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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
This book will make you very angry; that a child could be so maltreated by an "expert," who clearly was in need of help himself, but who was so intent...more
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Nov 14, 2008
Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book in 1993 entitled Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. It was an examination of the roots and a...more
Nov 27, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question.

Predictably, if you...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Does anyone really care about James Garfield? You will after reading this book. Were it not for the Emperor of Brazil would Alexander Bell have been r...more
Mar 17, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Contempt of Court: The Turn-Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism
Note. If you don't like spoilers, don't read the book since the first chapter reveals what happens right up front. Everyone else *should* read it. Oft...more
Nov 05, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
Well, finally getting around to making a few notes about this book which I read at the same time as a bunch of other Everest-summiting books. All are...more
Feb 24, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
A Beautiful Mind
"'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terre...more
Jan 2007
Nov 12, 2008
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
We used this book for a class I was co-teaching which attempted to measure learning outcomes of community college students. It's an excellent book for...more
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Jan 04, 2009
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
In a style reminiscent of Seabiscuit, especially thematically and which could also have been titled “Unbroken”, the author tells the story of Louie Za...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
To Hell and Back
Update: I read this memoir several years ago and am now about 50% through Beyond Band of Brothers The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters. Comparisons w...more
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Nov 14, 2008
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, both novelists, tired of birthday competitions to see who could present the more extravagant gift. They decided to limit...more
Jan 2002
Nov 15, 2008
Riveting, but not for the faint-hearted. The term “widowmaker” comes from the slang term given to battalions with casualty rates approaching 90 percen...more
Aug 29, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II
This was written shortly after the end of the war. The author went on to become a military historian and his experiences as a company commander parall...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin
A Fascinating Journey In high school, being a somewhat sanctimonious little shit and having become entranced by the romance of archeology, I naturally...more
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Nov 12, 2008
Savage Sky: Life and Death on a Bomber Over Germany in 1944
When reviewing a book, I like to compare it against my expectations for that genre: they vary. For a memoir I would expect to learn something about th...more
Aug 06, 2013
Feb 26, 2012
The Nightingale's Song
Timberg, an Annapolis graduate and Vietnam veteran, was struck by some odd similarities, as he watched Oliver North, John Poindexter, and others happi...more
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Feb 05, 2009
George Wallace: American Populist
George C. Wallace came up the hard way. He was desperately poor and 'scrambled for any job that literally might earn him a few pennies. At the same ti...more
Jun 2014
Jun 01, 2014
The Big Lie: Spying, Scandal, and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett-Packard
The recent gubernatorial election in California focused attention on two women who had been CEO’s of major corporations. I don’t know much about Meg W...more
Apr 06, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania
Matthew Chapman, author of Trials of the Monkey An Accidental Memoir, and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, had moved to the United States, tire...more
Oct 31, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Scalia is one of those people I'd love to have over for dinner (even though I don't quite have his love of opera,) but I don't buy his premise...more
Jul 23, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
The Beardless Warriors: A Novel of World War II
This book, follows a small platoon during two weeks in December, 1944, through the eyes of Ernest Hackermeyer, an 18-year-old replacement, just over t...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Man-Eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park
Fascinating book.

A very conservative estimate (1%) places the number of Mozambican refugees eaten by lions at about 13,000. Even if you half that numb...more
Jun 19, 2014
Apr 25, 2009
The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico
Waffling between 2.5 and 3, but a magnificent cover.

I have never read any Burroughs and based on this weird biographical sketch I suspect I never will...more
Sep 2013
Sep 01, 2013
In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War
In this extraordinary memoir of Wolff’s Vietnam experience, there is a haunting scene that reveals the major cultural differences between the American...more
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Nov 28, 2008
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver
I am a huge fan of the History Channel’s Pawn Stars. It has wit, familial relations, historical trivia, old stuff and weird stuff. Rick Harrison is th...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
I love reading about mountain climbing even though wanting to be the one-thousandth person to climb and having fixed ropes and ladders laid out by und...more
Feb 03, 2013
May 24, 2009
An American Requiem: God, My Father & the War That Came Between Us
James Carroll is a former priest, son of an air force general, and brother both to a draft resister and an FBI agent whose assignment was to track dow...more
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Nov 12, 2008
The Heritage: A Daughter's Memories of Louis Bromfield
I always loved working on my uncle’s dairy farm during the summers. As a teen, I discovered the Louis Bromfield “Malabar Farm” series of books. I fell...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 06, 2011
Jimmy Lee Swaggart, by October 1987, was one of the most popular television evangelists in the world. His first broadcast was in 1973, but unlike many...more
Jan 2003
Nov 15, 2008
Michael Collins: A Life
Ironically, Michael Collins spent almost a third of his short life working in England. He lived there with his sister, and they both worked for the B...more
Jan 2000
Dec 05, 2008
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