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Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean
We learned about Henry Flagler while in St. Augustine. He could be the most forgotten man outside of Florida yet was one the most influential and powe ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
The End of Illness
If you care at all about your own state of health this is a book you need to read. My introduction to Dr. David Agus was via an interview on The Daily ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre
one hundred and twenty three years later and its as though we as a nation have learned nothing. This is more a book about national politics and just h ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Crazy Horse: A Life (Penguin Lives Biographies)
A short read but only because there is so little known about Crazy Horse. Visit the monument and you gain some understanding of what he means to Nativ ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
The title would better be served as Twenty-five Books That Shaped America's Writing. Very interesting. I bought 3 books that I have not read and will ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Spontaneous Happiness
Of good value yet even more value to someone that suffers from depression. I was able to extract some usefull information about diet and exercise that ...more
May 03, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
Boone's Lick
After reading a long history book preceeded by a somewhat "helpful" self help book I needed a break from reading while still wanting to read. The perf ...more
May 24, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
Enlightening yet disturbing. A must read for anyone that seeks insights into todays international relations, eye opening looks and the development of ...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Funny and so very interesting. The 2 pages about the University of Iowa were very very funny since our son was attending Iowa at the time of his visit ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
The Sun Also Rises
Oh well... at least I came away with why a few of Hemingway's books were made into movies. He wrote screen plays not novels. I have to keep in mind th ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 01, 2012
Morning of Fire: John Kendrick's Daring American Odyssey in the Pacific
A great example of events that are not covered well even in college course work. Kendrick was a man that paved the way for America's presence in both ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
The Great Gatsby
A great book by a great writer. Good snippets of backstory, good character development, a couple of twists to the plot line and you wind up with a com ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
All My Friends are Going to Be Strangers
Danny Deck is a very unlikable character, in fact I didn't find any, and I do mean any. of the people in this book likable. I got the feeling that McM ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Another great book by Bryson. 20 years ago I thought about walking the AT... I'm glad I didn't. I don't think I would have made it past the first 3 da ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Hollywood: A Third Memoir
If nothing else it gives some insights as to how film makers choose material for their screen plays. As with all of his work this was entertaining but ...more
Oct 29, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
great insights for the layman as to the causes of the international financial turmoil. primarily the Euro Zone countries. National character and cultu ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
It's amazing when you learn so much about something you already think you know a lot about. I have a much better appreciation of how Hitler came to po ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
My Antonia (Great Plains trilogy #3)
Ok, this is a classic novel. Saying that I still could never get into it. In fact I only read the first 60 pages. The character development is good bu ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
What a wonder filled book. Interesting, informative and oft times funny. One of the best books I have ever read.
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Feb 28, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
One of my best friends suggested that I read this classic again since I last read it in '63 or'64. It truly is a great novel. I found it to be interes ...more
May 19, 2011
May 24, 2011
War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier
Another great book about an oft overlooked period of our country's development. Roger's Rangers Rangers are often mentioned in our HS and college hist ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Another Bryson masterpiece. A perfect book for any Boomer, makes looking back to our youth an entertaining and laugh out loud adventure. You would be ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
The story of three men and how their lives intersected in Alaska and the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush years of the mid 1890s. You get a real se ...more
Jun 17, 2011
May 25, 2011
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
A compelling read. Larson's research and attention to detail brings this one home. Our sense of superiority in this country today pales when compared ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
Started a little slow for a Larson book but picks up steam about a quarter of the way through it. It is not until the second half of the book does it ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
"Things you want to know about Shakespeare ... that you nor I ever will and other interesting tidbits of Elizabethan England", would be an apt title. ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
Read this on the plane to and from Florida this April. Could not help but laughing out load. A masterpiece of insight into the culture of middle class ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
A book that is essential to understanding the 2007-2008 melt down of our economy. And the scary part is that a lot of the problems are still built in ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Notes from a Small Island
As a travel book... outstanding. As a book on the insights to English culture... outstanding. As a book that is a joy to read... outstanding. If you l ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
An excellent book for both genders . It's more about generations than age or gender. THis should be must reading for our grown children. Easy to relat ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
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