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reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
J. Edgar
I rated J. Edgar a four based on Leonardo's DiCaprio's performance.   Clink Eastwood slow placing seems completely appropriate to me in this film, although I have read many reviews complaining …
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 …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 10, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
J. Edgar
Star Rating:         Leonardo DiCaprio has proven himself a masterful actor, but his performance in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is sure to put him on the same shelf as …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
J. Edgar
One of my longstanding fascinations with history is the way we deify or vilify historical figures. Yes, we all know that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson preached big words about freedom while holding …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
J. Edgar
      By Joan Alperin-Schwartz      Every once in awhile, you experience a performance by an actor that simply blows your mind...And that's …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 02, 2011
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J. Edgar
             There is no question that J. Edgar is a remarkable man. He is the father of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and revolutionized the logistics of crime …
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 …
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 …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... September 13, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
This is a story about the city of Savannah, its people and history.      "Esquire" writer John Berendt is in Savannah, Georgia, to write a story about the extravagant holiday …
reviewed The Countess. June 16, 2011
The Countess
   4.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Countess and the Beginnings of the Feminist Movement, June 16, 2011 By  Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my …
reviewed Gangster Government: Barack Obama and.... June 14, 2011
Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy
"Gangster government shuns the light and operates in the shadows, cuts deals with favored businesses, writes provisions known only by a select few, offers legislative and regulatory exemptions to …
Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe
   After coming back from London last month and seeing the Imperial War Museum, this book at the library seemed like an interesting choice... Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns …
on the road to babadag
Roaming the rarely touristed backroads of Central and Eastern Europe over perhaps seven years and accumulating 167 stamps in his Polish passport, this chronicler begins by noting how the third …
reviewed Hatshepsut of Egypt by Shirin Yim Bri.... May 27, 2011
Hatshepsut of Egypt by Shirin Yim Bridges
This is the first book in a series of six that tells the stories of real-life princesses who successfully ruled their countries in times when it was unheard of to do so. Hatshepsut was the first female …
reviewed The Fallen Angel. May 14, 2011
The Fallen Angel
As a teen, Rome detective Nic Costa was fascinated with the sensational story of Beatrice Cenci, a young woman who in the 16th century was executed for killing her abusive father. Now Nic, on "stay-cation" …
reviewed Rediscovering the Church Fathers. April 11, 2011
Rediscovering the Church Fathers
"Rediscovering the Church Fathers" is an introduction to early church history which focused on seven men whose lives and teachings helped shape church doctrine. The writing is somewhat formal …
reviewed Braveheart (1995). April 09, 2011
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Braveheart (1995)
   Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) is an English ruler who plans to inherit the crown of Scotland just after Scotland's previous king had died without and heir. William Wallace …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Und.... March 29, 2011
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
If you're planning to visit any of Europe's great gothic cathedrals, this book makes a great companion to assist in understanding what you're seeing.
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
My husband and I enjoy visiting Gothic cathedrals whenever we take a trip to Europe. The very first, and one of the oldest, cathedrals that we experienced was in Salisbury, England. I’ll never forget …
posted a Quick Tip about Glory (movie). March 27, 2011
Glory (movie)
A film very loosely based up the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. Interesting film that can be pretty tripe at times.
reviewed Patterns in Jewish History: Insights .... March 24, 2011
Rabbi Wein is an Orthodox rabbi of a well-attended synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel, and has a large following. He is the author of over a dozen books on Jewish thoughts and is a sought-for lecturer. In …
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
An atheist manifesto, GOD IS NOT GREAT contains content that ranges from thought-provoking essays to vitriolic diatribes against both the existence of an all-powerful God and the current and historical …
reviewed The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of S.... March 24, 2011
is pretty much everything, says Temple.  This book pays tribute to the fruits of a large population over long periods of time with an empirical mindset.      First a bit of history …
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