Fun Facts Friday: Heinrich Heine

In 1831 Mr. Heine visited Paris and settled there. Paris had the cultural richness that he couldn’t get in the small towns in Germany. He soon became a celebrity in the whole of France.

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Book Review: The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt

Tells of several influential women who worked at Disney Studios in the early part of the 20th Century and later on, fighting the male dominated culture and making significant impact on the company.

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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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Fun Facts Friday: James Merrill

Fun Facts Friday: James Merrill

James Merrill (3 March, 1926 – 6 February, 1995) was an award winning American poet. Books by James Merrill* 1)      Born in New York City, the poet’s parents were Hellen Ingram Merrill, a society report and publisher, and Charles E. Merrill, co-founder of the investment firm Merrill Lynch. 2)      As the son of an investment […]

Book Review: Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick

Book Review: Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick

The novel does a good job informing the reader how terrorist organizations develop and the threats they pose to Americans and American interests

Book Review: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach

Book Review: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach

About: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach is a fictional book taking place in a prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. Mr. Katzenbach was as a criminal court reporter before turning to thrillers. 490 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Language: English ISBN-10: 034542624X My rat­ing for Hart’s War  — 4 Buy Hart’s War from Amazon.com* […]

Fun Facts Friday: Wilhelm Grimm

Fun Facts Friday: Wilhelm Grimm

Both Grimm brothers, together with 5 other professors, formed a group called The Göttingen Seven to protest against Ernst August, King of Hannover . The group maintained that King Ernst August violated the Constitution.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

About: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a fantasy novel which is the base to the successful TV show. This book is number on the series known as A song of Ice and Fire. 694 pages Publisher: Bantam Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0553103547 My rat­ing for A Game of Thrones  —4 Buy […]

Fun Facts Friday: Chaim Potok

Fun Facts Friday: Chaim Potok

r. Potok served in South Korea as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army in a front-line medical battalion and in engineer combat battalion.

Author Q&A with Kirk Kjeldsen

Author Q&A with Kirk Kjeldsen

I read and enjoyed Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen very much. At first I had trepidation about reading it, but I’m very glad I read the novel. Mr. Kjeldsen was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Q. How did you prepare to tell the story of Kari, a teenage girl? […]

Book Review: Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen

Book Review: Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen

The big twist in the book comes from the characters’ actions, not a major plot twist as in many novels

Book Review: On the Sickle’s Edge by Neville D. Frankel

Book Review: On the Sickle’s Edge by Neville D. Frankel

The narrative is very absorbing and powerful, I was especially fascinated to read how decisions in the upper echelons of government impact the little person on the street who just wants a good job and a warm meal.

Fun Facts Friday: Bertolt Brecht

Fun Facts Friday: Bertolt Brecht

During World War II Mr. Brecht wrote for the Exilliteratur, an anti-Nazi movement of authors expressing opposition to the National Socialist and Fascist regimes

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