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The Wise Men by Walter Isaacson

When we think of how the modern world was apportioned out among the victors of the Second World War, we usually see the images of the “Big Three” – Stalin, FDR, and Churchill (Chang Kai-Shek purposely excluded). However, the real… Continue Reading →

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz – Eric Larson

There has perhaps been more biography written about Winston Churchill than any other modern character. The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larson depicts a side of Churchill during Britain’s “Darkest Hour”, that shows a side never before seen. The… Continue Reading →

Educated – Tara Westover

Finding this available as a time filler until my next request became available, I saw that this “memoir” had been highly touted and given high praise, Bill Gates being a strong proponent. Mr. Gates’s choice of reading material and his… Continue Reading →

Why We Sleep – Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Recommended by Bill Gates, I knew this book would be a good choice. Though all of us are aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep, Why We Sleep is a real eye-opener! Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power… Continue Reading →

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

Ever since experiencing the epic movie as a child in the early 1960s, my interest in Lawrence of Arabia has been on ongoing. It’s interesting that Michael Korda is of the family of the film producer that originally purchased the… Continue Reading →

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

Any written material about the Second World War, whether fiction or not, never fails to intrigue me. In the previous 12 months alone, I’ve read 4 books about the subject, each being interesting, educational, and gripping!

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 →

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