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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 →

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!

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 →

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 →

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 →

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History – Brian Kilmeade

Curious about a relatively little known period of our nations’ early growing pains, I knew this was a must read as soon as I saw the title.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – Daniel James Brown

My favorite read of 2015, The Boys in the Boat was reminiscent of a favorite of mine, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.

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