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reviewed The Great Pearl Heist: London's Great.... January 10, 2013
The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace
"Grizzard had any number of methods from which to choose for the heist. With his decades of experience, he had worked both as a burglar and receiver. Broker and dealer. Jeweler and thief. He and his gang …
Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert
This is a story that I have read more times than I care to remember. Back in 1903 a total of 602 people, mostly women and children, perished in a fire at a matinee at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. …
American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation
When you really stop and think about it, attempting to write a history of trees in a country as massive and geographically diverse as the United States is necessarily a gargantuan undertaking.  …
Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock
On September 4, 1957 Will Counts was just a guy out there doing his job. Will was a photographer for the "Arkansas Democrat" afternoon newspaper and he had been assigned to cover a momentous …
reviewed Can A Catholic Be A Democrat?. April 13, 2012
Can A Catholic Be A Democrat?
Needless to say today's national Democratic party bears precious little resemblance to the political party that our parents and grandparents were so loyal to. In years gone by the Democratic party …
Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material
You might think that a book about the history of concrete would make for some mighty lame reading. I must admit that this was my initial reaction when I happened upon Robert Courland's new book "Concrete …
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America
Central to the thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was his vision of what he referred to as the "Beloved Community" which was essentially "a completely integrated society, a community …
Why Has America Stopped Inventing?
Author Darin Gibby is a patent lawyer who has become increasingly frustrated with the cumbersome patent process here in the United States.  He believes that the unreasonably …
Dethroning The King: The Hostile Takever of Anheuser-Busch, An American Icon
The company had been an institution in the city of St. Louis for more than a century.  As the story begins to unfold in 2008 Anheuser-Busch was still a global icon and the last of the major brewers …
A Sea In Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout
Carl Safina sounds angry and Lord knows he has a right to be.  As a noted author and highly-respected conservationist Safina was simultaneously sickened and emotionally devastated by just about everything …
reviewed Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and t.... November 12, 2011
posted in Green Living
Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
"About our food empire, the doomsayers will continue to grumble while the optimists put their faith in technology or God.  The pessimists at least have the backing of history.  For ten …
Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens The Aermican Way of Life
"China's aggressive actions in Africa and elsewhere to secure long-term supplies of increasingly scarce natural resources have implications well beyond what Americans pay for their gasoline, cell phones, …
reviewed Suicide of A Superpower: Will America.... October 28, 2011
Suicide of A Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?
Imagine an America where every major city from coast-to coast looks like Los Angeles.  Sound far-fetched?  According to author, syndicated columnist and conservative political commentator Pat …
reviewed The Great American Awakening: Two Yea.... October 21, 2011
posted in Politics Your Way
The Great American Awakening: Two Years That Changed American, Washington, and Me
When Jim DeMint of South Carolina was elected to the United States Senate in 2004 he hardly expected to become a household name.  After all, DeMint had represented South Carolina's 4th Congressional …
William F. Buckley Jr: The Maker Of A Movement
According to those who knew him best these were the three guiding principles in the extraordinary life of William F. Buckley Jr.  It can be argued that from his days as an undergraduate at Yale until …
reviewed How To Survive The Titanic or The Sin.... October 12, 2011
How To Survive The Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
In the Congressional investigation that was conducted in New York City just days after the tragic sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 J. Bruce Ismay claimed that he was nothing more than a passenger …
Living Large: From SUVs to Double Ds, Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better
Frankly, I could never quite understand the mentality.  When I was growing up it was every parents dream that their children would simply have a bit better life than the one that they experienced. …
reviewed After America: Get Ready For Armageddon. August 25, 2011
After America: Get Ready For Armageddon
And that is really the crux of the problem isn't it? Common sense dictates that redistributing wealth from future generations to the present is pure folly. Now there can really be only two explanations …
reviewed The Tea Party Goes To Washington. August 12, 2011
posted in Public Policy
The Tea Party Goes To Washington
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." ---Thomas Jefferson      Truer words were never spoken. Tea Party …
Of Thee I Zing
Several years ago I received copy of a book by the conservative commentator and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham as a birthday gift. Now I really like Laura and the things she stands for but I must …
The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, A Life
