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Steven A. Peterson

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Steve Peterson was born in Kewanee, Illinois. He graduated from Kewanee High School and then received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Bradley University (in Peoria, Illinois). Then, he went to the State University of New York at Buffalo for graduate study; he received his Ph. D. in Political Science in 1974. He began teaching at Alfred University in 1973 and taught there until he moved to Penn State Harrisburg in 1997.

Steve is Director of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. He received his Ph. D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974. He taught for many years at Alfred University, before moving to Penn State Harrisburg in...more

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The great volcanic eruption at Tambora in 1815 made Vesuvius look like a volcanic hiccup; it was many times stronger than the destructive Krakatoa. It was one of the most powerful volcanoes of which we have a record. This book looks at the many effec...more
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The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara
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Shaara pere et fils have authored a number of historical novels, extending from early American history to more contemporary wars. Jeff Shaara has written many such novels; his father famously authored "Killer Angels," with its subject the battle of G...more
How Paris Became Paris by Joan DeJean
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I did not know quite what to expect when I ordered this book. But the blurbs made this volume sound intriguing.

Before the late 1500s, Paris was, as the author notes (page 4), "that urban disaster." From 1597 to 1700, though, the city was transformed....more
Metternich by Desmond Seward
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Clemens von Metternich was a major architect of foreign affairs for the Austrian Empire. He was also a major figure in European diplomacy overall. He had a vision for Austria and for Europe (as a means of protecting Austrian interests). From the time...more
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The Shenandoah Valley had been a disaster for the Union during the Civil War. Stonewall Jackson's "Valley Campaign" embarrassed Union forces. Joseph Johnston, even earlier, had served well--with Jackson's help--before First Manassas. When Robert E. L...more
The Maps of the Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns by Bradley Gottfried
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I earlier read two obscure volumes on the subject, one focusing on Bristoe Station and the other on Mine Run, and found them worthwhile. But this book has some advantages: (a) there are many maps that outline movement of the Army of Northern Virginia...more
Troy by Si Sheppard
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When I ordered this, I thought that (a) this would be paperback and (b) there would be a stepping back and examination of the Trojan War (and the Iliad), and factual bases underlying this. Oops. My error. Going back and reviewing documentation, I sim...more
Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda
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This is a very fine biography of General Robert E. Lee. It traces his life from his ancestors to his death while serving as President of Washington College (later, Washington and Lee College, accounting for his valuable contributions in the developme...more
Wilderness and Spotsylvania 1864 by Andy Nunez
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The battles at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania were bloody affairs. The Army of the Potomac took more casualties--but also had more men to spare. Both U. S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were willing to slug it out in these two conflicts.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

“Baseball's Sad Lexicon

These are the saddest of possible words:
Tinker to Evers to Chance.
Trio of Bear-cubs, fleeter than birds,
Tinker to Evers to Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double --
Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble:
Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Robert Adams

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias

Benjamin Franklin
“On the whole, sir, I can not help expressing a wish that every member of the convention who may still have objections to it, would, with me, on this occasion, doubt a little of his own infallibility, and, to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.”
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Catherine Delors Thanks for reading the Prologue of Mistress of the Revolution! I also posted the first chapter of For the King...

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Beth Hi Steven,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you'll put my books, A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for a free copy of To Hell in a Handbasket, sign up for my email newsletter at: .
- Beth

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Karla Thanks for the friend request look forward to shareing thoughts on many books in the future :D

message 9: by Jo

Jo Yeah, I was quite sad when Georgina and Seth broke up so I do hope they can work things out in the future. Maybe now he has this 'stain' on his soul she won't take so much of his life energy if they do get back together

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Ed Thanks for the friend invite, Steven, on Good Reads, and sharing your reading list. Have a great week.


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Ruth Khanna Thanks for adding me to your friends list Steven! If you get to reading my novel Paper Boats (available on, I would love to have your views!

Robert Thank you, Steven. It's an honor to be here.

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Ilyn Ross Hello Steven,

How are you? Thank you for being my friend. I wish you a Healthy, Happy, & Prosperous 2009!

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: Happy & Brainy Group, To the Glory of Man, and Reason Reigns. Have a marvelous holiday season. Warmest regards.

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message 1: by Betty

Betty Hello, STEVEN,

It's great to see my learned friend here. I've been a member a long time but don't visit here often. As you know, Amazon reviewing takes a lot of time. I receive about three invites a day from GR member, though, and I always accept. They're a very active group of people here and there's lots to do here. But I haven't learned to navigate the site yet, but eventually.

I notice you have no books on your shelf yet. Why not start by putting my three on your shelf? Thanks, pal.

Oh, I just commented on your two latest reviews at Amazon. Great, as always.

Hugs - Betty Dravis

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