Category Archives: History

Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales

As someone who has long been interested in genealogy, I know first-hand how little information is available when researching someone who was relatively unknown. When I picked started reading this book, I couldn’t imagine the author could come up with … Continue reading

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The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

In 1910, a massive forest fire engulfed 3 million acres in Northeast Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana.  The U.S. Forestry Service was still in it’s infancy, strapped for men and for cash, but nevertheless, these brave few faced the … Continue reading

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Beast by Jade Gurss

Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Race Car That Shocked the World at the 1994 Indy 500 is the story of how team owner Roger Penske exploited a rules loophole to develop a race winning engine for the 1994 Indy 500. … Continue reading

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Life At The Limit by Sid Watkins

Life At The Limit: Triumph And Tragedy In Formula One deals with the dangerous world of Formula One racing. Fatalities were so common it seems odd that the ‘sport’ wasn’t just banned. Drivers would die, crew members would die, and … Continue reading

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The Catcher Was A Spy by Nicholas Dawidoff

The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg Moe Berg went to Princeton to be a lawyer, but then decided to play baseball, which annoyed his family no end. He was a catcher for the Brooklyn Robins … Continue reading

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An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris

Based on the true life “Dreyfus Affair,” An Officer and a Spy is a historical fiction account of a man falsely convicted of treason in 1895 Paris.  In the aftermath of a defeat to the German army, France finds itself outraged … Continue reading

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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds changes directions a couple times. It’s okay but I found I was waiting for Lewis to come back to certain topics. The book start with material that wouldn’t have been out … Continue reading

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