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With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
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Though thousands of Marines and GI's had similar experiences as U.S. forces island-hopped vs. the Japanese in World War II, most neither were motivated nor articulate enough to record their experiences. But here is a lucid, clear Marine Pfc who did w ...more
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The Shape of the New by Scott L. Montgomery
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Often as I read this book I felt as if I was doing "required" college reading. Even so, I slogged on, mainly because the overall subject matter seemed interesting. It's about four profound historical changes and their impact on the economic and polit ...more
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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
read in January, 2016
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Academic historians tend to look down their noses at works of popular historians such as McCullough, but I like them, particularly McCullough. I've read four of his previous works. All, including this one about Wilbur and Orville, are matchless easy- ...more
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When Presidents Lie by Eric Alterman
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This is the second Alterman book I've read. Again small, tightly packed typography. Three of the five "big lies" presented, LBJ (Tonkin Gulf), R. Reagan (Iran-Contra) and GW Bush (Iraq), are more engaging to read than two others, FDR (Yalta) and JFK ...more
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Three Nights in August by H.G. Bissinger
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I found this book an interesting way to put together a biography -- or is it an autobiography? At any rate, it comes across as a much better read than as if it were a typical ghost-written "as told to" tome. Subject is legendary St. Louis Cardinal ba ...more
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Infamy by Richard Reeves
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I once knew a Japanese-American who had been held in a World War 2 internment camp. Years: 1961-2. Location: Minneapolis, Minn. Name: Akira Itchikawa. Reading this book prompted me to think of him even though we never had an extended conversation abo ...more
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The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis
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Bettyville by George Hodgman
Bettyville
by George Hodgman
read in November, 2015
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A gay son returns to small rural Missouri town from New York City to look after his aged widowed mom. Though that may not appear to be much of an engaging story, author's narrative skill makes it so. Mom still thinks she's the belle of the ball, fuss ...more
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What Liberal Media? by Eric Alterman
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To answer the question, not much, despite sizable propaganda to the contrary. Indeed, it's more like the other way around -- and overwhelmingly so. With 227-pages of tightly packed small print, author convincingly argues that conservatives have force ...more
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The Fourth Revolution by John Micklethwait
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When I was a grad student at the University of Minnesota I took a course in sociology department dealing with the axial periods of history, how great civilizations form, rise to a peak, decline, and then arise again. This heady book prompts me to rec ...more
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