James Christensen
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Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Good read - construction of the transcontinental railroad 1863 to 1869 - Time top pick 2000 - good analysis of risks taken by builders, wisdom of government in granting land rights to builders & issuing bonds which were fully repaid with interest ...more
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Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara
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I like his style of writing from the perspective of a character in the historical setting. This focuses on Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Gates, George Washington.

This covers the lead up to the Declaration of Independence and the commencement
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Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
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Antony Beevor (Penguin 1998) - (hist) - '01 - detailed, atrocious losses (500,000 Germans / 27 million Russians {9 military / 18 civilian}) - evokes respect for the Russian people, but none for the political leaders, on either side. Huge mistake by H ...more
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The Last River by Todd Balf
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Very interesting insight to the mindset and skill level of leading edge athletes. In this case, kayakers down the "Everest" of rivers, the Yarlung Tsangpo through the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet. Wick Walker, Tom and Jamie McEwan, Doug Gordon (dies) & ...more
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The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts
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The March of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Excellent insights and analysis of the follies of leaders, leadership, governments. Focuses on the Renaissance Popes whose pathetic example was the antithesis of Christianity which provoked the protestant secession (1470-1530: Sixtus IV, Innocent VII ...more
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Bat 21 by William C. Anderson
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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
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The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
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Recollections by Viktor E. Frankl
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When he is not waxing psychological it is an interesting look into the mind of a psychologist who lost his wife and all family save one sister to the same concentration camps which he survived and wrote about in "Man's Search for Meaning", a book wri ...more
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