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Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
This is a gem and I cannot say why I read it except that I have read as much as I can about the Nazi era in an attempt to understand it. I have read a ...more
May 2007
Jan 26, 2008
The Years That Were Fat: Peking, 1933 1940
It is fascinating that China was so different from the west in the 1930's and so quickly it is changing, but make no mistake it is also staying the sa ...more
Feb 2004
Jan 26, 2008
Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)
I read Shanghai Girls and enjoyed it, but Dreams of Joy added to my previous interest in and understanding of the Middle Empire. My mother's Uncle spe ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
A Man in Full
I really appreciate this writer's knowledge of his chosen subjects, locations and situations. I think at times he presents us with more detail than ne ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents
This is a very important book that every American should read. Reality does exist even though the political princes occupying the halls of our capitol ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath
One would think that the exchange of so many letters written so close together would bore one to death. This is not the case. Each letter had much the ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2013
Island Justice
It is a wonderfully written book, but troubling. The disappointment I have is the grammar errors and the misspellings and the mistakes in the book. Th ...more
Nov 05, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
The Walnut Door
This is the longest, drawn out, complicated, narration of foreplay, I have ever read. I gave it 3 stars because just as an example of the elegant use ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
The Second Coming
I wanted to like this book but could not find a reason to do so. The praise for Percy is so generous that I guess I expected more. While the author is ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2013
The Immigrants (Lavette Family, #1)
I thought this book was flawed in that it attempted to cover too much about too many characters in too short a space. It was interesting, though as a ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
The Ghost Writer
I gained a better understanding of the unintended consequences the public view of words. The same evening I finished this work I watched a documentary ...more
May 31, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
Meltdown A free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
This is an interesting book on the Austrian Economist's explanation of the Business Cycle and the previous Depressions of the Nineteenth and Twentieth ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene
There were actions of the Eugenic nature prior to the time the Nazi's were in position to take retribution against resisters and there were jealousies ...more
Jan 2000
Jul 08, 2009
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
One of the reviews I read as I was reading this book stated it was only a re-hash of Pillars of the Earth and I was glad I had not read that book beca ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
I will never again look at a dog in the same way after reading this wonderful book. I sent a copy to my son and have recommended it to friends. I prob ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
Angle of Repose
I was living in Nevada City, CA when I read this book that was supposed to be a fiction version of the Foote family who lived in the area. There was a ...more
Jan 1995
Jul 08, 2009
The Fourth Estate
This book started well and became boring. The only person in the book whom one could empathize with at all was only introduced near the end and was be ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
A well written story of my scrawny, insecure youth. Not a bit like my family but certainly a recording of my internal dialogue. A little painful to st ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
The 19th Wife
This is an excellent book. I was mesmerized for most of the book but near the ed it bogged down a little bit. However, it was well worth reading. I wo ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
This book is about a man who lived a life of honor and grace. It is about growth, love, decency, courage and grace. Henry, the protagonist has become ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
110 Shanghai Road
I loved this book, especially all the inside China references, but felt it got a little raw in places and kind of frantic near the end in an attempt t ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Beggarman, Thief
I was a little disappointed in the literary quality. I thought that the writing was a little bit pedestrian. There were all the elements of a good sto ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Secrets from the Past
The book told a good story. I thought it could have been shorter. It was a bit wordy and a lot of the words repeated previous words. The story, howeve ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
I like generational books, epic stories, so I liked it. The ending was a little weak, I thought. Then again that is a minor complaint about a book of ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Warlord
I do not remember where i got this book, but it really impressed me. I learned a lot reading it and that is why I am such a fan of Historical Fiction.
May 20, 2010
May 20, 2010
Look Homeward, Angel
There were times I felt that Wolfe was attempting to express how well read he was and thus making the story less accessible than it could have been.
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 24, 2009
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
I finally waded through this. I am not sure why except that his reputation was so exalted I hoped something worthwhile would emerge.
Jul 2009
Aug 05, 2009
This is one of the books I have read that the media version was better than the book. Anthony Hopkins courtroom scene was amazing.
Jan 2003
Jul 08, 2009
The Great Gatsby
I kind of liked this book but not as much as I expected to from the reviews I had read previously. I thought it was strangely familiar and later I rea ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 25, 2008
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Wonderfully personal account of Lincoln's style of governing that was almost universally undervalued until it was understood.
Feb 2010
Mar 03, 2010
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