Fleming was an avid bird watcher, and had a book on his table called Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of The West Indies by an ornithologist named… James Bond. Mr. Fleming felt free to borrow the name. When Fleming contacted the author about using his name, Mr. Bond replied that he was “fine with it”. In the movie Die Another Day, actor Pierce Brosnan can be seen examining the book.
What I thought would be tedious, turned out to be a great and unexpected read.
*Avalon spoke a few words of French. They were well-pronounced meows that coincidentally resembled the French vocabulary, but it had people fooled every time.
Trained as a physician, he opened a practice but closed it because he never received any patients.
A few days ago I published my thoughts on Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands, a biography of the 40th president of the United States. I thought this was an excellent, interesting biography which is balanced and a joy to read. The book is engaging and I will certainly reference it in the future. The publisher is giving away one copy of this book to two (2) winners –to enter fill out the Rafflecoptter form at the end of the post. Giveaway Giveaway ends: May 27, 2015 US / Canada Shipping Addresses Only No PO Boxes Winners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, otherwise an alternate winner will be picked Congratulations: Names as email
I really liked the characters of the book, the three Kenyan orphans are engaging and likeable. I also liked how the author took the Wizard of Oz and weaved that narrative into his storyline throughout the book.
Mr. Baum was an adamant supporter of women’s rights. His mother in law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, even wrote a book, History of Woman Suffrage (availble for free) with Susan B. Anthony, however it is said she did not like her son-in-law very much.
The book follows Reagan from his youth, his Hollywood career, his presidency (which gets the lion share of the book of course) and to his death.