »

August 23, 2014   1 Comment

When Washington Burned An Illustrated History of the War of 1812

When Washington Burned
If one is looking for a book that summarizes the Second War of Independence, as to the War of 1812 has often been referred, this is the book. There is something in this book for the aficionado as well as for the uninitiated. When Washington Burned is beautifully bound and richly illustrated volume which takes the reader through the war, start to finish.Read the review »

August 11, 2014   No Comments

Book Review: Franco, The Man and His Nation

Franco was more than just a fascist dictator, and certainly no Nazi. The biographer, George Hills, did meticulous research and conducted extensive interviews with many of the participants in the Spanish civil war. He neither deifies nor demonizes Franco in his book.Read the review »

July 30, 2014   No Comments

The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot By Gertrude Himmelfarb

A review of a review! Well, sort of. WWTFT examines Gertrude Himmelfarb's book on George Eliot. Eliot, born Mary Jane Evans, was a free thinker who wrote of the pseudonym perhaps as a way to gain more respect for her work - or to shield her lifestyle. Whatever the reason, Eliot is considered to be one of the best novelists of her time - except for her final work, which even today is not appreciated by many critics. Himmelfarb looks at why this might be.Read the review »

July 29, 2014   1 Comment

Book Review: Librivox Recording of The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is fast paced reading/listening and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read the review »

July 19, 2014   No Comments