As 2019 is now officially “in the books”, it turned out to be a year of remarkable reads including books by 5 Pulitzer-winning authors, Colson Whitehead, Anthony Doerr, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, and Harper Lee. Favorites this year include… Continue Reading →
Not only did I fulfill my 2018 Reading Challenge projection in record time, completing my goal months ahead of time and actually bumping it up a couple of times and still overcoming it, but I accomplished so many other things… Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.
As 2012 comes to a close, I reflect back on a year of some of the best books I’ve come across in years. Following, is a list of those that I would recommend.
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