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The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
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I read this after my friend Nick recommended it. The author was a Scottish POW who was tortured by his Japanese captors. What makes his story powerful is when he meets one of the captors years later, and writes of the value of forgiveness.
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Jesse James by T.J. Stiles
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Author Stiles blows away the folk myth that Jesse James was a Robin Hood populist hero. Stiles puts the outlaw's story in the political context of his times - post Civil War - and place - violence ridden Missouri. James was a political terrorist of h ...more
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Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
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Jurek runs and runs and runs, sometimes 24 hours a day, sometimes 100 miles or more. He also is a vegan. I'm a sucker for stories about ultra athletes.
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Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
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A quick, inspiring read about a recovering alcoholic who, at middle age, starts doing ultra marathons. The climax of the book is when he and a friend do 5 ultra marathons in a week on 5 of the Hawaiian islands.
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Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda
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According to the author, Lee was a true gentleman, and despite his being a brilliant military leader such a quality was his undoing. He hated confrontation with his generals. He also opposed slavery and secession, but he was a Virginian first, and wh ...more
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The Man Who Saved the Union by H.W. Brands
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Brands writes history in a straight-forward manner, with no flourishes. Over all, he makes a strong argument about why Grant was a good president, but the story after the Civil War begins to lose steam.
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The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
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According to the author, before JFK Thomas Meagher was the most famous Irishman in the US. Now he's largely forgotten. Egan recounts Meagher's life as Irish revolutionary, prisoner, and US civil war general. The book starts slowly, but picks up, and ...more
Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
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Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
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Gwynnes' writing is engaging, and after reading his first book, I wanted to read this one. Stonewall Jackson was a complex man - deeply religious, a horrible teacher who turned out to be a brave, smart military leader. I've never been interested in t ...more
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