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Gulag: A History of the Soviet Concentration Camps
This is a fantastic book. It is a must-read for anyone who has any illusions about communism. It sucks. It is evil. It belongs in the dustbin of histo ...more
Jul 17, 2004
May 19, 2008
Fear No Evil
So I'm watching Hell's Kitchen the other night, one of the few, if not the only, reality show I like (though I'm enjoying it less and less every year) ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East
In this sleek and informative book, noted Middle East scholar Bernard Lewis examines the interaction between the Islamic world and the West. It's a fa ...more
Sep 26, 2002
Dec 31, 2008
Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds
This entertaining and well-written book makes an interesting claim: it made sense for folks to believe in haunted apples and flying witches and devili ...more
Oct 2006
May 27, 2008
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
This is a wonderfully concise, well-written history of the war between Israel and Egypt, Syria, and Jordan that lasted only six days in June 1967. The ...more
Dec 23, 2003
Dec 31, 2008
On a Field of Red: The Communist International & the Coming of World War 2
It may take you forever to read this (as it did me), but for history geeks it's worth the time and effort.

This is a detailed history of the various d
Dec 05, 2013
May 25, 2009
A History of the American People
British historian Paul Johnson makes clear in the preface to A History of the American People his motivation for writing this book: “This work is a la ...more
Aug 05, 2000
Jun 02, 2008
Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
Paul Johnson is a great writer and incisive historian. He doesn't merely tell you what happened. He analyzes events, explains why they occurred, and e ...more
Nov 27, 2001
Jun 02, 2008
Harvest Moon
I really liked the idea for this Halloween novel, but the execution didn't work for me. The writing was good and the small-town setting was perfectly ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
Truth at Any Cost: Ken Starr and the Unmaking of Bill Clinton
One of a myriad of books about the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to former President Clinton's impeachment, this is one of the few that does not ad ...more
May 20, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
It's not every day that a fictional novel is published with source notes and a bibliography. But this isn't your usual novel. As Safire explains both ...more
Oct 26, 2004
Dec 31, 2008
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
This is a fascinating, riveting book that I found nearly impossible to put down. Bad weather mixed with questionable human judgment combined for a dea ...more
Jan 22, 2001
Mar 01, 2009
Spin Cycle: How the White House and the Media Manipulate the News
It’s 1998. The Thompson Committee, holding hearings about the fundraising abusing of the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1996, has released a memo written by ...more
Jun 07, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors
I bought this book off the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble for about three or four dollars. It was quite a find, actually, because it contains inva ...more
Jan 26, 2003
Dec 31, 2008
Full Dark, No Stars
**spoiler alert** All four stories in this collection are well-written and interesting, though 1922 probably dragged on a bit too much. King is my fav ...more
May 24, 2011
May 23, 2011
Season of the Wolf
Decent and relatively fun thriller/horror novel about a pack of super-wolves that terrorize a small Colorado town. I like the premise and the setting. ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
Under the Dome
**spoiler alert** First of all, this has to be a record. I read this beastly tome in six days. I started it Christmas Day (it was a gift from my wonde ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton
Excellent book about the Revolutionary War from 1775-1776. The author packs in a ton of information about not only the main topic, but also related su ...more
Jul 12, 2009
May 25, 2009
Why They Behave Like Russians
I found this little gem at the VNSA Book Sale, which is the best used book sale on the planet. I paid $1.00 for a first-edition hardcover. The book is ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
This novel has been well-received by a lot of readers. It's a 2012 Stoker nominee in the Novel category. Unfortunately, I didn't share in the seemingl ...more
May 19, 2013
May 12, 2013
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
Excellent book. Well-written, good pacing, a nice mix of personal history and general history. The author is primarily concerned with Americans impris ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
I Never Believed in Ghosts Until . . .
I put this in non-fiction, but have my doubts. Many of the accounts read too much like fiction, but I guess you never know. Some stories were creepy, ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
Blood Lite II: Overbite  (Otherworld Stories, #10.3)
Overall, this anthology has some good, decent, and not so good stories, about par for the course for any short story collection. I give it a 2, thouhg ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town 1922-1945
I'll always treasure this book because it's the first history book I read as an adult, outside of any school or class assignment. I didn't know I was ...more
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Jul 03, 2008
Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1920's to the Present
Interesting and well-written, with a nice layout and good photos. The author did a fine job of spending more time than most authors do on Lenin and Tr ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s
This is an interesting, and at times fascinating, collection of diaries written by various Russians during the 1930's. Each diary includes an introduc ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Born Country
I don't read a lot of biographical works, but made this an exception. I've loved the country group Alabama ever since I was a kid. My first memory is ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
Behind Europe's Curtain
This is an interesting collection of essays about the author's travels around various European countries that were dominated by the Soviet Union. He m ...more
May 20, 2014
May 04, 2014
Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
Another great entry in the Repairman Jack series. My man-crush on Jack further intensfies.

Wilson does a great job of weaving together medical facts w
Aug 2009
Jul 18, 2009
What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers
A fun and entertaining read that doesn't live up to its premise. Brookhiser poses a series of contemporary questions, and then explains how some of th ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
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