Category Archives: Book reviews

Worlds Collide, a Review of Dead Wake

The sinking of the Lusitania was an act of terrorism. 1,195 people died. None were military personnel. Continue reading

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Descendants of the Silk Strike: Two Book Reviews

Reviews of books by two authors whose grandparents lived through the Paterson Silk Strike. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Book Reviews

Books reviews of sources for history of vacations in America. Continue reading

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Of Bullets, Germs and ‘Numbing Pomposity’

Most Americans, even if you exclude those who don’t read at all, don’t read American history. It’s a result of their upbringing. They were subjected to enforced exposure to some of the dullest, ugliest, least imaginative textbooks in existence. James … Continue reading

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A Growing Up in the 50’s Book Review: Ike and Dick

Prior to reading Jeffrey Frank’s book my opinion of these two men was that Eisenhower was probably a decent man and fairly good president. Nixon, on the other hand, was Tricky Dick. I was half right. If your image of … Continue reading

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Men and Women of the South (Mostly Men)

One of my favorite authors who is also a personal friend is Joe Samuel Starnes. Sam has published two novels, Calling and Fall Line. What is distinctive about his writing is the depth of the characters he creates. They are, from the … Continue reading

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Work and the Economy in the 2010’s: A Novelist’s Perspective

Some of the best insight I’ve read about the impact of current U.S. economic trends on individuals is in the last two Dave Eggers Novels, A Hologram for the King and The Circle. A Hologram deals with outsourcing, employment and … Continue reading

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Assholes vs. Facebook

I wrote this short review of the book Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/634449320. As I usually do with my Goodreads reviews I shared it on Facebook. The next time I went to my time line on … Continue reading

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