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book reviews on books I've read


Journalist Amity Shlaes’ portrayal of Calvin Coolidge breaks the caricature of “Silent Cal” with her insightful biography. Coolidge fits today’s criteria of a Tea Party Republican in his support of … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Journalist Blaine Hardin sheds light on the recent events in North Korea with his account of Shin In Geun’s seemingly impossible escape from a North Korean prison camp, where he … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953

This book by historian Robert Dallek captures the conflicts leading up to and including the Cold War. Dallek begins with the close of World War II and the concessions made … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Regarding Nuclear Threats from North Korea

“The North Koreans would lie, they would escalate, they would escalate and walk away, and then they would try to negotiate.” This quote from Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward, published … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Price of Politics

This book by Bob Woodward describes President Obama’s and Congress’ failure to manage federal spending and tax policy between 2009 and the summer of 2012. More than half of the … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Thaddeus Stevens (Civil War America)

This biography addresses the life of one of our most celebrated statesman, Thaddeus Stevens. Author Hans L. Trefousse thoroughly discusses the life of America’s most prominent congressmen. Steven’s was born … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Master of the Mountain by Henry Wiencek addresses the paradox that the author of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. Jefferson realized that his slaves yielded a 4 percent profit … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · Leave a comment