Book Review: Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard 

This book takes every gossip, rumor, and worst, historically discredited banality about  World War II and presents them as undisputed facts.

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Fun Facts Friday: William Braithwaite

When, at age 15, the young Mr. Braithwaite was apprenticed to a typesetter he discovered his love to poetry and began to write his own literature.

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Book Review: Manhunters by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña

About: Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is a memoir of the two Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who spent decades hunting drug traffickers. The two authors are the subject of the Netflix show Narcos, which follows their hunt for Pablo Escobar […]

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Book Review: Alexander Von Humboldt by Maren Meinhardt

This is a very readable book, exposing people to the “most celebrated scientist of the 19th century”.

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Fun Facts Friday: C.S. Lewis

Donating all the proceeds from his books to Christian charities, left Mr. Lewis struggling to pay the large tax bills.

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Book Review: Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton

The book is expertly researched with extensive notes and bibliographical information. There are many photos and illustrations throughout as well as a list of characters to make it easier to follow.

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Book Review: A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Josh Karp

Attempts, and I believe succeeded, to capture the personality and intelligence of Mr. Kenney, even though, it seems, he was not aware of  his own comedic brilliance.

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Fun Facts Friday: George Eliot

Eliot’s scandalous personal life clouded her reputation even after her death. Despite her literary achievements, Eliot was not allowed a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. She finally received recognition there in 1980, one hundred years after her death.

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Fun Facts Friday: Bertrand Russell

Fun Facts Friday: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell (18 May, 1872 – 2 February, 1970) was a Nobel Prize winning author, philosopher and mathematician. [Credit: John Roberts.] Russell is a British aristocrat, born to the Viscount and Viscountess Amberley his title is the 3rd Earl Russell. Earl Russell, the author’s grandfather served as Queen Victoria’s Prime minister twice. He remembers his […]

Graphic Novel Review: Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet of the Capes (Rebirth) by Peter J. Tomasi

Graphic Novel Review: Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet of the Capes (Rebirth) by Peter J. Tomasi

The story in this graphic novel takes on too much, some stories are simply loosely tied together and are overly complex for what it is. I enjoyed the relationship between Jon and Damian but I think a less bombastic mission/adventure would have played better.

Fun Facts Friday: Mari Sandoz

Fun Facts Friday: Mari Sandoz

Mari Sandoz (11 May, 1896 – 10 March, 1966) was a novelist, biographer and teacher from Nebraska. Ms. Sandoz wrote a lot about poisoner life and the Plains Indians. Image from http://www.marisandoz.org/events_activities/mari-sandoz-research-award/about-the-mari-sandoz-research-award.html Books by Mari Sandoz* Ms. Sandoz was the oldest of six children. Their parents with Swiss immigrants. As a child she worked hard […]

Book Review: Mjolnir by Brian James

Book Review: Mjolnir by Brian James

This book straddled the funny – cheesy borderline, but this is on purpose as the author clearly set out to write a fun story with tongue firmly held in cheek.

Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker

Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker

I really enjoyed the backstory of Bucky, the writer made him much more of a badass than what I imagined (Bucky, not the Winter Soldier).

Fun Facts Friday: Horace Mann

Fun Facts Friday: Horace Mann

Horace Mann (4 May, 1796 – 2 August, 1859) was an American politician and author. Today Mr. Mann is remembered for promoting public education. Mann was born on a farm in Franklin, MA. Even though he went to school about six weeks during the school year, he made good use of the library and enrolled at Brown […]

Book Review: A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks

Book Review: A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks

The subject matter is serious and dark. Emotional leaders making bad decisions, abusing their authority.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol 4.: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol 4.: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

Mr. King lets The Joker and The Riddler to shine in this issue. I have never found The Riddler to be much of a challenge in previous incarnations, but this Riddler is a true equal to The Joker, just as manipulating, devious and evil.

Fun Facts Friday: Ludwig Bemelmans

Fun Facts Friday: Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans (27 April, 1898 – 1 October, 1962) was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults, he is mostly known for his Madeline children’s’ books. Books by Ludwig Bemelmans* Born in Mera, Austria-Hungry (now Italy), the author was the son of a hotel owner. He spoke French and German since childhood. […]

Book Review: The Valley of the Fallen by Carlos Rojas

Book Review: The Valley of the Fallen by Carlos Rojas

The narrative merges fact and fiction, to tell two stories that even though are worlds apart, are still connected through a common language, ideology, politics, and art.

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