Category Archives: History

Gone For Soldiers by Jeff Shaara

Gone for Soldiers is a novel about the Mexican American War.  Many of the main players on the American side went on to serve with distinction in the US Civil War, and this battle experience helped prepare them for that. … Continue reading

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Brilliant by Jane Brox

We take lighting for granted. By the time you finish Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light you won’t. The book starts in a cave where we meet our ancestors, huddled over a flame. We learn what it took to keep … Continue reading

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Cradle Of Gold by Christopher Heaney

From Goodreads: “In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces … Continue reading

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Under A Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

It seems like every spring and summer, the stories of massive forest fires dominate the  news.  We hear how quickly they spread and how threatening they can be to communities that lay in it’s path.  But you never think that … Continue reading

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Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13; co-written by Jeffrey Kruger. This book was re-released as “Apollo 13” in 1995 as a tie-in to the movie. By the time Jim Lovell retired from NASA he had more time in … Continue reading

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Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

In 1970, the US Space Program attempted to send it’s fifth manned spaceship to the moon.  Numbered Apollo 13, the ill-fated flight experienced an explosion, knocking out a portion of the mission’s power and oxygen.   Suddenly, the awe and heroism … Continue reading

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Mukiwa: A White Boy In Africa by Peter Godwin

What a fantastic memoir! Peter Godwin grew up in Rhodesia as the country was beginning to shake off colonial rule.  His father a factory manager, and his mother a doctor, young Peter often rode along with his mother when she … Continue reading

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