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A review of “The Splendid and the Vile”

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an outstanding book Erik Larson has delivered. Could another WWII book bring anything new or … Continue reading

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A Review of “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon With Secretary Mattis”

Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy Snodgrass My rating: 3 of 5 stars I saw this book as an opportunity to learn more about Jim Mattis and how he fared in the Trump Administration. I … Continue reading

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A Review of “American Maelstrom” by Michael Cohen

American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division by Michael Cohen My rating: 5 of 5 stars American Maelstrom Every four years we hear that the upcoming Presidential election is the most important in history, and there is … Continue reading

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A Look at “1941: The Year Germany Lost the War” by Andrew Nagorski

1941: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski My rating: 4 of 5 stars A nice look at what author Andrew Nagorski considers to be the pivotal year of World War II, 1941, where the tide of war … Continue reading

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A Review of “The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D Leahy”

The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt’s Chief of Staff by Phillips Payson O’Brien My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting book on the life and impactful military and political … Continue reading

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A Look at “Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party” by Jon Ward

Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party by Jon Ward My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Jimmy Carter/Teddy Kennedy race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1980 was an epic fight and Jon … Continue reading

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A Review of “The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America”

The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America by Jake Sherman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another look at the first half of the Trump Administration, but this time from the perspective … Continue reading

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A Look at “Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century” by John Farrell.

Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century by John A. Farrell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Bumped into this book in my library, so I read it the old fashioned way, and I am very happy I did. Thomas P. … Continue reading

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A look at “The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour” by Andrew Rawnsley

The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour by Andrew Rawnsley My rating: 5 of 5 stars A terrific, and detailed book, about the second and third terms of “New Labour” led by Tony Blair, and … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patricks Day. A Review of “Big Fellow-Long Fellow a Joint Biography of Collins and De Valera” by T Ryle Dwyer

Big Fellow, Long Fellow. A Joint Biography of Collins and De Valera: A Joint Biography of Irish politicians Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera by T. Ryle Dwyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars A great bargain on Kindle this … Continue reading

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