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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 rest of this entry »

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 rest of this entry »

October 14, 2014   No Comments

Totalitarianism from Inside and Out

2 for 1 book review, with some observations on the side.Read the rest of this entry »

October 9, 2014   3 Comments

Book Review: Isaac’s Storm

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

October 4, 2014   No Comments

Climate march of the tyrants

Lucky for most of us, the recent People’s Climate March skipped most of the world and settled in Manhattan and a few other places. There the climate change groupies performed, as they normally do, a parody of themselves.Read the rest of this entry »

September 29, 2014   8 Comments

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 rest of this entry »

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 rest of this entry »

September 25, 2014   No Comments


There is a difference between recognizing that there is a higher Good in the sense of the True, and the Beautiful, and denying its existence while simultaneously trying to create it without a pattern upon which to base the design.Read the rest of this entry »

September 22, 2014   1 Comment

The Arroyo

The Arroyo is an absorbing depiction of porous borders, the marauders who cross it with impunity and the illegals they control and sometimes rape and kill. It is superbly acted and directed. Too bad Congress cannot be required to view it.Read the rest of this entry »

September 18, 2014   2 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 rest of this entry »

September 17, 2014   1 Comment