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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 rest of this entry »

November 25, 2014   1 Comment

Screwing With The Source Code

It is not a bad thing to understand something fully. However, no one has the time or intellectual capacity to fully understand everything.Read the rest of this entry »

November 24, 2014   3 Comments

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 rest of this entry »

November 17, 2014   No Comments

The Republican Wave – A post-election recap

Heading into last week’s election it looked like it would be a good day for Republicans. Some predicted a wave and it turned out to be such. I think even Iowa’s Joni Ernst was seen carrying s surfboard. Here is …

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November 12, 2014   2 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 rest of this entry »

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 rest of this entry »

October 28, 2014   No Comments

Stalin and Us | Nina Khrushcheva

Stalin's rehabilitation is under way.Read the rest of this entry »

October 27, 2014   1 Comment

CD Review: Sonny Landreth, From the Reach

The music on this CD is an homage to a lot of great guitarists - including Sonny himself. The slide guitar work is awesome. The album is a veritable cornucopia of talents, with guitarists like Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Robben Ford, and Eric Johnson.Read the rest of this entry »

October 25, 2014   1 Comment

California: Where yes means yes – maybe!

The party of free love suddenly discovers that it isn’t exactly free. Fortunately, they know who will pay the bill and the collection agency is, naturally, the government.Read the rest of this entry »

October 24, 2014   2 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 rest of this entry »

October 22, 2014   No Comments