Category Archives: History

Hero Next Door by Frank A. Burnham

Hero Next Door was published in 1974. It might seem to be wildly out of date and in some ways it is. But I was looking for background information on Civil Air Patrol. 1. Its early history, and 2. how … Continue reading

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P-51 Bomber Escort by William Hess

P-51 Bomber Escort: BB Weapons Book No. 26 This book came out in 1971 as part of Ballantine’s Illustrated History of the Twentieth Century. In Junior High and High School I read a number of these books. I owned two … Continue reading

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To Be Loved by Berry Gordy

To Be Loved : The Music, The Magic, The Memories Of Motown Soul or R&B Music reached its peak with Berry Gordy and Motown. All the changes Gordy saw in the music industry and the culture at large were reflected … Continue reading

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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. ┬áThe 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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Give Me Tomorrow by Ingrid Stabins

Give Me Tomorrow: A Young Girl’s Ordeals During The Russian WWII Invasion Of Eastern Germany is a memoir of a teenage girl living in Koselitz a small village in Pommern (Germany) during WW II. She lived on a farm in … Continue reading

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Political Realism by Jonathan Rauch

I heard an interview with Rauch. His premise: ‘some graft is good’ seemed interesting. The price for Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, And Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy was right (free), so I dug in to understand … Continue reading

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