February 25, 2018

Book Review | The Beautiful Tree by James Tooley [Contributor]

The Beautiful Tree  is a book about what’s right with the world. Amazingly, what is right with the world is found in the slums of Nigeria, India, Kenya, China, and Zimbabwe. The poor educating themselves without government assistance is the name of the game. In the early 2000s author of The Beautiful Tree, James Tooley (a British […]

Featuring author Mitchell Zuckoff, master of the WWII rescue narrative

Two of the best and most interesting books I’ve read in the last year–Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time –are both tales of harrowing and dangerous rescues set during World War II. Both involve the rescue of survivors of crashed airplanes–from the one of the last unexplored jungles of the world and the other from […]

Best Non-fiction Reads of 2012

Last year was a great year for good books. I tend to prefer history over other topics, but this year’s non-fiction picks included sociology, economics, and literature…but all, still, with a link to history.

In no particular order, then, my favorite non-fiction reads of 2012 are…

Review | With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain by Michael Korda

Ranked among the greatest battles in British history, along with Waterloo, defeating the Spanish Armada, and Trafalgar, the Battle of Britain stands as a turning point during World War II when the Nazi juggernaut finally faced a foe that would not fall. Though few recognized it immediately, it was the turning of the tide in the war. WithWith Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Michael Korda brings the battle to life, both in the air above England and in the halls of government where defenses we’re planned and prepared.

Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

With Peter Jackson releasing the first of three movies covering J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” this coming December 15, I thought it was time to reread the book.

It’s hard to explain adequately how I feel about “The Hobbit.” Simply put, it’s one of my favorite books, I’ve read it more times than any other novel (though I’m not sure what that tells you about me).

Book Review: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein

There are some books which have stood the test of time and have been deemed classical and reviewing is a futile effort. Like an art critic reviewing the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel with anything short of awe and respect, reviewing a classic novel feels a little arrogant. How does one critique what has passed the test of time?

And so we come to the book: Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is Harsh Mistress.”

5 Minute Book Review | Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Every once and a while I read a book because I’m supposed to, whether because it won the Pulitzer or Nobel or Booker, or some other prestigious prize, or it’s just old enough to have been granted “classic” status.

Usually, the book turns out to be just as good, or at least just as notable, as it is supposed to be.