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A very good compact biography of Lincoln. It reacquainted me with his life, the issues he dealt with, the politics of the day, and his dramatic final ...more
Jan 2000
Sep 06, 2007
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #1)
This is a brilliant beginning to this series of biographies of Lyndon Johnson, barely taking you up to his Congressional years. The details about his ...more
Jan 1991
Aug 30, 2007
Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #2)
I'm giving these three stars on the strength of the author's reputation and recognition, even though I didn't make it all the way through this volume, ...more
Jan 1994
Aug 30, 2007
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer has enduring fascination for me, partly because he produced so much good theology in a relatively short life and partly because he ...more
Jan 1995
Sep 07, 2007
Icons: An A-Z Guide to the People Who Shaped Our Time
Now a bit dated, this nevertheless is a great little compendium of mini-biographies of cultural and artistic icons of the 20th century. Spiced with Pa ...more
Jan 1995
Nov 18, 2007
Luther: Man Between God And The Devil
I grew up Lutheran, but never learned a fraction of what I did in reading this book about the founder (who of course didn't expect to start a church n ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 24, 2007
Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky
I know Paul Johnson is famously conservative and I'm sure that colored his view of these people, but you can't argue with his erudition or writing abi ...more
Jan 2002
Sep 02, 2007
William Jennings Bryan: Champion Of Democracy
I don't recall a lot of the details of this book, certainly not enough to write a decent school paper on Bryan's presidential campaigns or silver vs. ...more
Mar 1996
Aug 24, 2007
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
This slim little volume is a really well done review of the competition -- and it was an actual competition -- to solve the problem of calculating lon ...more
Jan 1995
Aug 29, 2007
Harriet Lane, America's First Lady
I read this book for a newspaper article I was doing on the woman who served as first lady to America's only bachelor president (and the only Pennsylv ...more
Nov 2006
Jul 30, 2007
Improbable Fiction: The Life of Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mary Roberts Rinehart was a Pittsburgh novelist, mostly of Victorian style whodunits, who in her lifetime was as famous, if not moreso, than Agatha Ch ...more
Jan 1992
Sep 02, 2007
Salmon P. Chase: A Biography
A solid biography, although I think there were sections on Civil War era financial policy that were a bit dense without more context.

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Jan 2003
Aug 20, 2007
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Warning: This is a review of a partial read, but I thought it was worth passing along.

I'm putting this book down not through any great fault of the au
Jan 17, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This is a terrific read on an important and still unsettled issue. The hardiest and most famous human cell line ever grown in a laboratory is known as ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Long before Robert Caro, a former Newsday reporter, began his seemingly endless series of Lyndon Johnson biographies (last volume is in production now ...more
Jan 1976
Aug 30, 2007
America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation

In this book, author Kendall floats the idea that many of America's major accomplishments have been carried out by people with obsessive, detail-orien
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
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