Though still fairly prominent in America, the “Mellon Millions” have dissipated considerably over the years. My first Cannadine, Mellon: An American Life revitalizes the family name and chronicles not only Andrew’s life but recounts the lives of his father Thomas and grandfather Andrew, as they came to this country seeking to fulfill a dream. A dream which came to fruition and beyond.
Caberets, beer gardens, Marlene Dietrich and all the characters of the era come alive during this account of Ambassador William Dodd’s diplomatic service in Berlin from 1933 to 1937. My first experience with author Erik Larson proved to be highly… Continue Reading →
When I saw “Patton” at the theater in 1970, I never suspected anything malicious about the General’s death. I thought it was ironic that he had survived the front-line battlefields of two world wars unscathed, only to meet his fate… Continue Reading →
Having read Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” as a youth, the heroes of those poetic epics have remained embedded in my psyche for decades. Barry Strauss, History and Classics Professor at Cornell University, uses his knowledge and background to discern between what is real, what could be real and what would in all likelihood be pure myth in his book “The Trojan War: A New History”.
Thomas Alva Edison was a great inventor and an iconic American figure. I only wished I had chose a different biography of the man. The book wasn’t bad necessarily, it was just… well read my review.
“Hiroshima”, is perhaps Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey’s greatest work, and according to many, the greatest journalism of the 20th century.
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.
Not only a biographical account of two of our greatest presidents during times of tremendous change, this work by 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin, details the birth and impact of investigative (muckraking) reporting on society in… Continue Reading →
A quick read, Killing Jesus, the objective study of the period in history surrounding the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ, encompasses more than just facts about the Messiah. This book includes interesting history of the Caesar’s, King Herod… Continue Reading →
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