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The Rape of Nanking
Iris Chang committed suicide. I can't help wondering if doing the research for this book didn't create or deepen her depression. She was an obviously ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
There is much controversy as to whether this account is fact or fiction. I googled the author's name and the book title and after reading dozens of ar ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
I often ask myself what is it that I enjoy about the "Mitch Rapp" series by Vince Flynn. I read these books in two or three days and feel like I've ju ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II
A truly memorable book. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fine writer who manages to transform seemingly insignificant snippets of data into compelling readin ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy
Book One of the Liberation Trilogy, this is one of the most well written WWII history books I've ever read. Atkinson is an accomplished researcher but ...more
May 26, 2008
May 20, 2008
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
I didn't learn much from this book that I did not already know. I am beginning to suspect that Malcolm Gladwell is not writing books that uncover valu ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
Lost on Planet China: Or How I Learned to Love Live Squid
This book was a joy to read. I've lived in Hong Kong for 17 years and have spent a lot of time in China. Even though he was there for a relatively sho ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 02, 2008
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
What an incredible memoir, covering three generations: the Grandmother, mother and the author herself. Beginning in 1924 and continuing to 1978, it in ...more
Jun 02, 2010
May 16, 2010
Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood
This book grabbed me "big time" and will stay with me "long time". I have lived in Hong Kong for 16+ years and have always wondered what it was really ...more
Dec 04, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
The First World War
I am not a big fan of military histories. They tend to be much too detailed for my taste. They require a familiarity with the geography they cover and ...more
Feb 07, 2010
Dec 15, 2009
When Michael Crichton is good he is very, very good but this effort is just plain horrible. The only reason I finished it is due to my obsession about ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
I had originally classified this as "contemporary literature" among other things. Well, it's not literature. It is a fast moving story with a childish ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)
In my mind Furst writes the finest espionage novels available. I like his stuff better than LeCarre's.

This particular story follows the travails of a
Oct 02, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, #1)
I am constantly surprised, though I shouldn't be, at Cornwell's ability to re-create an historical era.

In this story,(also titled "Harlequin" in its B
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1)
Part One of an intended trilogy, this is a fictional biography of Marcus Tullius Cicero, as told by his personal secretary and slave Tiro. Tiro did ac ...more
Nov 2010
Feb 22, 2010
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
This book has been sitting on my shelf for years waiting to be re-read; its pages discolored, its cover cracked but its story as fresh in 2009 as it w ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Vagabond (The Grail Quest, #2)
The second volume in the Grail Series, this story was not nearly as interesting or exciting as the first book in the series, "The Archer".

It opens wit
Jul 02, 2009
Dec 17, 2008
Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley, #9)
I slogged through this 713 page monster because I have enjoyed George's Inspector Detective Thomas Lynley stories so much, both in print and on the te ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Dec 07, 2008
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
Written by a true conservative, ex-military officer and current Boston University professor, this book concisely explains how the actions of citizens, ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Void Moon
I am a big Michael Connelly fan and wondered how I had missed this book. Well, perhaps it's because it isn't up to his usual standards.

Written in 200
May 13, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux, #16)
I'm not at all sure I really got what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans until I read this book. Sometimes fiction, at least Burke's fiction, is far ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Nov 22, 2008
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
As the first book in the series, this effort does not measure up to later stories. This is understandable because Silva had to cover a lot of ground i ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
A fascinating attempt by Tuchman to explain or at least illustrate why governments choose the wrong path even when they know it's the wrong path. She ...more
Feb 2014
Aug 08, 2010
River of Darkness (John Madden, #1)
This was quite a surprise. I read it because someone mooched it and as I paged through the book, I realized that it was a well written post WW I Briti ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, #13)
I really like the Reacher stories and this is one of the best. Some might describe Child's books as guilty pleasures and they are certainly full of vi ...more
Dec 31, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Black Box
Michael Connelly's Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch series is up there with Parker's Spencer books, Sandford's Prey series, Coben's Bolitar stories, Flynn's M ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
Light of the World (Dave Robicheaux, #20)
A Burke tour de force. I found it almost impossible to put down.

Dave Robicheaux and his former partner Clete Purcell, wife Molly, daughter Alafair an
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Identity Theory
This is my first book by Australian author, Peter Temple. I was impressed.

The plotting, in particular, is complicated and suspenseful. Plenty of surpr
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Sharpe's Gold (Sharpe, #9)
Taking place in 1809, this is the ninth book chronologically in the Richard Sharpe series. In my opinion it is the worst of the nine.

Sharpe, as usual,
Jun 02, 2008
May 31, 2008
Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
This is the fourth volume in the Saxon Tales series with Uhtred of Bebbanberg as the main protagonist.

It is, in my opinion, the least interesting of t
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
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