Archive for the ‘5 Stars’ Category

Book Review: Rocamora by Donald Michael Platt

Article first published as Book Review: Rocamora by Donald Michael Platt on Blogcritics. About: Rocamora by Donald Michael Platt is a historical fiction book taking place in 17th Century Spain. This book was the 2012 finalist in the International Book Awards for Historical Fiction. 408 pages Publisher: Raven’s Wing Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1618070150 My rat­ing for Rocamora — 5 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* More […]

Book Review: Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

About: Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson is a biography of the famed scientist. Einstein lived a tremendous life full of science, math, politics, religion and love; I admire Mr. Isaacson’s courage in tackling such a project. 704 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition Language: English ISBN-10: 0743264738 My rating for Einstein: His Life […]

Book Review: Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell & John Bruning

Article first published as Book Review: Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell & John Bruning on Blogcritics. About: Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan  by Sean Parnell and John Bruning is a non-fiction book about Mr. Parnell’s experience as a platoon leader (nicknamed Outlaw Platoon) for the U.S. Army Airborne Ranger in […]

Book Review: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Article first published as Book Review: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid on Blogcritics. About: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid is a fictional book in guise of a self-help book (but with a story). Mr. Hamid has written two previous books which […]

Book Review: Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright

Article first published as Book Review: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright on Blogcritics. About: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright is a non-fiction book in which the author talks about the years mentioned from her perspective. Somewhat personal, adventurous and […]

Book Review: The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch

Article first published as Book Review: The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch on Blogcritics. About: The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch is a fictional book telling of a family’s struggle to survive. Mr. Clinch’s previous books, Finn and Kings of the Earth won awards and commendation from around the country. The pub­lisher is […]

Book Review: The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball

Article first published as Book Review: The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball on Blogcritics. About: The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball is a non-fiction book about two pioneers, a murder and motion pictures. The author is a National Book Award winner for his previous book Slaves in the Family. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one […]

Book Review: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

Article first published as Book Review: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas on Blogcritics. About: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas is the second book in what is now knows as the d’Artagnan Romances (the first being The Three Musketeers and the third being The Vicomte de Bragelonne). As in the previous book, the novel was serialized in 1845 […]

Book Review: Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

We all know Benjamin Franklin from history classes and the teacher might have mentioned his other notable achievements, however Mr. Franklin had many notable achievements – far too many to mention in a 45 minute classroom. This biography is a terrific sweeping read and full of insights.

Book Review: Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique

Article first published as Book Review: Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique on Blogcritics About: Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique is a historical-fiction novel about Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s journey to write Don Quixote. The book is peppered with literary references to Cervantes’ works as well as works of the time, while I didn’t get many I did […]

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