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Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #11)
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

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
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp, #8)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
A King's Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
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
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
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
Then We Take Berlin
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
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
The Martian
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
The Terrifying Wind: Seeking Shelter Following the Death of a Child
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
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
I really enjoyed reading the first half of this book and sharing author’s insights about happiness with my wife (look up from reading and yell “hey, t ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
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
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
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
This is one of those popular how-to or admonishment books that I assumed I knew what was in it. So, I thought I didn’t have to read it. I was wrong.

Nov 11, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Very interesting, uniquely presented, well researched, and easy to read biography of President Garfield. Elected in 1880, he was President for about 6 ...more
Sep 29, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Grand Pursuit: A History of Economic Genius
I read Ms. Nasar’s book in 30-minute chunks (e.g., on stationary bike) over about 8 months. Although the last half of it (covering about 1930 to 2000) ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
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
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II
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

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
Apr 30, 2011
May 01, 2011
The Killer Angels
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 Help
Wow, a powerful, currently-a-hit novel in the US about a 23 year old white woman in Jackson MS writing a book in 1963-4 about the relationship between ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
This is a well researched, interesting, and good non-fiction book about a plane wreck in New Guinea in 1945. Three people survived and over 20 died wh ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 29, 2012
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
This is about the great migration of blacks from the South in about the 1910-1970 period to places like Detroit and New York. These migrants left behi ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 12, 2012
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