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Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944
4.03
I liked the approach that spread the story around the six armies (American, Canadian, British, German, Polish, and French), allowing the chronology to...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
4.03
A fantastic, deep study of religion and society during the turning point in our country's history. I'm going to have to read more books by Mark Noll,...more
Apr 19, 2009
Jun 21, 2008
 
The Harlem Hellfighters
3.95
A big letdown. I already knew something about WW1, and perhaps that's where the book & I parted ways. Right at the beginning. Although I didn't kn...more
May 23, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
The Gospel According to the Simpsons
3.53
I had this on audiobook, and--to be honest--I kept skipping ahead. It just didn't hold my interest, and didn't impress me very much. Once in a while i...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
Money: The Unauthorized Biography
3.72
Maybe like a lot of other people, the global subprime mortgage crisis triggered in me a desire to learn more about economics. Called "the dismal scien...more
Sep 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission
3.77
Since I'm working on the next version of this same spacecraft (InSight is a reflight of Phoenix, but with a new science payload to a new part of the p...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
4.26
I've slowly been trying to learn more about economics, and have a couple unfinished books on my shelf. When my buddy Greg raved about this one, a grap...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
 
Fragment
3.64
I picked this up at the airport, and that's exactly what it was--an airport book, the literary equivalent of a routine summer action movie. The compar...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
I read this in high school, then again recently for two reasons. First, the latest movie adaptation is coming soon (not everyone likes Baz Luhrman's w...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.17
An audiobook digital download that I picked up out of boredom & convenience...but turned out to be a fascinating tale of a President I knew little...more
Jul 15, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
3.82
A 19 hour audiobook that held my attention & interest throughout. The book's subtitle worried me that it might be coming from a firmly political p...more
May 10, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
Introducing Kierkegaard
3.77
When your high school son takes an exceptional interest in existential philosophy--to the point of asking for Kierkegaard and Nietzchse as Christmas p...more
May 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
 
Roma (Roma, #1)
3.84
Well, I'm glad that I read it, but it was a bit of work for me to get through. I like picking books that inform vacations abroad with a historic conte...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
 
Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden
3.60
An audiobook gift from my dad, who shares my interest in the WW2 air war. The book was very good, more than I was expecting since it examined the enti...more
May 08, 2010
May 10, 2010
 
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
3.98
I'm neither a Star Trek TNG guy, nor a WWdN guy, though I can appreciate both to some degree. Very recently Wil Wheaton is looming large in my main ho...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
 
Galileo's Daughter
3.70
I received this as a gift from my grandmother years ago. I never read it, but finally got around to enjoying this book in audio formatted, downloaded...more
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Kingdom Come
4.24
My comic book phase was somewhat late, and very short, just a few years in high school. I'm neither a big fan of them now, nor do I have any strong pr...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
 
The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II
3.67
For a student of military history, I keep finding out things I didn't know. For WW2, I've had an American's typical understanding that focuses on the...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
The Hunters
4.07
Salter's book about F-86 fighter pilots in the Korean War was recently recommended (endorsed) on one of my favorite podcasts, the Slate Culture Gabfes...more
May 06, 2013
May 07, 2013
 
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
4.02
[Audiobook recording from my public library.]

Like the previous Lincoln book I read (about Lincoln's use of the telegraph as near-instant communication...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
 
A Little History of the World
4.07
Apparently this book is famous & widespread in all but the English-speaking world, where it took seventy years to get a translation. I just learne...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
 
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
3.78
The second of Mark Noll's books that I've read, and again I was impressed. The author takes a methodical, objective walk through nearly 2000 years of...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.90
I read the author's previous Pulitzer-winning book, Gold, Germs, and Steel, some years ago. I remembered that the general topic--in fact the entire th...more
Mar 06, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours
4.24
The book itself is just ok, but the principles themselves are pearls of wisdom. The fascinating part is that they came from Wooden's dad, not his own...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
Five Days in London: May 1940
3.68
Several years ago I listened to an audiobook of the same author's treatment (The Duel) of a similar subject: a focus on a limited timeframe during WW2...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.35
I'd been interested in this book for a while, but it was the upcoming film from Spielberg (starring Daniel Day-Lewis) that is partially based on it th...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1)
4.00
I read this for the same reason I've read some other books--it tied-in with a place I visited on vacation. When I got the opportunity to travel to Swi...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement: A Guide to Your Financial Future
2.75
With college expenses coming up as soon as two years from now, I'm reading up on a variety of financial books on the topic. (Especially when our curre...more
Nov 27, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
The Prince
3.72
I can't find the exact edition I read, which is unfortunate since my favorite part was the extended (45 page) introduction. This was a Barnes & No...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Revised and in Full Color
4.20
Somehow I missed this as a kid, even though I was a LIBRARY kid that devoured everything interesting. Maybe back then old, European history doesn't so...more
May 25, 2014
May 27, 2014
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