Book Review: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 19, 2018

About: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram is a historical fiction book taking place in 1793, following Herucles, a slave as well as President George Washington’s chef. Mr. Ganeshram is a journalist, chef and food writer. 336 pages Publisher: Arcade Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1628729775   My rating for The General’s Cook – 4 Buy The General’s Cook from Amazon.com* More Books by Ramin Ganeshram* Thoughts: I have heard of Hercules before from reading several biographies of George Washington and visiting his home in Mt. Vernon. Even though we know little of Hercules, The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram takes the little we know and expands upon it to create a rich story of early America. The picture the author constructed of 1793 Philadelphia, where most of the story takes place, that of a bustling town where people from all walks of life interact. At that time a law stated that if a slave was in Philadelphia over six months, they would be considered free. The Washington’s sent their slaves back and forth to Mt. Vernon so the clock will start ticking again. At a bind they’ll send them over to New Jersey, to step over the line and come back….

Book Review: 1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 8, 2013

Arti­cle orig­i­nally pub­lished as Book Review: 1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming on Blogcritics.org About: 1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming is a non-fiction book about the tremulous year. Mr. Fleming is a historical novelist and historian with special interest in the American Revolution. 525 pages Pub­lisher: Book Sales Lan­guage: English ISBN-10: 0785807241 My rat­ing for 1776 Year of Illusions — 5 Buy this book from Amazon.com* More Books by Thomas Fleming Thoughts: 1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming (website) does not pull any punches when describing the political crisis in North America and how each side was seeking a resolution. For every person who was committed their whole heart to a revolution, there was another who could not fathom being separated from the English crown. The book mainly focuses on the military campaigns of 1776, however the fascinating political developments in Philadelphia and London are also addressed. The author follows the American rebels from the disastrous attempt to take over Quebec, Canada to the amazing victories at Trenton and Princeton. Mr. Fleming makes it clear that the colonial society was anything but united behind the rebels, but somehow they still managed to wing. Loyalists, those who favored British rule, where everywhere and, according to the…

Book Review: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

Article first published as Book Review: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands on Blogcritics. About: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands is a biography of the 7th President of the United States. Currently Professor Brands (@hwbrands) is tweeting the history of American in haiku, very original, entertaining, educational and highly recommended. I read this book as part of a goal to read, in order, all of the biogra­phies of the pres­i­dents of the United States who have passed away. 656 pages Publisher: Anchor Language: English ISBN-10: 1400030722 My rat­ing for Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times — 5 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format* More Books by H. W. Brands Thoughts: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands manages to convey just how complex Andrew Jackson was as a person, husband, general and president.  The book brings to life its subject by combining history and literary methods to make an interesting and fascinating profile. Even though many people have forgotten about President Jackson (even though he is much better known than other presidents) he had led a full and exciting life. Mr. Brands starts, where else, in the beginning being born into poverty, fighting the British…

Thoughts on: The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation by Nadja Baer (Adapter), Thomas Jefferson (Author), John Adams (Author), Thomas Paine (Author), James Madison (Author) and Nathan Lueth (Illustrator)

Article first published as Book Review: The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation Nadja Baer (Adapter) and Nathan Lueth (Illustrator) on Blogcritics. About: The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation Nadja Baer (Adapter), Thomas Jefferson (Author), John Adams (Author), Thomas Paine (Author), James Madison (Author) and Nathan Lueth (Illustrator) is an adaptation of the supreme law of the land in these United States. Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida, produced a curriculum guide (target towards 8th grade level) to supplement the comic book which is available free of charge at http://maupinhouse.com/constitutioncurriculum 80 pages Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press (April 16, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1610660250 Buy this Comic Graphic Adaptation in paper or in elec­tronic format. Thoughts: Right off the bat I liked that the author included the Founding Fathers in the title of this comic graphic adaptation. The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation by Nadja Baer (Adapter | website | Twitter), Thomas Jefferson (Author), John Adams (Author), Thomas Paine (Author), James Madison (Author) and Nathan Lueth (Illustrator | website | Twitter) takes the US Constitution and, using the original text, presents it in an easy to understand graphical format. This is a short book but,…

Book Review: Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow
5 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs , Non-Fiction / October 29, 2010

I bought this book. All pictures were taken by me on our tripp to Mt. Vernon. Click on the picture to read the trip journal. My rating for Washington: A Life – 5 About: “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow is an encompassing biography of George Washington.  This  marvelous book breaks the wooden image of Washington and brings out the character of the man we all learned about with all his charm and personality. Do your patriotic duty.  Buy the book here Statue of Washington in Mt. Vernon Visitor Center Thoughts: This is the kind of history book I love.  Mr. Chernow tells of little known anecdotes about George Washington which not only tell of of his character, but even relevant to this day.  Some of the stories the author  relates are laugh-out funny, the type that no-one can make up, the type that if you read them in a fictional book you’d hiss and throw the book at the wall – yet they are true. The self criticism of Washington literally leaps out of this book, that is the major difference I found between this biography and “His Excellency” (book review).  Washington always internalized new things he learns and is able…

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
5 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs / October 4, 2010

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 this massive biography, we meet Alexander Hamilton as a young boy in the Caribbean, a bastard son, soon an orphan, to a mother who has been jailed for adultery. Young Alexander soon separated himself from the rest of the boys and by the age of thirteen the owner of the shipping company he worked for felt confident enough to take a vacation and leave his business at Hamilton’s trusty hands. Even though slavery is now illegal – you can Buy “Alexander Hamilton” Here Hamilton earned enough money from subscription funds from his writings to get him off St. Croix and send him to college in New York. During the Revolutionary War Hamilton served as a Captain of an artillery company he organized as well as General Washington’s aide-de-camp and confidant (“my boy”). After the war, Hamilton was elected to represent New York in the Continental…

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