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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

Being on my “to-read” list for several weeks, I finally decided to delve into Buck’s best seller The Oregon Trail when I saw it on display at the local library. Though I never would have sought out this subject on… Continue Reading →

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly

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 →

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin

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.

First Family – Abigail & John Adams by Joseph Ellis

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.

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

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.

The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin

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 →

Patrick Henry, Patriot & Statesman – Norine Dickson Campbell

“Give me liberty or give me death!” When the name Patrick Henry is mentioned, practically anyone will think of the prolific quote that is so deeply identified with the spirit of the American Revolution, however, after reading this work by… Continue Reading →

The American Presidents – David C. Whitney

In my continuing study of American history, David C. Whitney’s 1969 edition of “The American Presidents” brought all the previously read biographies of our Presidents together.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power – Jon Meacham

My research on the origination of our country continues with Jon Meacham’s highly rated Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, published last year (2012).

John Adams – David McCullough

After indulging in several non-fictions of the founding years of our nation, John Adams was, for me, the glue that pulled them all together into a coherent understanding of the way it all went down.

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic – Joseph J. Ellis

My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a War – Nathaniel Philbrick

Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →

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