Archive for the ‘Biographies & Memoirs’ Category

Book Review: John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel

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. My rating for John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life – 4 About: “John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life” […]

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I bought this book. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is coming out soon; I thought I’d revisit one of my favorite biographies – Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton“. I’ve read this book several years ago when it first came out, but it left a huge impression on me. My rating for Alexander Hamilton – 5 In […]

The 53rd Book Review Blog Carnival

Man of la Book reviews Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar “Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. […]

Book Review: Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar

I got this book for free. “Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. Ms. Omar is an American woman […]

Book Review: American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood by Marc Eliot

I borrowed this book from the local library. As a big Eastwood fan I was looking forward to reading this biography. “American Rebel” by Marc Eliot is divided into three parts: Part 1 – From Aimless to Actor – which follows Eastwood from birth until 1979 Part 2 – From Actor to Auteur – which […]

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

I borrowed this eBook. “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hasson Yousef is a gripping autobiography of a man who is caught between his own morality and what is expected of him by his community. Mosab is the son of a Hamas leader who is caught and jailed by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security services). […]

Book Review: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson

I borrowed this book from my sister. “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” is a wonderful and witty memoir of Bill Bryson‘s childhood journey through the 1950’s. Mr. Bryson goes back to the absurdity of the golden age of no seatbelts, no airbags, helmets, and bottled water or knee pads. An age where […]

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

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. James Monroe is a short biography written by Gary Hart (US Senator, D – CO) about the fifth president of the United States.  James […]

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

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   American Sphinx is an elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies.  In this book, Mr. Ellis tries to figure […]

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   John Adams by David McCullough is a fabulous biography of the second President of these United States.  Mr. McCullough’s characterization of the president and his wife really […]

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