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reviewed The Great Bridge. November 11
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
reviewed The Great Bridge. November 09
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies
In the early 20th century, the Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies," attempted to organize a working-class movement that crossed racial and ethnic lines. This book looks at one part …
reviewed How to Fight Presidents. April 10
How to Fight Presidents
Did you know that a number of former American Presidents would fit in quite well in a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger action film? Imagine that they now want to beat you to a pulp. What do you do?   …
Pilgrims to Patriots: A Grandfather Tells the Story
There are many ways to tell the early history of America (some of them work better than others). In this book, a grandfather tells the story to his grandchildren.      Over the course …
reviewed Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Mig.... August 03, 2013
Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
Since the founding of these United States there have been a number of mass migrations that have profoundly impacted our economy, our culture and our politics. Some of the ramifications of these shifts …
reviewed Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindberg.... April 01, 2013
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
When Adolf Hitler made the fateful decision to invade Poland on September 1, 1939 most Americans were bound and determined to stay out of another conflict on the European continent. Just two decades earlier …
reviewed John Adams (David McCullough book). November 30, 2012
John Adams
John Adams was an 80-year-old former President and still constant patriot when his beloved wife wrote these words, as reported in McCullough's masterful biography: "Your father's zeal for …
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 President Lincoln's Letter to Joshua .... December 20, 2011
Analysis of President Lincoln's Letter to Joshua Speed
President Lincoln's August 24, 1855 letter to Joshua Speed is memorable for the intensive   discussion of slavery, as well as views pro and con. Joshua Speed is considered to be   …
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of
AMERICAN LIGHTNING propones the "crime of the century" (the bombing of the L.A. TIMES building in the early 1910s) to a modern audience. In short, a group of socialists went on a bombing spree …
posted a Quick Tip about 1776. June 04, 2011
Outstanding, narratively lined book about the first year of the American Revolution. We learn in school that America was the underdog against the United Kingdom, but after reading 1776, you realize that …
Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution
Richard Ketchum certainly knows the War for Independence, having authored well-received books on Bunker Hill, Saratoga, New York, and Trenton. In Victory at Yorktown, he offers a detailed, well researched, …
reviewed The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History.... May 05, 2011
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire
"Empire," Orwell reminds us in his 1942 essay on Kipling, "is primarily a money-making affair. ... The map is painted red," he notes, "chiefly so the coolie can be exploited." For "coolie" substitute …
posted a Quick Tip about Jesse: A Novel of the Outlaw Jesse Ja.... May 01, 2011
Jesse: A Novel of the Outlaw Jesse James by Matt McCoy
While the novel doesn't shed any light on the ambiguity surrounding the death of the infamous Jesse James, the tale that Jesse weaves (purportedly to Mark Twain) leaves one feeling sorry if not compassionate …
posted a Quick Tip about John Adams (audiobook). April 06, 2011
John Adams
Click here to read the book review.      John Adams by David McCullough was my favorite audio read from 2010. There are so many things I enjoyed about this book that I can't wait …
reviewed John Adams (audiobook). April 06, 2011
John Adams
I had heard amazing things about David McCullough's research and writing abilities but hadn't read anything by him until John Adams. I bought it purely because I was looking for some audio …
reviewed The Great Depression. March 16, 2011
The Great Depression
"The Great Depression" is made up of newspaper articles and transcripts of reports made at government committee hearings made during 1929-1934. There were also six case histories about the lives …
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 …
reviewed National Street Car Museum at Lowell. December 03, 2010
National Street Car Museum at Lowell
Disclaimer: We didn't actually get to go inside the museum, we only toured the outdoor exhibits. Not exactly a National Park, but I thought this is the best community for this review.   …
reviewed Crimes against Liberty. November 10, 2010
Crimes against Liberty
Sometimes, I find it difficult to review timely political books.  It’s not because I may find the subject matter objectionable in any way; rather, it’s because most often the book involves …
reviewed Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Esc.... October 18, 2010
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 …
A Useful Friend
A century ago, the New London CT Historical Society took on the herculean task of transcribing and published the Diary of Joshua Hempstead, a personal journal written between 1711 and 1758. In 1999, a …
reviewed The Things They Carried. September 25, 2010
The Things They Carried
This story brought to mind Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood," due to the mixture of fiction and realism.      "The Things They Carried," tells …
reviewed Alexander Hamilton. September 20, 2010
Alexander Hamilton
During the 1980s, during the period when Bank of New York launched its hostile take-over of Irving Bank, the following anecdote circulated. As Alexander Hamilton was getting into the boat to be rowed …
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