Book Review: Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone and Alan Andres

The book mainly fills in the blanks in the non-technical side of the moon landing, the political environment which fostered at the time, as well as how leaders at high levels encouraged or derailed the program based on their own goals and/or selfish reasons.

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Book Review: An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

Mr. Steinhauer refuses to make this novel easy for his readers, but the relish in which he writes, creating a world full of paranoia is worth the effort.

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Fun Facts Friday: Bram Stoker

As a member of the London Library, Mr. Stoker has access to research for Dracula. In 2018 the library discovered the books he used for research, along with notes.

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Book Review: Dark Territory by Fred Kaplan

Some fascinating stories and anecdotes are included in this book, such as the time President Ronald Reagan saw the movie War Games and asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if it would be possible for a teenager to execute an attack.

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Book Review: Return to the Reich by Eric Lichtblau

Mr. Mayer must have had balls of steel, he seem to have neve inherited the protective gene of fear. Whether it is to fly a B24 without training, or jump out of it over the Austrian Alps – for the first time.

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Fun Facts: Sholem Asch

The drama 1906 God of Vengeance (Got fun nekome) takes place in a Jewish brothel and includes Jewish prostitutes, lesbians, and throwing of the Torah across the stage. The play was translated into about a dozen languages and was very controversial. It was hailed as artistic and beautiful but also as immoral and misrepresenting Jewish traditions.

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Book Review: A Matter of Interpretation by Elizabeth Mac Donald

I was impressed by the research the author has done, rich historical details lend authenticity to the story, even when the paranormal is provoked (not very often, but just right). The narrative remains plausible and the characters seem true to their historical counterparts.

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Book Review: Information Wars by Richard Stengel

Mr. Stengel makes an excellent case about the first part of his subtitle, but sadly the second part “what can we do about it” is not convincing. Mostly because of the government bureaucracies, slow moving administrative machinery, and simply the way democracies work.

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Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

I borrowed this book from the local library. Devils in Exile , a fictional story, starts out great and with a subject which speaks volumes.  Neal Maven, a loser in high school who turned out to be a lethal fighting machine in Iraq, is coming back home to…nothing. I remember taking of my uniform as […]

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

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 […]

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

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

Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. “A Voice Called” is the kind of book I used to love as a kid, and still do. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re interested in something and are looking for a short summary about a subject to see if you […]

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

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

I got this book as a gift.   I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. “His Excellency: George Washington” is an overview of Washington’s life, the important decisions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis’ research […]

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this book as from the local library.  Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression? Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader […]

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I borrowed this book from my mother. “Purge” is a fictional story tells the story of three generations of Estonian women (and the men in their lives).The book chapters jump in time to tell the tale of some horrifying events in their lives which correspond to the historical events which take Estonia, in general, and […]

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

I borrowed this book from the local public library. This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, […]

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Disclaimer – The book I read is an advanced uncorrected proof which I received for free. The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: “For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,” This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the […]

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer a fictional story is about Neelie Sterling, an American who has spent a year in Africa taking care of baby elephants and, due to the volatile political climate in Africa, is forced to come back […]

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