Archive for the ‘Biographies & Memoirs’ Category

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

The book is a good discussion starter about President Monroe, it is by no means a complete biography, but it’s not meant to be either.  The narrow scope of the book is interesting, concise and well written; a welcomed introduction a president many have forgotten.

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: 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).

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

I was hooked on the first few pages of the book, the art is wonderful, the story is told through a very personal point of view and the format is engaging

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