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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
3.96
it was amazing
This book will make you very angry; that a child could be so maltreated by an "expert," who clearly was in need of help himself, but who was so intent ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.99
really liked it
Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question.

Predictably, if you
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Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
4.18
really liked it
Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book in 1993 entitled Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. It was an examination of the roots and a ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
A Beautiful Mind
4.12
it was amazing
"'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terre ...more
Jan 2007
Nov 12, 2008
 
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
4.07
really liked it
I just don't know what to make of this book. It's interesting and filled with all sorts of delectable detail, but as far as the major premise goes, I ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
 
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
3.93
it was amazing
Well, finally getting around to making a few notes about this book which I read at the same time as a bunch of other Everest-summiting books. All are ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.19
it was amazing
Does anyone really care about James Garfield? You will after reading this book. Were it not for the Emperor of Brazil would Alexander Bell have been r ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
Into the Wild
3.96
it was amazing

Addendum 11/10/14

Chris's sister has written a memoir that details some of the home conditions that Krakauer could only hint at (per her request) and
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Jan 2008
Nov 12, 2008
 
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
3.87
really liked it
I used to like Robert Gates. I realize that memoirs, (I have also read Robert McNamara’s mea culpa In Retrospect -https://www.goodreads.com/review/sho ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 04, 2014
 
The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made
4.05
it was amazing
This is the story of what became known as the "American Establishment." "Establishment" was a term that originated in England to describe a circle of ...more
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Nov 28, 2008
 
Savage Sky: Life and Death on a Bomber Over Germany in 1944
4.05
it was amazing
When reviewing a book, I like to compare it against my expectations for that genre: they vary. For a memoir I would expect to learn something about th ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Feb 26, 2012
 
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
3.90
liked it
I love reading about mountain climbing even though wanting to be the one-thousandth person to climb and having fixed ropes and ladders laid out by und ...more
Feb 03, 2013
May 24, 2009
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.39
liked it
In a style reminiscent of Seabiscuit, especially thematically and which could also have been titled “Unbroken”, the author tells the story of Louie Za ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
4.16
it was amazing
Note. If you don't like spoilers, don't read the book since the first chapter reveals what happens right up front. Everyone else *should* read it. Oft ...more
Nov 05, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
 
To Hell and Back
4.18
really liked it
Update: I read this memoir several years ago and am now about 50% through Beyond Band of Brothers The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters. Comparisons w ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
3.51
it was amazing
If you are looking for information about Alan Turing, look elsewhere. The title is a metaphor.

The Nazis did the U.S. a huge favor with their boorish a
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Jul 28, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
4.30
liked it
We used this book for a class I was co-teaching which attempted to measure learning outcomes of community college students. It's an excellent book for ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
 
American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
3.87
really liked it
Justice Scalia is one of those people I'd love to have over for dinner (even though I don't quite have his love of opera,) but I don't buy his premise ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
 
And a Hard Rain Fell
4.13
it was amazing
A very powerful book, especially for those of us who faced the draft and Vietnam in the late sixties. Ketwig was sent to Vietnam where he faced unimag ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 25, 2008
 
Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Seccession and the President's War Powers
3.88
it was amazing
revised 8/21/11

Lincoln and Taney had a lot in common. Both abhorred slavery. Taney (pronounced tawney) freed his slaves early on. Both were ungainly,
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Sep 08, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.60
it was amazing
Truly a depressing book although Bryan Stevenson is a veritable hero. A good companion piece to read with this book is the profile of Stevenson in The ...more
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Jun 05, 2015
 
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
4.07
it was amazing
"What color is God?" asks the young James of his mother, confused by all the white images of Jesus that surround him and his black father and mother. ...more
not set
Nov 12, 2008
 
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
3.93
really liked it
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, both novelists, tired of birthday competitions to see who could present the more extravagant gift. They decided to limit ...more
Jan 2002
Nov 15, 2008
 
Education of a Wandering Man
4.12
it was ok
Several years ago I helped a dear old friend (he died a day after his 102nd birthday in 2009) edit his memoirs. He was not new to writing. In his youn ...more
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
 
Vessel of Wrath: The Life and Times of Carry Nation
4.43
it was amazing
Marvelous book. I challenge anyone to read the page 14 without rolling in the aisles. It was written in 1966, so some of his amusing comments regardin ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
 
Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II
4.18
really liked it
This was written shortly after the end of the war. The author went on to become a military historian and his experiences as a company commander parall ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
 
Widowmaker
4.17
it was amazing
Riveting, but not for the faint-hearted. The term “widowmaker” comes from the slang term given to battalions with casualty rates approaching 90 percen ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
 
Child Of The Happy Valley
3.90
it was amazing
Why would anyone read this book? Well, if you liked Out of Africa or White Mischief, West with the Night, or the Mystery series, Heat of the Sun, my g ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
 
The Watch That Went to War
3.50
really liked it
One of the really great things about the ease of self-publishing today is the plethora of personal memoirs of WW II and Vietnam veterans (not so many ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
3.94
really liked it
What was originally intended to be a meditation on the trial of a Holiness pastor, Glenn Summerford, who was convicted of using snakes to kill his wif ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
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