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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

It’s likely there have been enough books on the Wright brothers to fill up every inch of a small, or maybe even a medium size, library, but in The Wright Brothers, his new biography of the pioneers of flight, award-winning historian David McCullough adds another very worthy and very accessible volume on Wilbur and Orville. Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Shakespeare’s Restless World : a Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor

I’ve been hesitant to pick up one of these “history in objects” books because of my concern that it would be too disjointed, but since we are celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this month, I figured I would give it a go.  Shakespeare’s Restless World is not, in fact, a linear history.  However, it is so … Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

Imagine “The Devil in the White City” combined with a study of Frank Norris’ naturalistic novel “McTeague”, and you have an idea of how Careless People is structured.  It’s an amazing amalgamation of true crime, biography and literary criticism that captivates the reader and transports him back to The Jazz Age.  The book is intricately … Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill

Cahill’s latest offering is the sixth installment in the “Hinges of History” series that began in 1995.  Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World reads like an upper-level European history lecture class.  It is definitely not for readers unfamiliar with the major artistic, political and religious figures of the time … Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Revolutionary Summer: the Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis

Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis is no stranger to the history of the American Revolution.  He returns to the topic in Revolutionary Summer with a fresh look at the critical period of May – October 1776.  Instead of a reinterpretation of the time, he provides a synthesis of the political and military history, arguing that we can … Continue reading

Award Winning / Biography / History / Nonfiction

Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Pulitzer-prize winning writer Meacham turns to the story of America’s third president.  Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power explores the ways Jefferson wielded power both domestically and politically.  As a boy Jefferson learned from his father how to be the master of the plantation, and he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, … Continue reading