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Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle

Before Custer’s last stand and the massacre at Wounded Knee, there was President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, a policy that took three painful decades to bring to fruition.

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

A leading proponent of the “New Journalism” style of writing, Truman Capote’s greatest work, In Cold Blood, is a true crime “nonfiction novel” that started a genre.”

Hugh Ambrose – The Pacific

As a fan of Stephen Ambrose, I felt confident his son would pick up superbly on this initial joint effort following Stephen’s death in the early stages of the creation of this work. The book provoked the HBO miniseries several years ago in which Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks were involved following their work inspired by Ambrose senior’s “Band of Brothers”. This is my fourth book this year on the subject of war in the Pacific during WWII and was a great supplement to my learning experience.

1776 ~ David McCullough

The master historian does it again as he relates the birthing pains of the United States of America during its first year of declared independence from Great Britain. Though George Washington is today considered by we Americans as courage, strength and determination personified – there were many moments of weakness, doubt and anguish experienced by our nation’s founding father when the endeavor seemed hopelessly futile.

The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible – Matti Friedman

Dan Brown revisited the biblical theme with his fiction novels The Da Vinci Code and Demons and Angels, bringing one to reflect upon the days of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark. My interest developed into a research… Continue Reading →

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