Category Archives: History

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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Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is, like me, a lover of history.  He makes no bones about being Catholic, but he also makes it clear that this is not a religious book.  It’s meant to present the historical facts about the life of … Continue reading

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After Nature by W.G. Sebald

After Nature is a collection of three long poems, about three men: Matthias Grunewald (German Renaissance painter), Georg Steller, (scientist and Arctic explorer) and W.G. Sebald (the author). I read the book twice in a row. Not because the book … Continue reading

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But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past Klosterman asks the question, what will our present look like in the future. Namely what science, literature, music, TV, sports, etc. will standout. Is it … Continue reading

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The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell

The Tunnels: Escapes Under The Berlin Wall And The Historic Films The JFK White House Tried To Kill An interesting look at a small piece of the Cold War. One thing I didn’t know: Kennedy was in favor of the … Continue reading

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Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose

What makes a good movie or book even better?  Knowing that it actually happened.  The AMC series TURN is a fantastic bingeworthy show about the Culper Ring –  a spy ring out of Setauket, NY that helped turn the tide of … Continue reading

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The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide To The World’s Most Consequential Trivia is a pretty cool book. It would make a good gift. A classic table-top-book. One you can pick up and pick a random page. It’s visually appealing and … Continue reading

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