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I, Claudius by Robert Graves
I, Claudius
by Robert Graves
read in May, 1992
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Robert Graves was a writer and poet with many published works credited to his name. He was an intellectual and classicist, who would no doubt have had no trouble engaging in conversation in Greek or Latin with any of the Romans he portrayed in his mo...more
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I have done many impious things--no great ruler can do otherwise. I have put the good of the Empire before all human considerations. To keep the Empire free from factions I have had to commit many crimes.Robert Graves
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To recommend a monarchy on account of the prosperity it gives the provinces seems to me like recommending that a man should have liberty to treat his children as slaves, if at the same time he treats his slaves with reasonable consideration.Robert Graves
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The Thin Red Line by James Jones
The Thin Red Line
by James Jones
read in July, 1999
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This is one of the greatest books on how World War II was fought in the Pacific; it is also unparalleled in its exploration of the nature of war, especially on how it affects the psyches of those bound up in it. It's the second of Jones' trilogy on t...more
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Honor in the Dust by Gregg Jones
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Gregg Jones chronicles a critical four-year period, from 1898 to 1902, in which Americans allowed their blood to grow hot over war frenzy with a European power, allowing their sense of Manifest Destiny to embrace new responsibilities toward newly lib...more
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Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian
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The "Surprise" is on a secret mission to South America, helping Chileans gain their independence. Nothing goes simply in a Patrick O'Brian novel, and the passage to Chile is fraught with delays. After arriving, Maturin needs to navigate among the var...more
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The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian
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Jack Aubrey is in his glory in this book. As a squadron commodore, he is able to wrangle command of his favorite ship, the small and fast "Surprise" and he, as always, uses this ship to its best advantages. He meets a French frigate in combat and sin...more
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The Nikon Creative Lighting System by Mike Hagen
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Mike Hagen takes the guesswork out of navigating the users' manual that comes with your flash and trying to apply experience and intuition to using any of the line of Nikon Sb flashes. I bought a couple of them after seeing how versatile and powerful...more
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The Last Lion by William R. Manchester
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This volume of William Manchester's trilogy covers Winston S. Churchill's life from birth up to age fifty-eight, and there are two more volumes to follow. The book contains highly interesting, informative sections of background essential to understan...more
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The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
The Onion Field
by Joseph Wambaugh (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 1983
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Joseph Wambaugh obtained BA and MA degrees in college while serving his fourteen year LAPD career. He was still working in the detective division when "The New Centurions" was published and became a success. He was also serving on the force when two...more
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