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Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #11)
4.34
I enjoy Flynn's CIA/terrorist novels. The 400+ pages flew by in less than 2 days. This is his latest book, and I was happy to see my friend England st ...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
 
The Conquest of New Spain
4.05


This is a 2-volume English translation of Castillo’s memoirs centered on his years with Cortes’ expedition-invasion of Mexico and Mexico City in the 1
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Mar 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
 
Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp, #8)
4.34
Vince Flynn is a Twin Cities writer who reads like a DC policy wonk who hangs out with CIA types. Wild guess is his sources are Clancy on tech things ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 26, 2007
 
Year Zero: A History of 1945
3.86
Year Zero is about the end of WWII in 1945. I read this because of a great review in WSJ. Early on and throughout my read I felt this was too much lik ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
 
Mourning Becomes Cassandra
3.69
Cass is a 30 year old, whose husband and 1-year-old daughter die unexpectedly. She goes dark for over a year. She begins to get a new life moving in w ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
 
Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)
4.31
This is about the 3rd or 4th CIA, special ops, our stud hero is "Rapp", reads like believeable current events, fiction novel by Vince Flynn that I hav ...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
3.85
Solid research (lots of footnotes), almost too much detailed stats at some points, and excellent writing (e.g., short sentences) are the strength of t ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt
3.56
This 260-page book on Teddy focuses mostly on his years in the white house. He was McKinley's VP elected effective early 1901, McKinley killed Septmbe ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
On The Brink: Inside The Race To Stop The Collapse Of The Global Financial System
3.60
Reading this book I became aware how naïve I must have been back especially in 2008 as the financial system in the US lurched from crisis to crisis re ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
 
Brainrush (Brainrush, #1)
3.70
I was hesitant on reading this book and on giving it a good grade. But, when I got into it, I found this book a never ending, thrill packed, hard-to-b ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.33
This was a fabulous book. The best one I have read in a long time. I learned more about the US North vs South, not to mention about Abe Lincoln and hi ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
The Martian
4.35
I was wowed. I really liked this book. It far exceeded my expectations. I ordered it because it had high reviews, but I did not read them carefully. I ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
 
Then We Take Berlin
3.82
My sister-in-law Margaret kept telling me to read something by John Lawton. This was my first. Lawton is well published with a previous series. It tur ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
4.03
I really enjoyed reading this 900 page (maybe 80% text) biography of old Joe Kennedy. The author is not afraid to discuss Joe’s faults and shortcoming ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
A King's Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
4.31
I would love to give this book 4.5 stars. I tilt to the 5 because Ms. Penman does a wonderful job of discovering the historical facts (more later) and ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
 
The Terrifying Wind: Seeking Shelter Following the Death of a Child
4.80
This recently published, somber book is absolutely beautifully written by a mother aching with grief at the sudden death of her 25-year-old daughter. ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
4.06
Currently this is the #1 nonfiction book in the US. However, it is not as compelling and well written as other recent popular nonfictions like Unbroke ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
 
Half Broke Horses
4.02

I just flat out enjoyed reading this. I kept thinking I was reading one of Ivan Doig’s books. Rather than set on a Montana ranch in the 1900-1950 time
...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
4.38
Steve Raymond recently wrote a good Goodreads review with a grade of 4 on this book. Having just finished Unbroken (current best seller about a US POW ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
Arabian Sands
4.16
This was written in 1959 by Thesiger, some 10 years following his nearly 5-year exploration of the Arabian Desert, or as some refer to it, the Empty Q ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Pacific
4.04


The author, who lives in Montana, is the son of Steven Ambrose who wrote one of my favorite books, Undaunted Courage. The Pacific came out in 2010 alo
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Mar 26, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
 
Coercion
4.33
The story is set mostly in Russia in 1987-91. The USSR folds at the end of 1991. A secret group of KGB officials starting in 1987 begin to launch thei ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.21
I was alerted to this book through a Goodreads friend's review. I really got hooked on it once I began. It came out in 2010, and is the 1st of 3 (3rd ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2013
 
Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
4.35
This is written from the platoon (30 guys) Lt's recall of his unit's stay in very Eastern Afganistan in 2006-7. There are a number of fairly major bat ...more
May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II
4.34
I learned a lot about Franklin and Eleanor, about their roles in the US just before and during WWII, and about their friends. Franklin loved his cockt ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
4.16

After Teddy lost the 1912 election (running as an independent) he was anxious for and needed an adventure to focus on. With support for National Geogr
...more
Apr 30, 2011
May 01, 2011
 
The Killer Angels
4.27
Shaara published this popular Civil War story in 1987. I read it in the 90’s and was very impressed and surely would have given it a 5. I reread it th ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
The Lion (John Corey, #5)
4.19
I've read several of DeMille's books - my favorite was Charm School. This latest has the hero (John, a disabled but still healthy NYPD officer contrac ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
 
Everything
3.47
The author is a University of Montana teacher of fiction writing. The New York Times’ reviewers really liked this book. I found throughout it was a bi ...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010
 
Going Rogue: An American Life
3.28
We have friends who would gag if/when I tell them I read Sarah Palin’s book. Well, I learned a lot and liked it. I ding it 1 star because she goes a b ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
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