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Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations
I might be a little unkind in my rating as I went into the book with high expectations, an internation freakonomics, and the book falls short. Some of ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I
What a well put together book. The author uses first source material to lay out the life and few days of glory of Frank Luke. He debunks a few of the ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
The book is a little unfinished for the modern reader as it ends in 1956 and Ms. Tuchman had no way of knowing how the state of Israel would develop. ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe
The author covers different parts of the liberation experience in Europe during and after WW2. He makes many good points and trys to empathize with th ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
The Bloody White Baron
The Baron was a minor Russian nobleman who was completely insane. He executed his own troops with glee, was a virulent anti semite, killing all Jews h ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World... via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
Carl Hoffman, the author, decides to travel the globe and decides to do it in the most dangerous ways possible. Surprisingly the most dangerous are th ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture
I'll give the author credit for trying to wrap together so many different concepts and actions that could loosely be labeled "youth rebellion" and try ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Latex Monkey with Banana
This book is a wild thriller. Sharkey Doremino has two things on his mind playing sax and having sex. Bits of his past intertwine with just about ever ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Life and Death in the Third Reich
Very tough book to get started in. Once there though the author uses everyday German's diaries, boxes of momentos, etc. to establish what the average ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future
Well written book about one of the world's greatest dilemmas. How to denuclearize North Korea. The author who worked in the Bush administration offers ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ
The problem with this book is the same as many of the books that take the other side of the arguement. He really only allows the case to be made for h ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel
Very good book. There is so much ground to cover. Everything from his personal life, his wife's illness and subsequent suicide, his travel's through E ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Crossing the Rhine: Breaking into Nazi Germany 1944 and 1945—The Greatest Airborne Battles in History
The book has two disjointed parts. The first is Operation MarketGarden immortalized in A Bridge To Far. The second part is the late March 1945 crossin ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone
This book could have been so much more but still as a love letter to Sly Stone it does a good job. The author reminds you where Sly stands in the pant ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Bob Dylan in America
Owing to his father's ties to the New York folk scene, Wlnetz an accomplished writer in is own right takes the time to tackle Dylan. Most of the book ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Why We Watched: Europe, America, and the Holocaust
Pretty solid book. The author examines anti semitism in the USA and abroad and explains why it affected the Allies response to the Holocaust. The only ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
For the Thrill of It
Pretty darn good. Well researched and the author touches on the more controversial parts of the story - homosexuality - etc. without resorting to maki ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
The Army of the Caesars
I'm not really qualified to pass judgement on the author's research. The book is readable if not as little dense at times. The author tries to explain ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America
The subject matter here is interesting. Bright guy moves to New York in post Civil War times. Back in Cincinatti he's an archetect. He's also someone ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America
Extremely well documented book. Lots of forgotten American history. The thousands of Americans of African descent who fought in the Revolutionary War ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944
Well researched book. The author seems to have merged biographies of Sumner Jackson, Charles Bedaux and others and laying them out in a coherent time ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
Hey who doesn't love another mob tell all. Still instead of going over his whole FBI career, almost to the point of an overabundance of bragging, the ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
The Greatest Day in History: How, on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End
The author weaves the recollections of dozens of participants in the events leading up to the ending of World War 1. Everything from the last moments ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
Not hard tosee why this book picked up a Pulitzer Prize. The author handles the material in a non judgemental fashion and never allows herself to get ...more
Apr 30, 2009
May 02, 2009
The Numerati
Excellent guide to how information is being stored and culled. Soon we'll all be quantified and exploited by those who hope to influence our every act ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel
Wow. The author, an ex LA police detective, lays out a compeling case that his father was a serial killer spanning 30 years. He lays the blame for the ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Eating Animals
As a vegetarian of close to 30 years I'm probably the last one to review this book. You watch as the author wades deeper into the meat industry, the c ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Much better than expected. A Geniza is a final resting place for sacred writings etc. In Cairo one was found that was floor to ceiling stretching back ...more
Apr 14, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
I can't believe that Hugh Hefner is this uninteresting so I have to hold the author responsible for portraying him as such. It is amusing to think he ...more
May 12, 2009
May 13, 2009
History, Tales, and Sketches
I find from time to time I take comfort in working my way through collections of my favorite, or sometimes just influential authors who interest me. N ...more
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Jun 25, 2008
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