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What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East
3.41
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
 
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline
3.83
A former judge, Yale law professor, Solicitor General, and Reagan nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert Bork is pessimistic about America's future. In...more
Nov 16, 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
3.82
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
 
What's So Great About America
3.88
Dinesh D'Souza has written a powerful and well-reasoned defense of America and Western civilization. He takes on objections and criticisms from all id...more
Jul 18, 2002
Dec 31, 2008
 
Gulag: A History of the Soviet Concentration Camps
4.16
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
 
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
4.07
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
3.80
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...more
Dec 05, 2013
May 25, 2009
 
Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
4.28
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
 
A History of the American People
4.07
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
 
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
3.35
This book is well-researched, fun, and entertaining, but I don't know if it's a serious book.

Coulter begins by stating that American political debate...more
May 02, 2003
Dec 31, 2008
 
Spin Cycle: HOW THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE MEDIA MANIPULATE THE NEWS
3.48
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 Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency
2.88
I picked this book up from the library because when I saw it I realized I didn't know jack about the Secret Service, other than it protects the presid...more
Aug 2003
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors
4.09
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
 
Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment
3.39
I read this book because I hoped to get an insider's account of the Clinton impeachment in the House and Senate. Schippers was the Chief Investigative...more
Jul 24, 2001
Dec 31, 2008
 
Truth at Any Cost: Ken Starr and the Unmaking of Bill Clinton
3.33
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
 
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
4.04
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
 
Fool's Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error
4.07
I didn't really get this from the library. A friend loaned it to my wife, she read it, and then I read it. Now it's on the way back to said friend.

I'...more
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
 
Why They Behave Like Russians
4.18
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
 
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
4.26
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
 
Fear No Evil
4.34
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
 
The South vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War
3.67
This is a very interesting and well-reasoned book that looks at the role Southerners played in the Union's victory in the Civil War. The author concen...more
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
 
I Never Believed in Ghosts Until . . .
3.74
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
 
Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant
3.60
I wanted to like this book. I saw it while browing the stacks at the library and was excited to see it. Critical looks at Castro aren't all that commo...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
 
Never Get a “Real” Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
3.55
I'm really glad I didn't pay any money for this. The book starts out promising enough, with some nice snarkiness about the curse and affliction of "re...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town 1922-1945 (Social Studies: History of the World)
3.92
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
3.41
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
3.65
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
 
Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
3.38
Do you, like me, have that family member, or neighbor, or co-worker that likes to talk politics, and maybe you agree with their point of view, but the...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Born Country
4.07
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
3.50
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
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