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Isabella: The Warrior Queen
The book's a comedy of errors and stereotypes.

In the first chapter, I could see what seemed to be some definite Christianist bias and bad-type revisio
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Free Leonard Peltier!


Well, you have to read this book, but here's a synopsis that nobody but the most diehard 1970s FBI defender can try to deny.

Feb 2006
Dec 17, 2012
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
The Commodore comes alive

It's hard, quite hard, translating 19th century finances to today, or stature.

But, pretend that one person was a pioneer in b
Jun 30, 2010
Nov 26, 2012
All In: The Education of General David Petraeus
While there are "sympathetic" biographies in a good sense, like Robert K. Massie's new bio of Catherine the Great, there are sympathetic bios that are ...more
May 09, 2012
May 11, 2012
Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
A horrible, ethically challenged book that's also not that new, not that good

Korda's treatment of the Seven Days campaign is the only good think in th
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
A solid overview of Republican Rome.

Everitt, especially in looking at the early years of the republic, and the ancient authorial sources, breaks their
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
This book looked interesting on the shelves; I thought that, if nothing else, I might learn one or two things, at least, about post-Mycenean, pre-clas ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
Simply fantastic book about the run-up to World War I.

Things I learned include:
1. The Triple Entente, especially from the British angle, was not exclu
Sep 2013
Aug 27, 2013
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
Very good info, but .... needs an editor for organization!

First, let me say that Fisk is a very good journalist, and it shows through in the personal
Aug 18, 2007
Dec 07, 2012
The Loudest Voice in the Room: How Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics
This good-but-not-great book tells the detailed story of Roger Ailes first rise in the political world, then second, much larger rise in the world of ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
A solid book about some aspects of the present and future of southern Africa.

First, Theroux is a skeptic almost to the point of cynicism about First W
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
Pagans and Christians
Late paganism was moribund, decrepit and sclerotic; it had no chance against the rise of Christianity.

Well, so goes the historical myth.

But, not true,
Oct 12, 2006
Dec 11, 2012
At the end of this book, Scott Berg describes what propelled him to undertake this biography. He says he had read a number of biographies, and none of ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
When Stark can make broad-sweeping, but not very accurate statements such as "Capitalism was developed by the great monastic estates," you know to buc ...more
Dec 20, 2005
Dec 18, 2012
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Very good book. I've never read a bio of her before, nor an extended history of France at the end of the ancien regime. I knew that she probably had n ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s
Solid overview of political, social and cultural realignment on some hot-button social issues from the Great Society to today, namely gay rights, femi ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Like with Ronald Reagan himself, there's not quite a "there" there on this book.

Rick Perlstein has trod on conservative sacred ground with this book.
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality
This is a well-written book from a professional biographer who also happened to be a backbench Member of Parliament and supporter of Thatcher during h ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination
Thought-provoking, but doesn't live up to its hype.

Strauss does good to encourage some speculative new thought about Caesar's assassination, but he ov
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 07, 2015
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
Great, great book. Belongs next to the likes of Eric Foner's "Reconstruction" on bookshelves.

Davis tackles how issues such as colonization related to
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story
I know that more than a few psychologists and psychiatrists have made a forensic diagnosis of PTSD of Jackie O, and a few writers have discussed it in ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
This is a thorough, in-depth, deeply reseached history of the entire story of Nazi concentration camps, from the first improvised ones shortly after t ...more
May 23, 2015
May 23, 2015
The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
Was Matthew Shepard murdered as the target of an anti-gay hate crime, or rather, was he murdered over drugs, drug money and drug debts?

Stephen Jimenez
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
This is not about the pope and the Holocaust; that's the next pope, Pius XII.

For the unfamiliar, Pius XI is the pope who signed the concordat with Mus
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
The New Deal: A Modern History
This is an excellent review of the New Deal, the motivations and organization of Roosevelt (and his Brain Trusters) and more.

Some of the best analysis
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Great new bio of the Apache war leader.

Note that I did not call him a "chief." That's because he wasn't.

And, that's part of what makes this book great
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
The German High Command at War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War I
First, this is a relatively unbiased book. Asprey doesn't ding Germany for dictatorial tendencies, contrary to what some may think; rather he dings th ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Nov 28, 2012
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
NOT Brands' best work

First, there's one majorly wrong historical interpretation. Seeing that made me read the rest of this book in general with a more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
Disappointingly thin.

Like many other 1- and 2- star reviewers, I was very disappointed when actually looking at the book, versus the advance hype. It'
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942
Twasn't the British forcing Operation Torch down our throats, twas FDR forcing it down the throats of a vociferously opposed chiefs of staff. That's t ...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
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