Category Archives: History

The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable – Rosa DeLauro

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Morally speaking, the social safety net acknowledges that we are accountable to one another. It originated from our recognition that the vulnerable and the poor are not alien populations; they are us, in certain times and … Continue reading

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Obama’s Legacy: What He Accomplished as President – Michael I. Days

(Reviewed by JD Jung) We all know those who refuse to acknowledge the vast accomplishments of the Obama presidency, even though the facts stare them right in the face. I personally think it is due to racism, but it is … Continue reading

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The Fix Is in: The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy- J A Graffagnino

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) The truth is revealed in this detailed account regarding the devastating fire at 130 Liberty Street, Manhattan’s Deutsche Bank, located in the heart of the financial sector, a short distance from what was the World Trade … Continue reading

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Los Angeles in the 1970s – David Kukoff (Editor),

(Reviewed by Don Jung) Back in the 1970s New Yorkers considered Los Angeles a “cow town” according to TV writer/novelist Bruce Ferber. As one of the twenty-nine commenting on how they describe the City of Angels, he explains how Los … Continue reading

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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends – Mary McAuliffe

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “A swelling population of expats, dubbed the “Lost Generation,” either found themselves or became permanently mired in a haze of fantasy and booze. Escapism and creativity mingled for a decade in this fizzy atmosphere, until the … Continue reading

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The Bible in Spain: Or, The journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an Englishman, in an attempt to circulate the Scriptures in the peninsula. – George Henry Borrow

(Reviewed by arwen1968) In 1842, a nobody called George Borrow wrote a detailed, 550-pages-long account of his day job. Sounds boring? Well, it isn’t: Borrow’s day job was to sell bibles in war-torn, Catholic Spain. Anybody familiar with Catholicism knows … Continue reading

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Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating- Moira Weigel

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…dating itself often feels like the worst, most precarious form of contemporary labor: an unpaid internship. You cannot be sure where things are heading, but you try to gain experience. If you look sharp, you might … Continue reading

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Cleopatra – Ernle Bradford

(Reviewed by Ishita RC)     My fascination with Egyptian history      attracted me to this book and I am glad to  report that my choice didn’t disappoint me.  The name of the book pretty much says it. Cleopatra is … Continue reading

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(By Glenda Anderson) “Ripped From The Headlines and Coming to Your Theater!” George Clooney’s film, “The Monuments Men,” due for release this December, was inspired by a book, not news headlines. The non-fiction “Monuments Men” by Robert Edsel  was also inspired … Continue reading

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16 Seasons in Hell: The Definitive Western Account of The WWII Campaign on The Eastern Front – Daniel Bennett

Reviewed by Glenda Anderson Daniel Bennett’s book is monumental, written with a keen understanding and insight. It encompasses a detailed research and piecing together of thousands of minutiae gleaned from histories, military documents and memoirs, affording an exceptional eagle’s eye … Continue reading

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