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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain

I was familiar with Anthony Bourdain and figured him to be like the “Howard Stern” of the culinary world, but never knew too much about him. After his untimely death a year ago, I decided to read Kitchen Confidential, which… Continue Reading →

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough

Having read of the areas of the Northwest Territory that later became the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, I was familiar with many of the events that took place and the names involved, but McCullough’s “The Pioneers” cleared-up the… Continue Reading →

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History – Bill O’Reilly

Wasn’t necessarily too “gung-ho” about picking this one up, but I’ve had nothing less than a fairly decent learning experience in my previous reads of O’Reilly’s books. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by… Continue Reading →

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

I waited for weeks to get my hands on this book as it seemed like something “right up my alley”, but when I finally did, my schedule prevented me from completing it. After acquiring it a second time, I was… Continue Reading →

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Prior to reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, my knowledge of James A. Garfield was mostly limited to his accomplishments during the Civil War, namely as the Chief of Staff… Continue Reading →

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Killers of the Flower Moon:… Continue Reading →

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston

I finally was able to “sink my teeth” into this one as it became available after being on hold for a number of months. This type of book is “right up my alley”! The Lost City of the Monkey God:… Continue Reading →

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

With the 2008 election of the nation’s first black President, Barrack Obama, it would appear that we have conquered racism, that Jim Crow is officially dead. Not so says Michelle Alexander, lawyer, equal rights advocate, and director of the Racial… Continue Reading →

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

At first glance, I thought this was a comedy but noticing that it is a bestselling work of nonfiction consisting of nearly 500 pages, I figured there must be something worthwhile to be gleaned from it. Salt: A World History… Continue Reading →

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Two things about this book sparked my interest when it first hit the shelves earlier this year, “traitor” Benedict Arnold and “author” Nathaniel Philbrick.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II – Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Ordinary Time, is an historical account of FDR and First Lady Eleanor on the domestic front during the years of World War II. Perhaps because it occurred it the not so distant past, Goodwin’s portrayal of the Presidential couple… Continue Reading →

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

The great American classic Moby Dick is one that I missed in my required reading in school. It wasn’t until I picked-up Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, which is the basis for Melville’s opus, that I discovered how… Continue Reading →

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