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Richelieu and His Age: Assertion of Power and Cold War
This is a detailed look at Europe during Richelieu's most active period, with a significant emphasis on events in England and Germany and the history...more
Jul 04, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Age of Napoleon
I enjoyed this book but it has its flaws. While I gather that Horne is a respected historian, and he conveys a breadth of knowledge in keeping with th...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution
This is a phenomenal book, and if you are a baseball fan, I think it's important reading as a vital commentary on the changes that came over Baseball...more
Sep 08, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
A Walker in the City
Kazin writes about growing up in a Jewish community in Brooklyn before the depression. As a New Yorker, and a lover of New York history, this stood ou...more
Jan 2006
Jun 22, 2007
Shah of Shahs
This is a remarkable piece on Iran before and during the revolution. There are two things about it that make the context of the book even more interes...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Unfamiliar Fishes
It's a tough call to give this book 4 stars. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it was possibly the weakest book I've read of hers. I'm having trouble putti...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Old Man Goya
This is a strange and fascinating book. It's not really a traditional biography, but it contains many details about Goya's life starting around the pe...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
My Autobiography. John Martin
Note: The version I have is called John Martin: Sketches of My Life, and is published by Tate Publishing. It includes a number of beautiful black &...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
This is a surprising book, it's almost a biography of the fight against poverty in this country, told by someone who's been through a good part of it....more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
A People's History of American Empire
This is a sort of shortened comic book version of Zinn's work. While I typically like graphic novels, and I liked Zinn's People's History of the Unite...more
Dec 2008
Nov 13, 2008
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
If the purpose of a biography is to produce an honest, interesting account of a life, then this succeeds very well. For those hoping for a book primar...more
Jan 17, 2013
Sep 19, 2011
Best Of Myles (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
The first thing that comes to mind when reading something like this, or the collected Don Marquis, is that I wish there were columnists writing like t...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 06, 2009
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation
This book may be the most deserving of the term "Pop History" of any book I've read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it's hard to avoid sensing that issu...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jun 01, 2012
The Thirty Years War
If you like history that is honest about the repercussions of policy and events on the people living through it, Wedgewood does that well, particularl...more
Dec 20, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories
I began this thinking that I would not like it that much, but more than the cover, you can't judge a book by the people who love it. The main piece, F...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
The Irony of American History
When an author is recommended by the President of the United States, a respected academic, and the manager of the NY Mets, it's hard to resist the com...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
I've been a big fan of Feynman's since I read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! in high school. This book does a great job of capturing his wit and c...more
May 29, 2012
May 28, 2012
The Emperor
This is the best Kapuscinski book that I've read. I didn't know much about Haile Selassie before reading it, but Kapuscinski's portrayal of his court...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Branch Rickey
This is a beautiful biography, though biography is not quite the right word. Essentially Breslin meditates on the subject of Rickey, baseball, the col...more
Feb 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction
I have read several books in the "Very Short Introduction" series, and this is far and away the best. Linda Greenhouse is one of the preeminent voices...more
Sep 06, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
In his blurb, Michael Moore describes Shawn as a "gentle and incisive soul" and that's the most accurate description I can think of. These essays are...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read
An excellent book for people who want to know a little bit of everything. This book has been sitting next to my bed for the past few months. Each chap...more
Aug 2007
Jun 22, 2007
The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer's Inside View
I think it's appropriate that I finished this book in Philadelphia, considering how much Philly means to Glanville. This is an excellent memoir on bas...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
Read this after seeing that a journalist I really like (Jamelle Bouie) cited it as a book that was important to him. A collection of lectures laying o...more
Nov 2013
Oct 12, 2013
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
This is an excellent examination of America's use of its military since World War II, with its primary focus on the past 8 years. The first chapter, w...more
Apr 25, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
This is a charming account of Stevenson's trip across the Cevennes in France accompanied only be a small donkey named Modestine. I highly enjoyed Stev...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Garbage Pail Kids
I collected these stickers as a kid, but had forgotten just how twisted they were; really fun, weird stuff. This reissue in book form is very well don...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History
This is a very interesting history of SDS told in the form of the personal stories of people who were involved at the time. It's fascinating watching...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
Travels With Charley: In Search of America
This is the first of Steinbeck's books I've read that I've really enjoyed. It's a wonderful narrative of his trip across country, and the introspectiv...more
May 2010
Apr 15, 2010
The Artists of the Yellow Book and the Circle of Oscar Wilde: 5 October to 4 November 1983
A fascinating, brief examination of the cultural milieu of The Yellow Book magazine published in London in the 1890s, and it's somewhat difficult rela...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
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