The book jacket describes the contents as “A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.” It is all of that and more. The protagonist is Louis Zamperini who, at the hands of his Japanese captors, survived torture, starvation and sadism that plumb the depths of human evil. It is also the story of the men who endured those horrific conditions with him.
October 30, 2013 1 Comment
Many in this country are wondering these days if there isn’t a way to have a do-over of the 2012 election. Some might even be thinking the 2008 election ought to be re-done too. What brought this on, you ask? Well, quite possibly the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections. Elections, as Democrats are fond of telling anyone who’ll listen (and even those who aren’t listening), have consequences. And these two elections have left us with some doozies.
October 29, 2013 No Comments
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refuses to testify before a planned hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She claims she has scheduling conflicts. She’s just too busy. According to the WSJ, Henry Chao, the technology guru for the Affordable Health Care Act is also invisible’ ditto other officials who might be asked to explain the insurance exchange foul up.
October 28, 2013 2 Comments
“Mr. President”: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office by Harlow Giles Unger
Mr. President is Unger’s best book to date. Unger doesn’t make a single faulty step in his project to show how Washington framed the office of the president. His research shows through in his writing and he supports his contentions with footnotes as well as logic. Unger credits Dr. John P. Kaminsky at the onset, for his help on the project. Kaminsky is a scholar of some considerable renown that this reviewer had the honor of interviewing a few years ago. In any case, this, like each of the last several of Unger’s books has been better than the last.
October 28, 2013 No Comments
Stahr‘s extensively researched biography is also a sweeping history of the years before and after the Civil War. It could not be otherwise. William Henry Seward, helped shape, not only those tumultuous years, but also our own time.
This book belongs in the library of anyone seriously interested in American history in general, and the Civil War period in particular. Walter Stahr is both an astute biographer and a gifted writer. It’s a cliché to say that he makes history come alive, but it is the truth.
October 22, 2013 No Comments
Sons of The Father is a collection of essays written mostly by academic historians. The scholarship of the authors is readily apparent in the quality of the writing. But the essays were not the dry academic prose one might expect from snooty academics. They were uniformly interesting and each culminated in a very useful bibliography tied to the footnotes that the writers used to support their various theses.
October 17, 2013 No Comments
October 1, 2013 could be considered the new “Black Tuesday.” That was the day the government rolled out the Health Insurance Marketplace website. This, of course, is the website for the insurance exchanges required as part of the Obamacare law. Although the Obama administration has tried its best to put on a smiley face, there is no denying this so far has been, much like the Obama foreign policy, the Obama domestic policy, the Obama economic policy, etc., an unmitigated disaster.
October 15, 2013 4 Comments
A good book with a disappointing conclusion. It is not possible to know how history might have been different had Lincoln lived and his less punitive plan for the South implemented. Arguably, an alternative conclusion to the author’s is that Radical reconstruction, far from deserving applause, prolonged and intensified the rancor between the races in the South, delayed economic recovery for the region and impeded civil rights for black Americans.
October 8, 2013 No Comments
The appellation “Obama Administration” is outdated. Obama Regime is more accurate. Regimes unlike constitutional governments, rule by imposition and by fiat: If the emperor/king doesn’t like a law, he refuses to enforce it. If there is no law to do his bidding, he conjures up a regulation to do what he wants done. The wishes and prerogatives of the regime take precedence over the wants and needs of those it perceives as its subjects.
October 4, 2013 3 Comments
The government shutdown may have just cost me $300.
If I thought we could get rid of Obama’s signature piece of legislation, I, and a lot of other people would happily pay ten times that amount.
October 3, 2013 2 Comments