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Marking Time by Duncan Steel

The full title of this book is Marking Time:  The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar. Have you ever wondered how we arrived our current calendar?  Not just why the months were named, but why we have 12 months, and … 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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The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows

Set in West Virginia during the Great Depression, The Truth According To Us is one of those novels that sneaks up on you.  You know, the kind that has you going along, in all pleasantness, and then you realize that you’ve … Continue reading

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Shadows At Dawn by Karl Jakoby

Shadows at Dawn is a non-fiction work about the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre, when a group of vigilantes attacked an Apache camp, slaughtering mostly women and children.  The story is told from the perspectives of the four different peoples involved:  Anglo-Americans, … Continue reading

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In The Catskills by Phil Brown

I grew up in a Protestant Midwestern town.  Anything Jewish was just as alien to me as Mars, but then I moved to New York City.  I discovered a whole subculture of Americana during my seven years there. I spent Passover with … Continue reading

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The Science Of Liberty by Timothy Ferris

I’ve had this book on my shelf practically since it came out in 2010, but in hindsight, I’m glad I waited to read it until now.  With eight years of the Obama administration behind us, it provides an interesting lens … Continue reading

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Napoleon: A Life by Paul Johnson

If you are looking for a concise biography on the great military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, Paul Johnson’s book fits the bill nicely.  From Napoleon’s early life in Corsica, his military training in France, and ultimately his rise to power, Johnson … Continue reading

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