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

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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

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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   No Comments

The Fox and The Hound by Donald E. Markle

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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

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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

Totalitarianism from Inside and Out

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2 for 1 book review, with some observations on the side.Read the review »

October 9, 2014   3 Comments

Book Review: Isaac’s Storm

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Isaac's Storm is about the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900, the nascent National Weather Service ... and their spectacular and criminal incompetence.Read the review »

October 4, 2014   No Comments

Book Review: Thunderstruck

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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

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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