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I'd like to share what I know about: American History, public history, Religious History, Mormonism

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and
Victor Hanson, a classicist, columnist, and senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, presents in this volume a series of gracefully reworked essays and book reviews that (with some occasional …
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography
Some of Agatha Christie's fans may complain that this autobiography does not tell them the things they really want to know, such as why Christie briefly disappeared after her first husband confessed his …
Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation
Smyth's thorough investigation of the daring and successful 1943 deception of German intelligence--probably best known under the name of its officially censored account, The Man Who Never Was (1953)--will …
Shelby Foote: A Writer’s Life (Willie Morris
I will probably irritate Shelby Foote admirers by noting that although Foote was a fearfully gifted writer whose military history of the Civil War will be read for decades, Foote himself was an egotist, …
Killer Spy: Inside Story of the FBI's Pursuit and
The late journalist and crime writer Peter Maas (1929-2001) here presents one important aspect of the Aldrich Ames spy scandal, the FBI's involvement in the case. (The subtitle is crucial to understanding …
Fruits and Plains: The Horticultural
The late historian of science, Philip Pauly, has here provided a series of loosely connected essays about America's horticultural past with emphasis on the identification of usable native plants, the …
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Usually a book's subtitle clarifies its title, especially if it's a pun. In this case, the subtitle misleads by implying that Shapiro will describe (perhaps seriatim) the leading candidates in what is …
Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Modern Library
This is a fine biography, carefully researched and exceptionally well written, certainly worthy of its 1998 Pulitzer nomination. Tanenhaus is sympathetic to his subject but not simple-mindedly so. Chambers …
American Rifle: A Biography
I'm not a gun owner and have no particular interest in guns. (Probably through good luck, I did earn a sharpshooter medal after I was drafted during the Vietnam era.) I became interested in this book …
The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir
Cardoso rightly calls this book a memoir rather than an autobiography because it emphasizes only the author's political career. But Cardoso's political remembrance also serves as a fine introduction to …
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October 02, 2010
Welcome to Lunch Anson! I've been enjoying reading your reviews as I am mostly a non-fiction reader and enjoy history. Is that a photo of you as a boy in your profile pic? I'm a Brand Ambassador here and I am always around to answer any questions you may have. I thought you may enjoy reading @DindyRobinson's take on His Excellency: George Washington. Anyway, make yourself at home and have fun!
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October 03, 2010
Thanks, EcoMama, Yep, that's me as a boy back when the world was black-and-white; so, I'm an immigrant to the digital world and not a native.  All the best, Anson.
October 04, 2010
You're welcome :) I am an immigrant to the digital world as well (don't let my youthful looks deceive you)! All my photos from my childhood until about age 8 are black and white, then both my family and I were using film well into the digital age! I parted with my Nikon film camera just a couple of years ago. Thanks for replying!
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