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Debunking Howard Zinn by Mary Grabar

Debunking Howard Zinn – Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America is a thorough analysis of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Mary Grabar goes through Howard Zinn’s connections with socialist or communist society to paint a plain picture of

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn follows an “ordinary” day in a Soviet Union “special camp”. Ivan Denisovich (Shukov) is eight plus years into his ten year sentence at a labor camp. Wrongfully arrested but happy to be alive, Shukhov

With All Due Respect by Nikki R Haley

With All Due Respect by Nikki Haley – Review

With All Due Respect is a memoir by native South Carolina and Indian American Nikki R. Haley. The memoir focuses on Haley’s tenure as South Carolina’s governor and her amazing job as United States ambassador for the United Nations. Haley grew up in rural South

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone is a mystery novel published in 1868 by the Victorian author Wilkie Collins. In his day, Collins was well-loved and on par with Charles Dickens. But over time Collins’ fame faded. Only more recently has his works been rediscovered. This is the first

American Spirit by David McCullough – Review

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For is a collection of speeches by masterful historian David McCullough. Many of these speeches were college commencement addresses, including one he gave at Hillsdale College. This collection is best enjoyed as an audio book

The Brothers Karamazov – Review

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov follows three brothers, Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexey (Alyosha). Each represents a different level of religious and philosophical belief. Their father, Fyodor Pavlovich is a sensualist and all around “dirty old man” who continuously failed his sons from their

The Starless Sea Review

The Starless Sea is Erin Morgenstern’s highly anticipated second novel. The story stars the young bookish/gamer Zachary whose life story takes a wild turn when he discovers a mysterious book in his college library. The main story line switches from following Zachary to excerpts from

A. Lincoln by Ronald C White Jr

A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr – Review

A. Lincoln is a large biography that reads like a novel. Despite being a lifelong Illinois resident (the Land of Lincoln), this is the first biography of the 16th U.S. President that I’ve read. While this book is not the most extensive bio of Lincoln,