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Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

The story is told through the eyes of an invisible observer, a fly on the wall. We, the readers, do not hear what any of the characters think but we observe them from a close distance.The storytelling is riveting and exciting; the characters are interesting, engaging and dimensional. I don’t know if Mr. Atkins meant to make George Kelly a likable figure, but to me he was the most likeable person in this unique cast of characters.

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

 From what I understand, author Jane Singer used Asia Booth’s diary as her basis for this book which makes her take on the events following the assassination of President Lincoln unique.

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The story is well written and interesting; this is a good book and deserves praise.

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. 184 pages Publisher: Times Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0805069054 My rat­ing for James Madison — 3 Buy James Madison from Amazon.com* More Books by […]

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

An elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Devils in Exile is a rough, fast, flashy, tough and smart action thriller.  There are twists I saw, but – best of all – the main twists I did not see.  Chuck Hogan stays away from the troubled hero clichés and the characters in this book are created very well.

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams, an interesting figure, was a person with a high standard of integrity, a standard which drove him all his life.  The president’s relations with his contemporaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and especially Thomas Jefferson were intriguing and fascinating.

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

The stories are very interesting, Mr. Katz has picked a handful of people he considered Jewish heroes (at least one is not Jewish though) and gives us some short details about their lives, what made them heroes and drawing a line between them and the biblical Jewish heroes as well as their spirit.

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

The one aspect of this biography which made an impression on me is the author’s ability to connect the dots when considering why Washington, as he got older, acted in a certain way or made a certain decision.  Mr. Ellis traces event back in Washington’s earlier life which explain, or try at least, his course of action.

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The book simply didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t feel sorry for the author, maybe because the story of her divorce isn’t complete and the missing pieces seem essential to understanding the tragedy (not to mention all the guilt she felt without really explaining why).

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