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The Russia Hoax

The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald TrumpThe Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump by Gregg Jarrett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this book to see what a lawyer thought of how things happened at the beginning of the whole Russian collusion investigation. I can’t say I learned anything new – most of this has been out there for a while – but I liked seeing the legal aspect of the actions taken by the main players.

If you hate Trump, you’ll still hate him after reading this. If you love Trump, you’ll still love him after reading this. I think I’m something of a Trump agnostic. I don’t love him, I don’t hate him, and I don’t want to see anyone – president or everyday Joe – treated in such a way that our laws are bent and twisted to accommodate a love or a hatred of anyone.

After reading this, I’m very curious to see what the investigation into the investigation will uncover.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Non Fiction

 

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The Culper Ring

The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy RingThe Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring by Charles River Editors
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We’ve started watching the TV series “Turn” and I wanted to bone up on the history. It was a good book for that. It gives an overview of the Culper Ring without wading into the details. If you just want that level of understanding, it’s very good. If you want deeper details and more meat on the bone, this book can still be a place to start your research.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction

 

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Writing Deep Viewpoint

Writing Deep ViewpointWriting Deep Viewpoint by Kathy Tyers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re a writer, if you even think you *might* want to be a writer, then you need to read this book. Point of view (POV) is a difficult thing to explain. Kathy Tyers has made it simple, digestible, and understandable. Get it. Read it. APPLY it. You’ll be a better writer if you do.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Book Reviews, New Release, Non Fiction

 

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All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl HarborAll the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wondered how The Greatest Generation got its name, this is the book to read. Inspiring doesn’t begin to characterize it. This is what we were. This is who we were. This is whom we should aspire to be again. This is about putting our country and our fellow men and women above ourselves. It’s about doing what’s right regardless of the personal cost. This is what we’ve lost. Powerful. Emotional. A must-read for all Americans.

 
 

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American Pharoah

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary RiseAmerican Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love horse racing – read this book. It’s that simple. If you watched American Pharoah and cheered him on to the Triple Crown – read this book. Plenty of behind-the-scenes history about his owner, his trainer, his handlers, his jockey … it’s just all good.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction

 

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli PiratesThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book well worth reading if you like American history or are interested in the history of the Barbary Coast in the early 19th century. While not the most in-depth book, it hits all the highlights and explains the motivations behind the major players. Most importantly, it does so in a very readable format that won’t put the reader to sleep.

One of the takeaways for me in this book is how often great men – and great ideas – fail before they succeed. We live in a culture that doesn’t value failure as a way to learn, grow, and adapt. We want our children to walk on their first try. We want to win a trophy on our first attempt. We want to earn our first million before we’re thirty-five. Thankfully, our forefathers were much wiser, and that wisdom is reflected in this book.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction

 

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Longitude

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His TimeLongitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting look at the problems of navigation regarding finding longitude in the mid-late 1700s. I learned quite a bit from this book, mostly that I knew very little about navigation in the era of Colonial America. In that respect, this was eye-opening stuff.

Written neither as dry facts nor fascinating story, it’s falls somewhere in the middle of those. A useful read for anyone who is writing Colonial American fiction and needs to understand what ships faced as far as navigation in that time period. I had no idea so much of it was left up to dumb luck!

The underlying human story is about John Harrison and his life’s work to find the means to accurately chart longitude as well as to establish credit for his accomplishments in an era that would rather depend on the stars than a mechanical device. Worth reading, but in truth it could have been condensed into a shorter book, it drags in places.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction

 

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