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War and Peace
Wow - that word pretty much sums up my reaction to this book. My first thought upon finishing was that I want to reread this book sometime soon becaus ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Paul Revere's Ride
I read this book in graduate school quite some time ago, but I still remember it as being one that I was fascinated with. It is amazing how little we ...more
Jan 2001
Mar 13, 2008
Another fantastic book by author Jean Edward Smith. He has moved to near the top of my favorite historical writers. This book covers the life of Frank ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Foundation (The History of England, #1)
An enjoyable read about a time period in England that I know very little about. This book covers the history of England from the earliest recorded tim ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Rage (Courtney #6)
I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. This is a classic Wilbur Smith book and I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it more than the 3 stars would indica ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America
A decent book about the labor movement in Chicago in the 1870s and 1880s. The main story focuses on the famous Haymarket incident where dynamite (or w ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
Birds of Prey (Courtney #9)
Yet another great Wilbur Smith book that kept me turning pages. Smith's books generally follow the same formula, but his mixture of history, setting, ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
The King's Coat (Alan Lewrie, #1)
Yet another series that I need to get into. This is the first book that follows the adventures of Alan Lewrie, a young British man who is forced into ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Jan 02, 2012
The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage, #3)
I always enjoy reading books by Greg Iles and this book did not disappoint. It follows the repeating character of Penn Cage and the world of Natchez, ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Napoleon and Hitler
This book is a very good simple history covering the lives, from birth to death, of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler. The book breaks each chapter ...more
Jun 18, 2007
Oct 22, 2010
Iron Curtain : The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956
I had really been looking forward to reading this book but finish it feeling a bit disappointed. I hate being critical of history books because I know ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
The Greatest Day in History: How, on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End
A quick read that takes us through the final week of World War I. Off the top, that statement feels odd since the title of the book would make you bel ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 01, 2012
Girl in Translation
I read this book in one day for my Teaching American History Grant Program. I very much enjoyed this read - much more so than I thought I would. The b ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 02, 2012
Cross Country (Alex Cross, #14)
The last couple of Alex Cross books were verging on a two star rating, but this one finally reached it. While acknowledging for some time that Patters ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 16, 2013
Steve Jobs
A fascinating read about the life of Steve Jobs. This is the first biography I have read about someone who was alive during most of my life. Reading a ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
London Bridges (Alex Cross, #10)
I had not read a James Patterson book in years. This is the 10th installment of the Alex Cross series out of something like 20 books. The last book I ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
This was a very short book that tells the story of a little boy who came close to dying and later tells the story of how he went to Heaven. This is a ...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
Olive Kitteridge
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the characters in each of the short stories, and I love how the author connected them all through t ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal that Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull
A decent book that follows the lives of three Revolutionary War Era historical figures. The famous author and President Thomas Jefferson, the Polish r ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1)
I had long thought about trying to read one of the books from the Star Wars Universe as I had loved the movies as a kid/teen. After seeing that this b ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
I rate this book 3.5 stars. The first half I would give 3 stars, and the second half I would give 4 stars. The book is basically a collection of exten ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Power of the Sword (Courtney #5)
Wilbur Smith delivers again. This guy is shooting up to favorite author status for me. This is the fifth book of his I have read, and they all follow ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Solid book of history that details the history of the Comanche Indian Tribe. The cover of the book is a bit deceiving as the reader is led to believe ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War
I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Shaara's books. This is the fourth of his that I have read, and I really like how he approaches historical fi ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
So these types of books are what I would call my guilty pleasure. I have read the first four Kim Harrison books in the Hollows Series and wanted to tr ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
My first thought after finishing this book is that it is good to know that there have been two perfect human beings in history - Jesus Christ and Aaro ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
The Historian
This was a fun read for me that I would recommend to anyone who loves history. While it is a story about Dracula, the passages discussing the love of ...more
Jan 07, 2008
Feb 07, 2008
April 1865: The Month That Saved America
A fascinating book on the last month of the Civil War. There were dozens of nuggets from this book that I will take with me as nice stories to share w ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Semper Fi (The Corps, #1)
Well I was very surprised by this book. The book has received countless four and five star reviews and I thought I would love it. Historical fiction a ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
What an outstanding find of a book. I had to read this for a history book club I am involved with and I couldn't have had a happier surprise. I don't ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
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