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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary
really liked it
A detailed look at the life of the 6th President and son of the 2nd. JQA was also an Ambassador to Russia and Great Britain, Secretary of State under ...more
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (The Last Lion, #3)
really liked it
A detailed and engrossing look at a remarkable man, Winston Churchill, who led England during the traumatic and dangerous period of 1940- 1945. The au ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Nov 09, 2012
The Captain
it was amazing
I have always thought of this book as one of my most favorite book! After rereading it for the first time since the 60's I got a fresh perspective on ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Night Heron
it was amazing
Excellent spy story set in China with UK and Chinese security services and the dreaded private contractors! A journalist scraping by in Chine writing ...more
Aug 2015
Jul 30, 2015
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
really liked it
Excellent portrayal of the sinking of the Lusitania and the surrounding geopolitical aspects that led to her sinking. The British wanted to lure USA i ...more
Nov 12, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
it was amazing
This is a very interesting and compelling story! While non-fiction it flows like a novel with well developed characters who face a plethora of issues ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
A Single Spy
really liked it
Alexsi, Russian native trained as a spy, sent to Germany in 1930's and becomes a double agent with a lot of exciting adventures! Especially when sent ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1)
really liked it
A new character, Rene Ballard, works the night shift or the late show in LA and demonstrates a determined attitude towards investigating and then foll ...more
Aug 02, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Leaving Berlin
really liked it
Set in Berlin, during the airlift, Alex Meier, an enforced CIA recruit due to his communist leanings is placed in Berlin to gather information. Alex i ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific
it was amazing
Excellent portrayal of WWII in the Pacific! The author gives a good sense of the logistics involved in such a vast swath of territory and the immense ...more
Sep 19, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
it was amazing
A history of Rome from its founding @ 750BCE until 212 CE. Covering a millennium with full treatment of the glory days of Rome in the first two centur ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2015
The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America
really liked it
A look at the global forces at work in this struggle, ie, war in Europe, the royal successions that led to major changes in alliances, and the relativ ...more
Oct 08, 2016
Oct 02, 2016
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
it was amazing
Excellent description of what life was like for poor Southern blacks in the early part of the 20th C. The author follows three families as they think ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Aug 09, 2012
Cape Cod
really liked it
A naturalist view of Cape Cod written @ 150 years ago as he walked the seashore along Cape Cod. Thanks to the National Park designation this land has ...more
Jul 28, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
it was amazing
Excellent and through look at a prospective conflict with China. Mr Allison presents a number of historical cases in which a rising power (China) come ...more
Jul 26, 2017
Jun 16, 2017
Among Thieves
really liked it
This is quite a thriller ! The protagonist, James Beck along with his gang ,esp. Manny and Ciro and Demarco move from action scene to another with bar ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2016
2017 War With Russia: An urgent warning from senior military command
really liked it
Russia attacks the Baltic states in a combination of local uprisings and then full scale invasion. NATO forces are immobilized by the lack of all 28 m ...more
Dec 24, 2016
Dec 18, 2016
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
liked it
What versatile and talented men our country was fortunate to have at its founding, devoted to liberty, freedom, and the growth of the country.
James M
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
The Circle
really liked it
The author spins an intriguing story about the end result of continuing intrusions into our privacy with a vision of cameras everywhere with chilling ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
Jack of Spies (Jack McColl, #1)
really liked it
Engaging lead character, Jack McColl, a nacent British spy in pre-WWI era. Jack is selling luxury autos and takes one with him to China - where he enc ...more
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
Station Eleven
it was amazing
A very interesting book that covers a post pandemic period when a fast acting flu wipes out most of the human population and our civilization. Some 25 ...more
Dec 2015
Nov 27, 2015
Slow Horses (Slough House, #1)
really liked it
MI5 screw-ups relegated to Slough House until they give up the ghost and quit! But the assorted agents persist and in this novel with backstabbing and ...more
Jul 16, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
Mission to Paris (Night Soldiers, #12)
really liked it

Another good spy story recommendation! Set in pre-war (WWII) Paris and describing the various pressures that the Nazis put both on individuals and on
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Spy Games
really liked it
Very exciting and interesting spy tale with MI6 and Chinese intelligence services along with private security forces. Starting with Philip Mangan, a j ...more
Sep 02, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President
really liked it
A short but interesting look at Greatness in the US Presidency. He states his reasons for considering who were the great presidents - Washington, Linc ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
The Cruiser (Dan Lenson, #14)
really liked it
Good action in this naval thriller! A never ending series of problems for the new Skipper to deal with as they, ship and crew, face the challenges of ...more
Apr 11, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
American Romantic
liked it
A survey of the life of Harry Sanders, Foreign Services Officer, from Connecticut. Harry's posting start in Vietnam - prior to the war - where he is i ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
Andrew Johnson (The American Presidents, #17)
liked it
Brief bio of successor to Abraham Lincoln from a hard scrabble background with little formal education he became a Congressman, Governor and then Sena ...more
Feb 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Russian Winter
it was amazing
Excellent writing, good story and attractive characters! Shifting between present time Boston and 40's and 50's Moscow she follows Nina, an aged Balle ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
really liked it
Another excellent book by the distinguished Civil War historian. Prof McPherson covers the Navies on both sides of the war which get only tangential m ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
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