Book Reviews

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Shakespeare's plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V—often called the Henriad—deal with the rise of Henry Bolingbroke, his rocky reign as king, and the better fortune of his son, Henry V.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Robert Graves was a fascinating man. A poet and novelist of some note, he was also a respected classical scholar and translator. And like many of his generation, he served in the British Army during World War I.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

History is full of revolts, conflicts, and wars. Juliet Barker in 1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt examines this English clash that rocked the country through all levels of society.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Beat Goes On collects all of Rankin's Inspector Rebus short stories and presents them in chronological order. Reading through them is a delightful journey through the history of this character.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Maugham’s novel, Ashenden, was quite influential. Later spy novelists, such as John LeCarre, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler and Len Deighton, all give a nod to Maugham as inspiring their own work.

Hissing Cousins
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer in Hissing Cousins examine the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who led parallel yet different tracks in American politics.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous as the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes, and as the author of the 56 original short stories and four novels featuring this character.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Seveneves proves once again that Neal Stephenson possesses an imagination of staggering inventiveness and scope. For him, an event that most of us would find unthinkable is the start of the story.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As a young man, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn hit upon the idea of writing a great epic cycle of novels about Russia, and especially the history of the creation of the Soviet Union and its rise.

He first began work on this series of novels (August 1914, October 1916, March 1917, and April 1917) known collectively as the The Red Wheel, in 1936.

Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship by Victor Appleton
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Released between 1910-1941, the 40 adventure novels in this series feature a young inventor named Tom Swift, who lives in a small town in upstate New York.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin is a fantastic, comprehensive, and concise history of stand-up comedy during the 1960s & 1970s, from the death of Lenny Bruce to the ascendance of stand-up into the mainstream.

Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With this first novel, see what William Faulkner was like before he became the guardian of Yoknapatawpha County and perhaps the greatest of all American novelists.

Tarzan the Untamed
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Monday, March 16, 2015

This novel is quite unique in the Tarzan canon as it is the only one that makes reference to the Great War. The novel, though written in 1919 and published in book form in 1920, is set in 1914.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I honestly don't know what to think about Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb. I'm a geek; I love math and data and statistics. The idea of tackling online dating using statistical analysis and profile optimization is intriguing.

All Quiet on the Western Front
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Friday, February 6, 2015

In the years following World War I, much of the literature on both sides of the Atlantic was strongly anti-war in sentiment. The enthusiasm and idealism that people felt when war was declared soon soured in the trenches.

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