Book Review: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

About: The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 – 1777 by Rick Atkinson is a history book, first of a trilogy, which describes the first 21 months of the American Revolutionary War. Mr. Atkinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and historian. 800 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Language: English ISBN-10: 1627790438 My rating for The British are Coming – 5 Buy The British are Coming from Amazon.com* More Books by Rick Atkinson* Thoughts: We always learn about the heroics of the American Revolutionary War, but many seem to forget that it was still war, brutal and violent with small acts of heroism as well as nation building events. In his book, The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 – 1777, historian Rick Atkinson doesn’t forget that, quite the opposite, his narrative thrives on those subjects. The books description of battle and tactics, especially those in Boston (Lexington, Concord), are vivid, exciting and informative. The author puts in a lot of detail which he either simply made up, or discovered by conjuncture. For example, how did he know that the soldiers wet shoes squelched? You either assume, or try and find out what the…

Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 1, 2015

About: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a novel with enough twists for several books. The book tries to get into the head of a psychopath. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book  –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post. 320 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 0062267523 My Rat­ing for The Kind Worth Killing — 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tor­nic format* More Books by Peter Swanson   Thoughts: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a novel about a bunch of psychopathic women plotting to kill husbands, boyfriends and each other while using gullible men to do so and still manage to somehow justify it all. This is a clever, well plotted novel with some twists and turns which I did not see coming. The book was very exciting and different than others I’ve read before. About 1/3 in, when one of the major and unexpected plot twists happens, I knew it would be a heck of a ride. The characters in the novel are wonderfully realized, even though I wished the author would have given them a more geographically authentic voice. I got…

Thoughts on: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 10, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal on Blogcritics. About: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor by Mark Seal is a non-fiction book tracking one of the biggest con artists of our time (that has been caught). Assuming a series of names, one man fooled successful business people and high society for decades spreading huge lies, so preposterous they were believed. 336 pages Publisher: Viking Adult Language: English ISBN-10: 0670022748 My rating for The Man in the Rockefeller Suit – 5 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More Books by Mark Seal Thoughts: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor by Mark Seal is one weird, infuriating book, yet fascinating and difficult to put down. Tracking the journey of German immigrant Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter who arrives in the United States at age 17 the book is filed with the kind of stories that no-one would have believed. Unless they were true. Weird because the book is by nature incomplete (Gerhartsreiter…

Thoughts on: The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / February 29, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Technologists by Matthew Pearl on Blogcritics. About: The Technologists by Matthew Pearl is a fictional book about the early days of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The story takes place in the years after the American Civil War during a very fragile time in our history. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 496 pages Publisher: Random House ISBN: 1400066573 My rating for The Technologists – 4 Great price on this book in paper or electronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Matthew Pearl Thoughts: The Technologists by Matthew Pearl (website) is an entertaining read with wonderful historical detail and a bunch of nerdiness thrown in for good measure. While I wasn’t sucked into the book as much as I would have liked, I found the characters captivating and the plot line interesting. The author does a great job interweaving reality and fiction as well as the dialog which was spoken in that time period. The harsh social norms of the time are presented in the form of a lone MIT female student who is forced to study in isolation. There were…

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