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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
really liked it
The amount of detail in this book is astounding. It is hard to imagine how much research must have gone into it. Depending on your point of view this ...more
Dec 02, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King
it was amazing
This book could easily have been some boring academic treatise but it is exactly the opposite. It is one of the most interesting books I have read in ...more
Jun 02, 2014
May 23, 2014
One Day in August: The Remarkable True Story Behind the Greatest Raid of World War II
it was amazing
The author bases the book on the premise that the reason for the raid on Dieppe was that it was a pinch raid to capture a four rotor Enigma machine. T ...more
Aug 08, 2017
Nov 22, 2013
All Hell Let Loose: The World at War, 1939-1945
really liked it
This is a great book for getting and overview of WW2. It would be a good starting place for someone interested in the big picture. From this you could ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
My Life as an Indian
really liked it
Going in to this book I wasn't expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Seeing as it was published in 1907 I thought the language might be ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Apr 17, 2009
Isabella: The Warrior Queen
it was amazing
A wonderful book about an incredible lady. She lived in very turbulent times. There was the expansion of the Turkish Muslim empire, expelling Jews and ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Flying Carpet
it was amazing
Wonderful book! It is the story of the author and his friend Moye Stephens who, in 1931, flew from L.A. to New York, put their Stearman bi-plane on a ...more
May 19, 2011
May 10, 2011
Seven League Boots
really liked it
Richard Halliburton was a travel writer and reporter who went on an epic adventure around 1935. He visited Fort Jefferson, a federal prison way off th ...more
Jun 24, 2015
May 14, 2012
Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
it was amazing
This is a great book. It is way more than just a story of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The battle is just the glue that holds the book together. ...more
Feb 07, 2011
May 09, 2010
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Thrones
it was amazing
This is a wonderful biography about a remarkable and basically forgotten man. William Marshall (1147 - 1219) served five different kings, raised himse ...more
Feb 2016
Jan 06, 2016
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
it was amazing
This is an endlessly interesting and often harrowing story of two pilots who meet in the skies over Germany in December 1943. It follows the career of ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers
really liked it
Rarely do I tackle books this long but I really enjoyed all 932 pages. All the way through the book was interesting and entertaining. Certainly a more ...more
Sep 02, 2017
Apr 08, 2017
Darling Child: Private Correspondence Of Queen Victoria And The Crown Princess Of Prussia, 1871 1878
liked it
The book consists of edited letters written between Queen Victoria and her daughter the Crown Princess of Prussia. Most of the correspondence revolves ...more
Jun 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
The Travels of Marco Polo The Venetian
liked it
A very interesting book comprised of many short chapters (223 in just 357 pages). The beginning and end of the book describe Polo's travels. Mostly he ...more
May 22, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya
really liked it
John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood met while exploring Egypt and the Middle East in the 1830's, then in the 1840's they explored Guatemala and Mex ...more
Oct 14, 2017
Jun 14, 2017
The Star of Africa: The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace Who Dominated the WWII Skies
liked it
Depending on what you want from this book it is either great, or just good. If you are a war historian this book is amazing. It chronicles most of Mar ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City of Gold
really liked it
Timbuktu, the mysterious "lost city" (if a city with 12,00 inhabitants can be lost). Reported to have streets paved with gold and with buildings studd ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Jun 26, 2012
Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943
liked it
I had basic knowledge of the Dam Buster's story but this book provided me with a lot more detail. It is more of a 3.5 star book. There is a lot of set ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
really liked it
This is a very moving book about a Jewish teenager from Sighet Transylvania who survived a year, 1944 - 1945, in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. In 1942 a J ...more
Jul 26, 2017
Apr 25, 2017
I Will Bear Witness 1933-41 A Diary of the Nazi Years
it was ok
Quite a long book that for me didn't really get rolling until the war years. It starts with a fair amount about his life as a scholar. It does tell th ...more
Mar 2015
Sep 19, 2013
Stolen Continents: 500 Years of Conquest and Resistance in the Americas
really liked it
It is hard to believe that when Columbus "discovered" the Americas there were already 100 million natives in North and South America.

A very interestin
Oct 31, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
The Last Cruise of the Emden
liked it
This is a very interesting story about the Emden, a German cruiser that terrorized the Indian Ocean during WW1. After capturing and sinking many ships ...more
Nov 30, 2011
May 18, 2011
The Lost Tomb
really liked it
An interesting book about the exploration of KV 5, the possible tomb of the sons of Ramesses II. It is scholarly enough to give you some insight into ...more
Aug 13, 2013
May 01, 2013
We Remember the Blitz
really liked it
The book is a compilation of hundreds of letters about people's experience with the Blitz. You might think that they would all be the same but though ...more
Nov 26, 2016
May 02, 2016
it was ok
If your mind keeps drifting to other things when you are reading a book it is not a good sign

This is not a bad book, just not a good read for me. The
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
really liked it
The harrowing story of a Marine mortar man who saw action on Peleliu and Okinawa. This is no strategic campaign history, this is grunts on the ground ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
really liked it
A well researched and incredibly interesting book about Magellan's attempt to find the Spice Islands. Five ships and 260 men leave Spain, 1 ship and 1 ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
Green Men  White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names
liked it
As the title says, it is a compilation of stories of how British pubs got their names. A perfecr book to pick up and put down while wasting a few minu ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Dec 30, 2011
The Great Escape: A Canadian Story
really liked it
Even though this is a well known story I still picked up a ton of information I hadn't heard before. Of course being Canadian it was great to get a Ca ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
The Nuremberg Interviews
really liked it
This book is based on interviews by an American psychiatrist who interviewed defendants and witnesses at the Nuremberg trails. There were two main the ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Dec 07, 2010
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