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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

With the 2008 election of the nation’s first black President, Barrack Obama, it would appear that we have conquered racism, that Jim Crow is officially dead. Not so says Michelle Alexander, lawyer, equal rights advocate, and director of the Racial… 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 →

Upton Sinclair – The Jungle

The book that inspired the Food and Drugs Act and the Meat Inspection Act. Should have read this in High School like so many of my classmates but since it was never assigned to me, took decades to finally be… Continue Reading →

The Iron Heel by Jack London

Coming off a string of the works of Jack London during the early months of this year, I think this may be my last, for a while anyway.

White Fang – Jack London

There is nothing like the stories of Jack London to get through the long, cold nights of the winter months.

My Year in Books 2016

Even with a rapid start at the beginning of the year, I was unable to reach my Goodreads.com reading challenge for 2016. Having to work so many hours in December, I fell shy of my challenge of 35 books, missing… Continue Reading →

Nathaniel Philbrick, Master of the High Seas and Beyond

In the Fall of 2006, an acquaintance of mine lent me a stack of books that he had recently finished. The top one was Mayflower by an author I had not yet heard of. The subject matter seemed a little… 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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