The story is well written and interesting; this is a good book and deserves praise.
James Madison was a great theorist, extraordinary writer, cunning politician and an effective legislator – but as president he was simply “good”.
An elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies
Devils in Exile is a rough, fast, flashy, tough and smart action thriller. There are twists I saw, but – best of all – the main twists I did not see. Chuck Hogan stays away from the troubled hero clichés and the characters in this book are created very well.
John Adams, an interesting figure, was a person with a high standard of integrity, a standard which drove him all his life. The president’s relations with his contemporaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and especially Thomas Jefferson were intriguing and fascinating.
The stories are very interesting, Mr. Katz has picked a handful of people he considered Jewish heroes (at least one is not Jewish though) and gives us some short details about their lives, what made them heroes and drawing a line between them and the biblical Jewish heroes as well as their spirit.
The one aspect of this biography which made an impression on me is the author’s ability to connect the dots when considering why Washington, as he got older, acted in a certain way or made a certain decision. Mr. Ellis traces event back in Washington’s earlier life which explain, or try at least, his course of action.
The book simply didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t feel sorry for the author, maybe because the story of her divorce isn’t complete and the missing pieces seem essential to understanding the tragedy (not to mention all the guilt she felt without really explaining why).
“Purge” is a wonderful book; I highly recommend it to both men and women of all nations. I certainly hope more people will read this wonderful novel which, as we all know, don’t come around as often as we would like them to..
I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.