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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 …
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 …
reviewed Secretariat. March 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     "Secretariat" is the kind of "based-on-a-true-story" film which never uses that phrase as a gimmick or a way to make money. The film is purely craft, and is about …
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 Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos)). March 03, 2011
Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos))
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, …
America's Hidden History
Did you know that, when America was new, Vermont used to be a haven for rebels? Have you ever "read the riot act" to anyone? Have you ever seen the statue of Benedict Arnold in Saratoga, NY? …
posted a Quick Tip about The Da Vinci Treasure. February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Da Vinci Treasure
I think this would be a rental at most for well most, unless you are like me and collect all of these films from The Asylum. Some of their films are excellent, some good, and some not so much. My brother …
reviewed The Da Vinci Treasure. February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Da Vinci Treasure
      THE DA VINCI TREASURE      I don't know what it is about The Asylum but I just keep buying and watching all of their films. I mean at one point they did …
reviewed Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination .... February 02, 2011
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 Secretariat. January 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Whether you know the full story and the whole history or not, 'Secretariat' is a terrific family movie. This Disney film zeroes in on the horse and its owner, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) in a way that …
reviewed Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History o.... January 19, 2011
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.  …
reviewed The Voices of Morebath: Reformation a.... January 14, 2011
There are four striking things about THE VOICES OF MOREBATH: REFORMATION AND REBELLION IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE, Eamon Duffy's history of the Reformation in southwestern England. Three of them you will …
posted a Quick Tip about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... January 02, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
While one might say that MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is in the same genre - novelized true crime - that's where the resemblance to the likes of IN COLD BLOOD stops. The New York Times Book …
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I'm having a difficult time deciding whether John Berendt set out to make mock of Savannah from the get-go or whether he was trying to write a sincere travelogue/murder story about a city that just happens …
reviewed The Countess. December 31, 2010
The Countess
   This film deals with a very difficult problem: it attempts to create the image of a bloodthirsty countess and at the same time it tries to cast doubt on it.      The Countess …
reviewed Knitting America. December 26, 2010
Knitting America
In her introduction to Knitting America, author Susan Strawn quotes one of her predecessors, Richard Rutt, in bemoaning the fact that very little information is available concerning the earliest history …
reviewed 2010. December 23, 2010
What's in store for the year 2010?
2010 is almost over. What's it been to me? A pretty fine year. I did quite a bit of traveling (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mississippi/Lousianna/Florida/Alabama. the Grand Canyon!), made a lot of progress …
reviewed 2010. December 23, 2010
What's in store for the year 2010?
After 2008 and 2009, 2010 is a more financially stable year. It is however not entirely a peaceful or no calamity year. We have an even basket of events which depends on the part of the world you are …
reviewed 2010. December 21, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
What's in store for the year 2010?
2009 was not a very good year for me.  Without revealing too much, let's just say that I always felt like I was taking one step forward and two steps back as the year plodded along.  Thankfully, …
reviewed Fool's Masquerade. December 09, 2010
Fool's Masquerade
It had been a while since I read a short historical romance, so I decided to look through the large stack of books my mother gave me. I picked one at random and was pleasantly surprised by the premise. …
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who
Dava Sobel, like Simon Winchester or Canada's Pierre Berton, has clearly mastered the art of writing history in a form that is not only informative but, perhaps more important, is also compelling …
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 Going Rogue: An American Life. November 09, 2010
Going Rogue: An American Life
Yes, I bought it when it first came out, and yes, I read it very quickly in those first few days. Yes, I pre-ordered it. Yes, I enjoy Sarah, the stories she tells, and what she can bring to any political …
posted a Quick Tip about Band of Brothers. October 28, 2010
Title Screen
A great series and a must see for any WWII movie buff.
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 …
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