Jon Meacham’s His Truth is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

September 24th, 2023 by

Prior to John Lewis’s death, Jon Meacham began writing a book on Lewis’ life and part in the Civil Rights Movement.  He went through past interview notes and he spoke with Lewis in more current conversations with the now late House Representative.   The result is His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the...

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Review of the audio book: A Slave No More

September 2nd, 2023 by

A Slave No More tells the narrative of two men born, Wallace Turnage and John Washington, slaves who ran away and gained their freedom upon reaching Union troop lines during the Civil War.  The first part of the book, by author David W. Blight, expands on these narratives by telling their life stories and those […]

Review of the audio book Midnight Rising

August 23rd, 2023 by

Years ago in school, I learned about John Brown and the raid on Harper’s Ferry.   I thought it was a quick fight with Federal forces taking Brown and his men down quickly.  Now, more than two decades later, I realize my memory is fuzzy and, in a few places, wrong.  In Horwitz’s book I […]

Review of the audio book America Aflame

August 16th, 2023 by

In America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, author David R. Goldfield writes that the infusion of evangelical religion into the public arena caused rifts in America.  In the North, preachers said slavery is wrong and goes against what is in the Bible, while Southern preachers said the exact opposite.  It even spread...

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Review of Audio Book: The Bastard Brigade

August 8th, 2023 by

Sam Kean’s The Bastard Brigade tells the true story of American scientists recruited by the government (Allies) in WWII to help them in two ways.  One group would develop and build the atomic bomb and the second group would try to sabotage German (Axis power) efforts to make their own bomb.   The second group...

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Review of Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

July 30th, 2023 by

In the pages of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, Eric Foner tells the story of three antislavery activists in New York  who helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom. They include Sydney Howard Gray, an abolitionist newspaper editor, Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher, and Minister Charles B. Ray.  The work these...

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Review of The Agitators by Dorothy Wickenden

July 22nd, 2023 by

Author Dorothy Wickenden tells the story of three women who helped fight for women’s rights and to bring about the end of slavery in the United States. She did research did into the lives of these women and those they worked alongside. Harriet Tubman rescued about seventy slaves from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, bringing them along […]

Review of the Audio book – Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

July 16th, 2023 by

In his early adult years, Grover Cleveland became a lawyer and it was not expected he would go much further than that.  However, in a short time, he felt the pull of politics. Within fifteen years, Cleveland would become a sheriff, mayor, governor and then President of the United States.  In all these positions, he […]

Review of Surrender New York by Caleb Carr

July 5th, 2023 by

In Burgoyne County, New York, abandoned and homeless adolescents are found hanging in horrible fashion. Law enforcement decide a serial killer is on the loose but they can’t narrow the suspect pool.   Nearby in the county’s small town of Surrender, Drs. Trajan Jones and Michael Li teach online profiling and forensics courses from the […]

Review of the audio book Killing Commendatore

June 20th, 2023 by

The novel Killing Commendatore is about an unnamed portrait artist whose marriage comes to an abrupt end.  He drives across Japan aimlessly until finally he reaches out to a longtime friend, Masahiko Amada, to see if he can help.  His friend says he can reside in his father’s empty home. (Amada’s father is a famous...

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