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The Gray Lady Winked by Ashley Rindsberg

To hear Ashley Rindsberg tell it, the story behind his journey to get The Gray Lady Winked published was rife with trials and tribulations – and after reading it, it isn’t hard to see why. Rindsberg, a well-traveled author and …

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October 8, 2021   No Comments

Women of the White House by Amy Russo

This is a good time for a new book about First Ladies. They are the forgotten heroes (or is it heroines) of American history, largely eclipsed by the brighter light cast by famous husbands. Their stories have not received the attention they deserve.Read the review »

July 17, 2021   No Comments

Valcour: The 1776 Campaign that Saved the Cause of Liberty

Jack Kelly’s latest history has done as much for Benedict Arnold’s reputation as Kenneth Robert’s Arundel. The difference being, Arundel was a historical novel and Valcour is a thorough treatment of the 1776 campaign to prevent the British from

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June 27, 2021   No Comments

City of Nets

The City of Nets is funny, poignant, historically accurate and totally engrossing. The fantasy characters Hollywood projected on the screen were not as improbable as the people who transformed a California desert into an oasis of dreams, beguiling the nation and the world. Read the review »

May 2, 2020   No Comments

Lady First The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

Amy Greenberg shows Sarah Polk as manipulative, scheming, deceptive, cunning and devoid of inconvenient compassion. But she also depicts a bright, sociable, and charming woman of her time, and in a regal way, attractive.Read the review »

May 19, 2019   No Comments

Daniel Morgan: An Inexplicable Hero

Dr. James Swisher, inspired by the life of Daniel Morgan, wrote an engaging new biography, Daniel Morgan An Inexplicable Hero, which is being published this year posthumously by his son and family. Morgan was a giant in every sense of the word. He participated in many critical events of the American Revolution (The Siege of Quebec, Saratoga, and Cowpens). He transcended his humble beginnings and earned the respect of his compatriots and his enemies. Read the review »

April 1, 2019   No Comments

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   4 Comments

The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 Worlds Fair

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

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

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