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posted "Flying off the handle" about Birdmen: The Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies.   Thursday
Flying off the handle
The history of the Wright brothers and the invention of powered flight has been well-covered and usually from the position of admiring the brothers
rated The Fifties a 3.0.   Wednesday
posted "His stories about the Fifties" about The Fifties.   Wednesday
His stories about the Fifties
My title for this review works both ways.         Halberstam writes in classic narrative history style when tackling a
posted "Heroes and villains go down with the ship" about The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of journalism.   August 31
Heroes and villains go down with the shi
Teddy Roosevelt has always been such a ridiculously heroic figure in American history, and from my high school history classes I dimly associate the m
rated Jerusalem: City of longing a 5.0.   August 15
posted "Stones crying out" about Jerusalem: City of longing.   August 15
Stones crying out
I went to the library with a newer book on the history of Jerusalem on my wish list, but when I got to the shelf and saw how many pages it was I reali
added Jerusalem: City of longing.   August 15
rated 1177 B.C.: The year civilization collapsed a 1.0.   August 12
posted "The Five W's of the end of the Bronze Age" about 1177 B.C.: The year civilization collapsed.   August 12
The Five W's of the end of the Bronze Ag
Cline uses archeology, inscriptions, contemporary document caches, and ancient historical text (including the Bible and Homer's Greek history/lege
posted "Lost, but never for words" about The Story of the Jews: Finding the words 1000 BC - 1492 AD.   August 09
Lost, but never for words
Schama has been a popular and prolific narrative historian covering topics as diverse as the French Revolution, American history, and now this history
review of Why science does not disprove God, "What science isn't" was complimented.   August 01
posted "What science isn't" about Why science does not disprove God.   August 01
What science isn't
Aczel sets and completes a simple challenge in this book well described by his title.  He doesn't try to prove that God exists, or that scien
added and rated Why science does not disprove God a 3.0.   August 01
posted "Why read what matters?" about The Edge of the precipice: Why read literature in the digital age.   July 30
Why read what matters?
This slim fast-reading collection of essays tackles the title question from many perspectives along two main tangents.      The
posted "Google is for this" about Life's imponderables: The answers to civilization's most perplexing questions.   July 19
Google is for this
Other than the fact that I review every book I read, I might have skipped writing a review of this omnibus collection of "Imponderables.". B
posted "Adventure stories with a serious bite" about Death dance: True life and death adventures from Alaska to Africa.   July 13
Adventure stories with a serious bite
Nolan is a wildlife biologist, filmmaker, guide, and adventure junkie who has worked for years in Alaska and Africa.  Along the way he has writte
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