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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
3.95
A credible and focused recap of all that has been written and researched on the Babe. However, I fault Montville for not going much beyond his main ch ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 19, 2010
 
19
Peace Like a River
3.95
**spoiler alert** A noble Southern family has not been immortalized and seared in my heart since perhaps “Plain Song.” In the fine tradition of, “To K ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 19, 2010
 
20
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
4.18
This is a classic World War II war story on par with, Solzhenitsyn’s, “Gulag Archipelago”. “Long Walk” was written in the 50’s, but comes to us at pre ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 19, 2010
 
69
The Death of a President
4.22
The Death of the President is a rich, deep full body emersion into a very specific two week window surrounding Kennedy’s assassination. Manchester was ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
 
16
The Last Days of the Incas
4.06
The incredible Spanish conquest of the Inca empire is fascinating. How could 150 men take on 100,000 Inca warriors? MacQuarrie lays out the answer in ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
3
Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
3.78
Selby documents a stunning multimillion dollar jewel heist in the middle of Antwerp’s high security diamond capital. The midnight theft was the real “ ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
 
4
Dispatches
4.23
Dispatches is a superb collection with a flashes of brilliance. Herr is a gifted writer and a measured study of the motivations behind man’s actions. ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 14, 2010
 
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Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
3.54
Grandin tells an incredibly well researched, comprehensive and at times fascinating story that encircles the entire history of Fordlandia. He also div ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
50
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
3.83
I fast tracked this book to the top of my reading list as soon as I added it. And I read it with boyhood lust. Magic and super star fame, danger, the ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 13, 2010
 
10
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
4.22
I stumbled into Grave’s writing by first reading “Myself and Strangers,” which is the last book he published. It was a youthful memoir reflecting on h ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
18
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
4.01
In 1910 the largest wild fire in the nation’s history tore, “faster then a horse could run,” across million’s of acres of pristine wilderness in the N ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
17
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
4.18
Alpha Male personified; at his very best and his very worst. In terms of understanding World War II, missing the story of General MacArthur as Supreme ...more
Jan 2005
Apr 19, 2010
 
43
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon
4.10
Once every two years (if I’m lucky) I have the rare privilege of reading a true five star epic. Nelson’s detailed account of America’s amazing space r ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
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The Worst Journey in the World
4.17
Cherry’s 1912 classic adventure memoir combines and edits several other surviving diaries and does a wonderful job detailing Scott’s ill fated South P ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
12
Kabloona
4.18
After I finished this fantastic audio book, I looked it up on Amazon to buy a used hard copy. I was little chagrined to discover the original printing ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
6
The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back
3.96
An outstanding book! Pellegrino writes with beauty and heart. To pair his prose with such an evil event is a profound juxtaposition, similar to Tim O’ ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
21
West with the Night
4.18
After being WOW-ed by Dinesen’s “Out of Africa” one long summer eight years ago, I remember thinking, “I’ll never read another African adventure story ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 19, 2010
 
22
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
4.05
The survivor / author paints a vivid, chilling, minute by minute (and sea level) account of his team’s grueling assent and disastrous decent from the ...more
Jan 2002
Apr 19, 2010
 
47
Going After Cacciato
3.90
Within the first two paragraphs I recognized O’Brien’s unique writing style and strapped in for a familiar wild and gritty ride. Cacciato is an escapi ...more
Mar 25, 2005
Apr 19, 2010
 
23
Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65
3.83
An awesome set of audio books. Beshloss does all the setup and color commentary between the actual taped recordings of President Johnson. Johnson had ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 19, 2010
 
8
Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes 1963-64
3.97
An awesome set of audio books. Beshloss does all the setup and color commentary between the actual taped recordings of President Johnson. Johnson had ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
24
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
4.12
Manhunt was a true action chase scene from the beginning to the end. A marvelous fast paced, fact based account of Booth on the run before and after t ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 19, 2010
 
25
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times
3.95
Crile’s real life history reads like an excellent spy novel. The largest covert CIA war in history (Afghanistan / USA vs. Russia) was launched by a wi ...more
Jan 2004
May 31, 2010
 
5
The Things They Carried
4.11
A startling refreshing writing style that features O’Brien’s poetic clip and blunt realism. He has a gift for matching words to souls — one grunt sold ...more
May 08, 2004
May 31, 2010
 
26
Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #3)
4.47
Another big book I’m going to miss all summer long (thank God there are 3 in the series!!). Stacked up against two of my favorites on Johnson ("Taking ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 19, 2010
 
29
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley & Livingstone
4.00
The mysterious disappearance of world adventurer David Livingston captivated England and America in the late 1800’s. The old man’s new mission was to ...more
Jan 2003
May 31, 2010
 
9
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
3.71
I loved Fuller’s first memoir ... and I loved this one too — different books of course. Her writing is so vivid, penetrating, poignant. Fullers charac ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 19, 2010
 
42
Stranger Than Fiction
3.55
A broad spectrum (bordering on bizarre) of subjective / investigative journalism. Palahniuk leans hard on his subjects (ie. steroid popping weight lif ...more
Dec 12, 2004
Apr 19, 2010
 
30
Theodore Rex
4.16
The second installment completing a remarkable presidential life captured with equal parts — vigor and style. The only way to properly frame Roosevelt ...more
Jan 2003
Apr 19, 2010
 
15
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
4.18
Epic historical account of the building of the Panama Canal. The largest turn-of-the-century engineering and medical triumph. The story spans 30 years ...more
Jan 2003
May 31, 2010
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