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Tropic of Cancer
This book defines what it means to live a totally free existence, a life wallowing in art and free of the constraints of time and money. Miller's amaz...more
Jan 1972
Jan 21, 2008
Maps for Lost Lovers
I've got to find some crappy books that I hated or even OK books that I struggled through. I'm giving everything five stars, but believe me, this beau...more
Aug 2007
Jan 18, 2008
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II
This might be the best book written in the twentieth century. It is, of course, an important historical document. Its six books one by one deal with t...more
Jan 1975
Feb 28, 2008
America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It
Is the Welfare State leading us down the road to extinction? You bet, says Mark Stein and then he proceeds to make such a good case for that and the r...more
not set
Jan 21, 2008
Old Calabria
This is a narrative of a Presbyterian Scotsman's journey, on foot, from the heel to the tip of the toe of Italy around the turn of the last century. D...more
Jan 1985
Feb 26, 2008
This book is anti-erotica. Its about a girl who is forced into prostitution by a totally heartless world (London in the eighteeth century) and who pro...more
Jan 2004
Jan 29, 2008
Dreaming the Serpent Spear (Boudica, #4)
I love historical novels about this period. I started read this quadrilogy a few years ago but stopped because the last two books hadn't been released...more
May 2009
May 20, 2009
A History of the American People
This book is an excellent general history of the US, one which accents the cultural development of this nation. It is an antidote to the puerile trash...more
not set
Jan 22, 2008
Cat's Cradle
This book used to be my religion. When I lived as a wandering, hitchiking hippie I was just acting on the Bokononist tenet, "Always take weird travel...more
Jan 1969
Jan 29, 2008
Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary
This is a very interesting fragment of history. A researcher in the Chicom central archives, with full access to many top secret documents has written...more
Jun 2009
Jun 05, 2009
The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2)
In this second book in the Masters Of Rome series the characters that were introduced in 'First Man In Rome' continue to move the narrative forward. T...more
not set
Jan 15, 2010
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
The first of the 'Emperor' series. This one is Ceasar and Brutus, one the honored son the other the adopted bastard, growing up on a farm outside of R...more
Aug 2007
Jan 29, 2008
The Casual Vacancy
I never read any of the Harry Potter books...Wizards? Magic? Quidditch? Pluh-leez, give me a break. That means I came to JK Rowling's first 'adult' no...more
Nov 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Sin City High
Easily the greatest book ever written! Well, OK, the greatest book I'VE ever written. This is an account of Paul, a student at Valley High School in L...more
Jan 2010
Apr 24, 2010
The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
This is a brilliant beginning to the six book set that chronicles the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of Julius Caesar. This first book fo...more
not set
Jan 15, 2010
Empire (Roma, #2)
This book, second in the set, moves into the age of the Emperors. It is loosely based on Suetonius and Tacitus. The family of the Potitii is apparentl...more
Feb 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Darkness at Noon
I hadnt read or thought about this book in years but I was doing some research on interrogations and it popped up in my mind. This book never got the...more
May 1966
Nov 23, 2009
Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3)
this book is a transition in the series from the main focus being on Marius and Sulla to the main character being Caesar. Unfortunately it suffers a b...more
Jan 2010
Apr 24, 2010
Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome, #4)
Caesar now becomes the main focus of the series and the narrative hits its stride again in this book. It covers the ten years Caesar spent in Rome bef...more
Jan 2010
Apr 24, 2010
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
This book started out confusing me a bit as the narrator changed without any explanation several times but after I got sucked into the story it didnt...more
Dec 2010
Jan 20, 2011
Post Office
I love this book! I was a parent volunteer on one of my kid's school field trip to the main post office in our area and asked one of the people we met...more
Aug 1990
Nov 23, 2009
The Making of the President 1968
More research on the book I'm writing. I wasnt prepared for how much I liked this book. It points to how much journalism has declined in a generation....more
Sep 2009
Nov 23, 2009
The Beacon at Alexandria
This is a novel about an aristocratic girl, Charis, in Ephesus around 380 AD. Her father wants to marry her to a crony of the Emperor Valens, who has...more
Jan 1992
Jan 21, 2008
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels (5 Volumes)
Dear Abby used to say that length didnt matter but this twenty-book series is long enough to make you stay in love forever. The first couple of times...more
Jan 2004
Feb 08, 2008
When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler
World war 2 in Russia was the most savage conflict in human history. The average soldier was trapped between an enemy who routinely murdered and tortu...more
Feb 2008
Feb 25, 2008
The other day I cruised over to the History Channel and there they were with another breathless special about the predictions of Nostril-Damage, some...more
not set
Jan 21, 2008
SS General
I had limped along with my well-thumbed copy of 'Comrades Of War' for years before one day, in a used book store in Burbank, I encountered this and se...more
Jan 1993
Jan 18, 2008
Transit Maps of the World
If someone asks you what your favorite TV show is and your answer is 'Modern Marvels' get in your car and drive REAL FAST down to the nearest decent b...more
Dec 2007
Jan 23, 2008
A Cartoon History Of Our Times
I learned a lot about drawing from this book of political cartoons that I found jammed into the thousands of books my father had. I was seven or eight...more
Jan 1959
Feb 20, 2008
Roma (Roma, #1)
This book is basically a fictionalization on Livy's books on the early history of Rome. Saylor uses the history of two families, the Potitii and their...more
Feb 2011
Feb 22, 2011
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