Think you’re knowledgeable of the Panama Canal? Read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough and you may realize that what you thought was fact is far from accurate. For example, contrary to what most people take for granted, the canal actually runs in a southeasterly direction from the Atlantic Side to the Pacific side. McCullough has the ability to take the most bland history topic and make the reader wish to write a thesis on the subject matter.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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