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Sentinels of Fire by P.T. Deuterman

This is a novel that will appeal to readers interested in the WWII Pacific theater. The setting is Okinawa, 1945. Although the characters are mostly fictional, the events are very real. The action takes place on a picket line of sixteen radar-equipped destroyers positioned around Okinawa. They are there to warn the Allies of the approach of Japanese kamikaze planes. Sentinels of Fire is the story of a particular destroyer, the USS Malloy. Connie Miles, new chief executive officer, tells it. But although the focus is on the Malloy, it is also the story of the havoc reeked by kamikaze attacks on picket ships and men.Read the review »

January 19, 2015   No Comments

Book Review: The Man who Sold the Moon

This is one of several hundred very old sci-fi paperbacks my folks were dispensing with a few years back. I couldn't bear to let them go, although I don't know that I will live long enough to read all the books I have now. I like what I have read of Heinlein, so I grabbed this one for a quick diversion.Read the review »

January 18, 2015   No Comments

Founders’ Son A Life of Abraham Lincoln By Richard Brookhiser

Founders' Son
So much has been written about the 16th U.S. president that some may wonder what Brookhiser could add that has not already been amply covered. Read on to find out!Read the review »

January 15, 2015   2 Comments

What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life By Marc Leepson

What So Proudly We Hailed
The poem Francis Scott Key wrote on the night of September 13-14, 1814 during the ferocious and crucial Battle of Baltimore made him a celebrity. Although he opposed the War of 1812, having witnessed the British attack upon Baltimore he was moved by patriotic fervor to write the words that became America’s national anthem. No one knows how the poem wound up at a Boston printer the following morning, or who was responsible to setting it to the music of an English drinking song. Key never mentioned it in his letters at the time and only once some 20 years later did he refer to it in a political speech. Yet, except for his authorship, it is unlikely that Key would be remembered today save for his intersections with some historically memorable men. Leepson’s book is the first biography of Francis Scott Key.Read the review »

November 25, 2014   1 Comment

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

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

November 17, 2014   No Comments

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

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 review »

October 31, 2014   7 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 review »

October 28, 2014   No 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 review »

October 22, 2014   No Comments

The Forgotten Conservative By John M. Pafford

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 review »

October 21, 2014   No Comments

The Johnstown Flood By David McCullough

Johnstown Flood
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 review »

October 14, 2014   No Comments