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Pompeii
3.74
It should be a Two-For-One: A suspense novel to take to the beach; and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. (A...more
not set
May 27, 2008
 
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
3.86
The recipe for a financial debacle is: Ignorance + arrogance + greed.

Then, like fine cuisine, each nation adds a little something special. According t...more
May 05, 2014
May 07, 2014
 
Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class
3.33
WANTED: Individuals to lie to friends and family, deceive total strangers, maintain constant vigilance and experience paranoia 24/7. Must be patriotic...more
Oct 2008
Feb 06, 2009
 
Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65
3.79
Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. Lyndon Johnson wanted to become President of the United States. But he was never comfortable or happy...more
Dec 30, 2013
Jan 06, 2014
 
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
3.85
A detailed description of the depressing cycle of intelligence failures at the CIA. Torn between intelligence gathering and covert activity, uncertain...more
Jul 06, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
 
The File: A Personal History
3.78
Not that any of us wants to be watched by secret police... but if you were, wouldn't you want to read the file they kept?

After Germany was reunified,...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries
4.17
There really was a Longbranch Saloon in Dodge City. But no Marshall Dillon. And if there was a Miss Kitty, she was probably upstairs entertaining cust...more
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
3.68
You probably didn't know that when a member of a rat colony dies, the survivors often gather in a circle around the corpse as if mourning. The reason...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
4.17
In the late 1930s, the German government was still somewhat conscious of its image in the world. The Nazis authorized formation of a Jewish cultural o...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
The Ohio Gang: The World of Warren G. Harding
3.38
You weren't going to read this anyway. You were right.

President Warren G. Harding didn't ask a lot of questions. Mostly he played poker and consorted...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
3.86
If history textbooks were written like this, we'd all have done our homework: "[Diosclesian Lewis was] a large, robust man 'profoundly confident in th...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
4.20
I read for enjoyment and to relax. I'm not always thrilled when a book makes me think as much and as hard as this one does. But it's worth it.

This is...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant
3.31
I was expecting to read about an auto plant that was scheduled to close and about the impact on its employees. After all, the subtitle is One Year in...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
 
The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
4.11
Jerry Blaine wasn't there when Kennedy was shot, but he could have been.

Blaine was a Secret Service agent assigned to protect JFK, but on November 22,...more
Dec 30, 2011
Feb 01, 2012
 
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?
4.10
Recently... well, less than 30 years ago... someone told me I was witty. In my case, this is almost always followed by, "Now, shut up." In fact I thou...more
May 29, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
 
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
4.11
My guilty pleasure is true crime. I feel a little less guilty when it's HISTORICAL true crime; it doesn't seem so much like gawking at a chalk outline...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
3.59
After his career ends, a major league baseball player becomes a spy for the U.S. government. If that isn't unusual enough, the baseball player/spy is...more
not set
May 17, 2013
 
Hellhound On His Trail
4.21
The mystery of James Earl Ray will never be solved. Not whether he murdered Dr. Martin Luther King. Of course he did. But why?

Ray was a dead-bang lose...more
Jul 15, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East
3.86
Great title, huh?

Neil MacFarquhar was an oil brat who spent much of his childhood in the Middle East. Later, he became a Middle East correspondent for...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
 
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
3.82
A million years ago, when I was in school, here's what we learned about Andrew Johnson, who assumed the presidency when Abraham Lincoln was assassinat...more
Oct 28, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History
3.56
It seems like the best way--maybe the only way--to make money on a Malcolm Bricklin-led investment is to be Malcolm Bricklin. Importing Yugos is the m...more
not set
May 15, 2013
 
The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America
4.01
How much is the distance between (1) the awesome sight of a mountain lion stalking prey; and (2) the horror of being the prey? Not as much as you migh...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
 
Personal Injuries (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #5)
3.81
Turow is so damned good. I really hope he is as good a lawyer as he seems, and he's not taking yobboes like me for a ride.

This is a gritty story of th...more
Dec 28, 2012
Feb 11, 2013
 
The Greatest Stories Never Told
3.69
These books are always a disappointment. Maybe it's because there's more than the usual amount of useless information littering the floor of my brain...more
Aug 22, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
 
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
3.92
Mary Roach's thing is to ask science-related questions you would ask if you thought of them, then get answers from interesting characters, living and...more
Mar 15, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
 
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
4.10
Amanda Ripley was a reporter for "Time" magazine. She often interviewed survivors of disasters, massacres, and other unthinkable events. She became cu...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
11/22/63
4.24
This is an opportunity for baby boomers to wallow in old advertising slogans and cheap gas, not to mention obsessing over the Kennedy assassination.

Ja...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
 
Lost and Found
3.25
Very entertaining novel. Follows a group of contestants on an imaginary reality show called Lost and Found. (Note to Carolyn Parkhurst - you might wan...more
Jun 2013
Jun 09, 2013
 
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
3.40
I'm an impatient reader. The screen door bangs when I enter Chapter 1 and bangs again at the end of the last chapter. I usually remember only snippets...more
Mar 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age
3.43
McKim, Mead & White were one of THE American architectural firms in the status-obsessed late 1800s and early 1900s. They managed to make social co...more
May 19, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
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