Clearly the time had come.  The people of France had grown weary of an increasingly repressive monarchy that had stood for more than a thousand years.  Winds of change were in the air and buoyed …
reviewed High Stakes: The Rising Cost of Ameri.... July 08, 2011
posted in Public Policy
High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction
There's just  no doubt about it.  The incidence of problem and pathological gambling in this country has been on the rise for quite some time now.  The emerging problem was chronicled …
The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get The College Education You Paid For
He came out of nowhere in 1974 to become the first Republican mayor of the city Providence, R.I. in four decades. Before long he was hobnobbing with President Gerald Ford at the White House and was viewed …
The Raging Sea
Watching the heartbreaking reports eminating from the East Coast of Japan one cannot help but be dumbfounded by the awesome power of Mother Nature and the fragility of our existence on this …
reviewed Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of A Wo.... February 14, 2011
Aspirin The Remarkable Story of A Wonder Drug
As the title suggests, this is indeed a remarkable tale that unfolds over a period of some 3000 years. In "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of A Wonder Drug" British author Diarmuid Jeffreys has …
reviewed Providence: The Renaissance City. February 04, 2011
Providence The Renaissance City
It is a truly extraordinary transformation. Thirty years ago if you were brave enough to walk around downtown Providence, Rhode Island after dark it was quite concievable that you would not encounter …
Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
He had been President of the United States for a mere 70 days. Most historians agree that the Reagan administration had gotten off to a rather lackluster start and was struggling to gain traction. But …
reviewed Honor Killing: How The Infamous "Mass.... January 27, 2011
Honor Killing How The Infamous Massie Affair Tran
To be honest, I had never ever even heard of the bizarre and extremely unfortunate events that took place in the U.S. territory of Hawaii back in 1931 and 1932.  But the truth is that the events …
Beautiful Jim Key
Though a good deal of the written history of the horse known as Beautiful Jim Key has been lost to the ravages of time, enough evidence remains to indicate that his is indeed a truly remarkable story.  …
Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape From The Notorious Civil War Prison
It has been referred to as "The Bastille of the South".  In March 1862 General John Winder informed a man named Luther Libby,  a Maine native and Richmond businessman that the Confederate …
reviewed New Threats To Freedom: From Banning .... September 22, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
New Threats To Freedom: From Banning Ice Cream Trucks In Brooklyn To Abandoning Democracy Around The World
As this conservative observer sees it the attacks on personal freedom in this country by the Obama administration and their allies in Congress over the past two years has been nothing short of breathtaking.  …
reviewed Mighty Fitz: The Story of the Edmund .... September 14, 2010
Mighty Fitz The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
"Mighty Fitz: The Story of the Edmund Fitzgerald " arrived on the shelves of our local library in early December.  It has already been checked out 9 or 10 times indicating to me that there …
reviewed 24 Hours Inside The President's Bunke.... September 09, 2010
24 Hours Inside The President's Bunker: 9-11-01 The White House
September 11, 2001 shaped up to be a rather ordinary day for Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling, USMC.   Lt. Col Darling was the Marine Corps representative in the White House Airlift Operations office …
The Melungeons: The Resurrection of A Proud People An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing In America
According to the website Tennessee Online "They are considered one of the world's greatest anthropological mysteries--a tribe of "natives" twice discovered in the Appalachian mountains …
reviewed Under A Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckl.... August 01, 2010
Under A Flaming Sky
When the citizens of Hinckley, Minnesota arose on Saturday, September 1, 1894 it looked for all the world to be just another ordinary Saturday.  Some folks had to work at the Brennan Lumber Mill.  …
reviewed Ticket To Ride: Inside The Beatles 19.... July 20, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Ticket To Ride
While I certainly would not classify myself as a Beatles fanatic, I, like millions of other teenagers who grew up in the 1960's certainly loved their music.  It was such a fresh sound …
In The Shadow of Wounded Knee
The more you read about American history the more you come to realize the significance that so many obscure and long forgotten events had on the history of our nation.  I have read about a great …
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
It was all so long ago.  I had completely forgotten that the accused assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had used several different aliases.  Likewise, the fact that …
The Copa Jules Podell and the Hottest Club North
Every so often I discover a new book about a totally off the wall topic that really piques my curiosity.  Ordinarily, I read books about serious subjects such as history, politics, medicine and …
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As I recall, "The Thunder of Angels" was definitely one of the best books I read back in 2006.  Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw have the uncanny knack of transporting the reader …
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