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Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone
Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone

Review: I think this is an average book, although quite honest from the Author. I have heard a lot of Tim O'Brien but this is the first book I read of his. It is much more an anti-war book then a war book. In this account anyway, I find the Author's arrogance towards other soldiers who he calls GI's although I hadn't heard that term in reference to someone in the Army since WWII. I might not have heard it due to where I served in the Marines, small, remote areas in and near the DMZ. And my experience do... Read more

The Hamilton Affair: A Novel
The Hamilton Affair: A Novel

Review: This is one of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read. I am a huge fan of novels that both explore an historical character, and provide a compelling story at the same time. I was wondering how a novel about Hamilton would fare when placed up against the musical, and I think that while it is hard to imagine anything with the sheer flair of Lin-Manuel's masterpiece, it is fair to say that I actually found the characters deeper, more interesting, and in the end more satisfying than I... Read more

The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts
The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts

Review: This is a collection of very short and amusing anecdotes about historical topics. Each is very loosely tied to the next one by some common idea. Reading this book is rather like eating popcorn. It is mildly tasty but addicting. It is a good book for times when you are too tired or bored to take on anything serious. Read more

The State of White America - 1960-2010 - Coming Apart
The State of White America - 1960-2010 - Coming Apart

Review: Charles Murray takes the reader through the long term changes in American society. I have been noticing many of these changes for years. The book is full of interesting, occasionally surprising and always thought provoking information. Read more

and the Sinking of El Faro - Thirty-Three Mariners
and the Sinking of El Faro - Thirty-Three Mariners

Review: If you’re looking for the best take on the human side of this disaster, this is the one. Ms. Slade gives an intimate look at a number of the players involved; the mariners, the corporate employees and later, the investigative personnel. The bile will rise in your throat as you come to this conclusion: that, as usual in this country, it all comes down to money. Thirty-three lives were lost because the company exerted pressure on these merchant marines to get to their destination on time on a vess... Read more

150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers (An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers)
150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers (An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers)

Review: The first thing I need to mention is that I purchased this book as an audio book. This is significant because it contributes strongly to the impression that I got of this book. This is going to sound like a strange comparison but to me this book brought forth the image of what I imagine speed dating to be like. I know, weird analogy, but hear me out.

When you are listening to this book what happens is that you get a whole lot of very brief descriptions of each of many killers. Most of the... Read more

The Johnstown Flood
The Johnstown Flood

Review: Though a little slow going do to too much repetition, it is filled with a tremendous amount of well documented information. With just the right amount of human feeling it allows the reader to understand the enormity of this tragedy. Read more

The Liars' Club: A Memoir
The Liars' Club: A Memoir

Review: There is one point that Karr makes in this book that rings true: If there is more than one member in a family then it is dysfunctional. My only positive note is that the book is easy to get through. In fact, very easy reading, so it (thankfully) goes fast (so I will admit here I may have gone into la-la-land as I was reading the book. As I kept reading I kept waiting to read about some horrid action taken place, or an incident or two, that adversely affected Karr, but other than the time whe... Read more

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

Review: Took me a long time to get through the book. Relationships and foreign names were hard to follow. I do like non-fiction books. I
enjoyed the historical importance of it. It was easy to draw similarities in today's world, unfortunately. Read more

A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat - The Last Stand of Fox Company
A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat - The Last Stand of Fox Company

Review: Fantastic story about a Marine company which withstood attack after attack from the Chinese Army in Korea. They were greatly outnumbered and suffering from unimaginable cold weather yet held on to a vital passage point for the Marines and Army units to escape from the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Very well written and almost places you on the battlefield with Fox Company; a place I would never want to be in my worst nightmares. Semper Fi Marines. You excelled at adding another brick i... Read more

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