History & Biography

Reviews on history books and biographies.

Assassination Vacation Book Review

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell Book Review

Assassination Vacation is a nonfiction discussion on three American presidents and their assassins as told by one with an obsession so great, she actually took a vacation to visit each and every landmark associated with the murders. Lincoln (R) in 1865, Garfield (R) in 1881, and McKinley (R) in 1901 are the three presidents she…

Thunderstruck Book Review

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson Book Review

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson is a work of non-fiction which takes the reader on a thrill ride through history. Larson combines the true stories of two men whose paths seemingly should have had no connection to one another. Each man’s tale highlights important events not only in their own lives but in society as well. Crown | October…

Abandoned by the Vatican Book Review

Abandoned by the Vatican by Jack Doherty Book Review

Abandoned by the Vatican: My Clandestine Journey to Support Secret Priests Behind the Iron Curtain is the little known but true tale of the “Book Priest” and his project to secretly ship Catholic books to illegal priests in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Romania during the Cold War. You would think a tale such as this…

The Lost Hero of Cape Cod Book Review

The Lost Hero of Cape Cod by Vincent Miles Book Review

In the early to mid-nineteenth century, the heroes of our young American country were the sea captains who navigated the perilous waters, constantly breaking records and setting new courses. Their names were as familiar to the populous back then as the name Neil Armstrong is to us now. The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain Asa Eldridge…

In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick Book Review

If you grew up in New England, especially coastal New England, you’ve likely heard of the Whaleship Essex. A ship born out of the American whaling capital of Nantucket in the early nineteenth century, its incredible tale was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. In In the Heart of the Sea, author Nathaniel Philbrick pieces…

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