Like American icons and Founding Fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin are linked to the period of the American Revolutionary War, Lincoln is associated with the horrific growing pains experienced during the American Civil War, however, Lincoln’s feats extend far beyond the boundaries of our own nation, transcending to global proportions.
My second Joseph Ellis, I’ve come to enjoy his ‘to the point’, ‘no frills’ style of writing. Though McCullough’s “John Adams”, which is cited by Ellis, provides a more in depth and detailed version of much of the same material, Ellis tells it in fewer words, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
The name George Washington is so deeply ingrained into American culture, that it would be easy to dismiss reading his biography as old hat and blase. Sometimes, however, it is good to go ahead and dive into a biography like that anyway – perhaps there is new insight to be gained into an old, familiar character.
“Give me liberty or give me death!” When the name Patrick Henry is mentioned, practically anyone will think of the prolific quote that is so deeply identified with the spirit of the American Revolution, however, after reading this work by… Continue Reading →
My research on the origination of our country continues with Jon Meacham’s highly rated Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, published last year (2012).
After indulging in several non-fictions of the founding years of our nation, John Adams was, for me, the glue that pulled them all together into a coherent understanding of the way it all went down.
Being impressed by Eric Metaxas biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I knew that his earlier work, Amazing Grace, would not be a disappointment.
It hard to believe that 50 years will have passed this coming November 22nd, of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a day that I still remember as if it were yesterday. The word in the air at… Continue Reading →
So far this year, my book list has included some of the most enjoyable reading I’ve experienced in years. Earlier this year, I delved into Eric Metaxas biography of the great theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, after being prompted by the subject frequently arising in recent discussions.
Since grade school lessons about the birth of The United States and our founding fathers, the character of Ben Franklin has seemed like folklore, beyond human. Walter Isaacson applies personal and human elements to the man and relates Franklin’s traits, admirable and shameful alike.
My father was reading a copy of Unbroken loaned to him by an old family friend during the 2011 holiday season. That particular copy was signed by Louie Zamperini at a book-signing.
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