Archive for the ‘5 Stars’ Category

Book Review: Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman

An excellent biography of a President who was probably the most influential person to hold office between Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln

Graphic Novel Review: Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

The graphic novel is for mature audience, there is plenty of violence and some nudity

Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: Vargr by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters

James Bond, agent 007 of British Secret Service, returns to London from a vengeance mission in Helsinki and resumes the boring duties of the 00 section. Soon enough he gets a new mission, this time in Berlin to break a drug trafficking cartel.

Graphic Novel Review: The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

The story is funny when seen from the view point of a child (as it is told) but somewhat tragic when read from a more mature, worldly, perspective.

Book Review: Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

The story, told in style and grace, features a young, conceited Churchill on his way to cover the Boer Wars in South Africa, 1889

Book Review: Ultimate Conditioning for Martial Arts by Loren Landow

You can get a comprehensive plan to add to your speed, or power. You could easily just look at the parts you need improvement on and tweak your exercise regime.

Book Review: Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren

Mr. Oren does a fine job observing neutrality throughout the book, especially on contentious issues, quoting policy makers and careful not to take a stand himself.

Book Review: Lord High Executioner by Howard Engel

Mr. Engel’s sense of humor comes through the narrative, I find myself laughing at his macabre narrative way to often then I thought when it comes to reading a book of this subject.

Book Review: The Faithful Executioner by Joel F. Harrington

A wonderful book based on a remarkable journal kept by the executioner of Nuremberg, Meister Franz Schmidt. Along with the “work” of Meister Schmidt, the author vividly re-creates life in sixteenth century Nuremberg and its surroundings.

Book Review: The Envoy by Alex Kershaw

Mr. Wallenberg could not stand idly by watching one of the greatest crimes of the 20th Century taking place, and took it upon himself to provide Jews with Schutzpasses, documents which show that the bearer is a Swedish citizen and hence should not be transferred to a concentration camp.

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