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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 →

Rick Atkinson – Award Winning Historian

A history buff by nature, my reading topic of choice is history, namely, British and American history. Having read numerous publications on the American Revolution, as well as the Second World War, I’m more than a little familiar with general… Continue Reading →

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 →

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Prior to reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, my knowledge of James A. Garfield was mostly limited to his accomplishments during the Civil War, namely as the Chief of Staff… 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 →

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 →

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.

Cronkite by Douglas G. Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite is like a nostalgic review of the events of my own life, beginning with the final year of Ike’s presidency. In fact, one episode of The Twenty-first Century with Walter Cronkite, contained a segment… Continue Reading →

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Wright Brothers had a prominent presence in my youth as our family lived in Dayton during my father’s years stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and our years in North Carolina where we would venture to the outer-banks and… Continue Reading →

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