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Marc Leepson

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Historian and journalist Marc Leepson is the author of seven books, including What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life (Palgrave, 2014), the first biography of Key in more than seventy-five years; Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General, a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette (Palgrave, 2011); Desperate Engagement, the story of the little-known but crucial July 9, 1984, Civil War Battle of Monocacy (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007); Flag: An American Biography, a history of the American flag from the beginnings to today (Thomas Dunne Books, 2005); and Saving Monticello, the first complete history of Thomas Jefferson's House (Free Press, 2001, University of Virginia Press, 2003, paperback).

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Volume VI, Number 6 June 1, 2009


The New Film: I wholeheartedly agree with the positive reviews from the critics and from just plain folks about the new introductory film and the four extensive new exhibits at the new Monticello Visitor Center (below). I had a good conversation abou... Read more of this blog post »
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Saving Monticello: The Levy...
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Desperate Engagement: How a...
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Flag: An American Biography
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Saving Monticello by Marc Leepson
" very interesting--I am certainly glad the home and grounds have been preserved and are accessible to the public--we enjoyed our visit there this summer and 8 years ago as well "
What So Proudly We Hailed by Marc Leepson
" I thought I knew a bit about Francis Scott Key, but Marc Leepson's book showed me how little I really knew about this man. Sure, he wrote the words to "The Star Spangled Banner" but Leepson explores so much more about the man and his life. Key was... " Read more of this review »
What So Proudly We Hailed by Marc Leepson
" *****This is A First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

A well researched biography of Francis Scott Key. The author touches on Key's life and accomplishments. Key's life was complicated in some ways, and yet can be summed up as religious, patriotic,... " Read more of this review »
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Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
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I'm a big James Lee Burke fan, especially of his Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux books. This one was as good as any of those great thrillers with its vivid characters, great evocations of place and careening plot filled with the the evil and honorabl...more
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Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The first half of the book left me cold--and wondering why this was a classic. The second half almost redeemed it.
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American Romantic by Ward Just
American Romantic
by Ward Just
read in June, 2014
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Just is a good novelist. The plot was a good one, but it meandered a bit too much for my taste. I was also put off by his decision not to use quotes with the dialogue. Not sure I understand why he did this. I am sure it made things confusing at times...more
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The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dinner
by Herman Koch
read in May, 2014
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The main character is so negative, so caustic, so bitter, so cynical that it all but ruined the book for me.
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The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Son
by Philipp Meyer (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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This one had way too much graphically described violence for my taste. Meyer is a good novelist, but the long, drawn-out, intimately described scenes of rape, murder and torture do not work.
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Mourning Headband for Hue by Nha Ca
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This book was written in 1969 and has been republished in a new translation. It's the story of what civilians (including the author and her family) went through during the horrendous fighting that took place in the city of Hue during the 1968 Tet Off...more
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