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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America by Michael Hiltzik

Couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, as it’s right up my reading alley. American history, American business, the Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Roosevelt, and muckraking – it’s all in there! Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making… Continue Reading →

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

A birthday gift from my father, (who knows what books I like), I jumped right into volume one of “The Revolution Trilogy” by a superb history author, Rick Atkinson. I was not disappointed! The British Are Coming: The War for… Continue Reading →

The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President and Why It Failed – Brad Meltzer

As the plot to assassinate President Lincoln before he was even inaugurated takes a back seat to the many other events of the era, including his actual assassination on April 14th, 1865, this read was sure to be enlightening. The… Continue Reading →

A Man Called Intrepid – William Stevenson

Recommended by my Father, I knew this would be right up my alley as we share pretty much the same interests. In fact, it’s due to his influence that those tastes where nurtured in me. A Man Called Intrepid, is… Continue Reading →

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.

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