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The Wise King by Simon R. Doubleday
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I just couldn't get into this one. This book is doing two things at once. On the face of it, the book describes the life and times of King Alfonso X of Castile and Leon. Beyond that, it uses his life to examine some deeper cultural/social ways of the ...more
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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This is a great and captivity read about a harrowing situation the author lived through. He gets extra points for being so honest in actions (or non-actions) of his that contributed to the disaster - and for admitting stuff he got wrong when his orig ...more
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I Am America by Stephen Colbert
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It's clever. It's funny. It's wearying.

Yeah, I expected to like it more than I did and am surprised I didn't like it more. But, while the material is good and the jokes clever - it really got old after a while. It's a 220 page inside joke that just g
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Ahead of the Curve by Brian Kenny
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I like this a lot more than I expected to. The advance word I heard about Kenny's book was that it was a self-congratulatory screed - and I could see how that would be the case, based on the title and all. But I thought I'd give it a try.

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A Call to Arms by Maury Klein
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This is a massive in-depth (over 770 pages of text) on the American war machine during WWII. It covers not only the post-Pearl Harbor phase, but even the isolationist period, when America began to build up its arsenal. On the whole, I was rather disa ...more
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Germany 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig
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This is a great book providing a nice overview on German history in the years listed in the title. It's heavily focuses on the high level political history. The occasional forays into other areas seem a bit disjointed as a result.

At times, it's a li
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Better Living Through Criticism by A.O. Scott
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Ever have one of those books where you keep mentally checking out mid-chapter? Yeah, this was one of those books. I didn't mind it, and the parts I was able to pay attention to - but then my mind would always draft. Frankly, even for the parts I was ...more
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The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh
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It's an extremely enjoyable and readable book about two stat-heads given a chance to run an actual baseball team. OK, it's a team in a bottom tier indy league - but it's a team nonetheless.

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The Politicians and the Egalitarians by Sean Wilentz
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This is a disappointing muddle from a historian whose work I normally think quite highly of. There is supposed to be a coherent argument here, but I’m not altogether sure I got it. Mostly I got a bunch of random musings by Wilnetz about various key f ...more
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A Game of Brawl by Bill Felber
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