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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
really liked it
I felt this was an important book to read now, as we feel a rise of nationalism, bigotry, xenophobia, and scapegoating in our current politics. I'm pr ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa
really liked it
I picked this to learn about the (Second) Boer War, but ended up learning about the broader political history of South Africa. There was some on the w ...more
May 12, 2015
May 13, 2015
Introducing Kierkegaard
really liked it
When your high school son takes an exceptional interest in existential philosophy--to the point of asking for Kierkegaard and Nietzchse as Christmas p ...more
May 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
The Martian
really liked it
I'm normally a slow reader (not wpm, but pages per night--I fall asleep!). Since I had other books waiting after finally finishing the previous one, I ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
really liked it
Very good. I'm sure I'd heard the author before on This American Life, or something, but I'd never read any of her books. Actually, listening on audio ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944
it was amazing
I liked the approach that spread the story around the six armies (American, Canadian, British, German, Polish, and French), allowing the chronology to ...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 27, 2014
it was amazing
The book was as good as it's reputation (i.e. VERY good). I'm not all that interested in true crime, but this story intrigued me because of the except ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Aug 12, 2009
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
really liked it
The second of Mark Noll's books that I've read, and again I was impressed. The author takes a methodical, objective walk through nearly 2000 years of ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
it was amazing
A fantastic, deep study of religion and society during the turning point in our country's history. I'm going to have to read more books by Mark Noll, ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Jun 21, 2008
The Harlem Hellfighters
it was ok
A big letdown. I already knew something about WW1, and perhaps that's where the book & I parted ways. Right at the beginning. Although I didn't kn ...more
May 23, 2014
May 27, 2014
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
liked it
I mostly know Anne Lamott from the books Candy has read & loved, particularly when she would read some passage out loud to me. I'd never actually ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
really liked it
A book about offices and working there won't appeal to everyone, but I'm really glad I gave this a try. In equal parts it's about sociology and archit ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
it was amazing
Listened to this audiobook as part of a military history book club. Like a lot of modern Americans, I knew very little about the Korean War. It the co ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
it was amazing
I'd been interested in this book for a while, but it was the upcoming film from Spielberg (starring Daniel Day-Lewis) that is partially based on it th ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Revised and in Full Color
really liked it
Somehow I missed this as a kid, even though I was a LIBRARY kid that devoured everything interesting. Maybe back then old, European history doesn't so ...more
May 25, 2014
May 27, 2014
The Gospel According to the Simpsons
it was ok
I had this on audiobook, and--to be honest--I kept skipping ahead. It just didn't hold my interest, and didn't impress me very much. Once in a while i ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Wright Brothers
really liked it
McCullough follows his familiar formula, writing an inspiring account about some American heroes. The Wright Brothers is a story we think we already k ...more
Jul 02, 2015
Jul 07, 2015
Money: The Unauthorized Biography
really liked it
Maybe like a lot of other people, the global subprime mortgage crisis triggered in me a desire to learn more about economics. Called "the dismal scien ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 15, 2014
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
it was amazing
A 19 hour audiobook that held my attention & interest throughout. The book's subtitle worried me that it might be coming from a firmly political p ...more
May 10, 2011
May 21, 2011
it was ok
I picked this up at the airport, and that's exactly what it was--an airport book, the literary equivalent of a routine summer action movie. The compar ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Roma (Roma, #1)
liked it
Well, I'm glad that I read it, but it was a bit of work for me to get through. I like picking books that inform vacations abroad with a historic conte ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission
liked it
Since I'm working on the next version of this same spacecraft (InSight is a reflight of Phoenix, but with a new science payload to a new part of the p ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
really liked it
I've slowly been trying to learn more about economics, and have a couple unfinished books on my shelf. When my buddy Greg raved about this one, a grap ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
really liked it
An audiobook digital download that I picked up out of boredom & convenience...but turned out to be a fascinating tale of a President I knew little ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
liked it
I'm neither a Star Trek TNG guy, nor a WWdN guy, though I can appreciate both to some degree. Very recently Wil Wheaton is looming large in my main ho ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden
really liked it
An audiobook gift from my dad, who shares my interest in the WW2 air war. The book was very good, more than I was expecting since it examined the enti ...more
May 08, 2010
May 10, 2010
The Great Gatsby
liked it
I read this in high school, then again recently for two reasons. First, the latest movie adaptation is coming soon (not everyone likes Baz Luhrman's w ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Galileo's Daughter
liked it
I received this as a gift from my grandmother years ago. I never read it, but finally got around to enjoying this book in audio formatted, downloaded ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2008
Kingdom Come
it was ok
My comic book phase was somewhat late, and very short, just a few years in high school. I'm neither a big fan of them now, nor do I have any strong pr ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
really liked it
The book is mostly about an amazing incident where an Me-109 pilot escorted a badly damaged B-17 and her crew out of Germany over the North Sea, where ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2013
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