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Category Archives: American History

Review: What Happened by Scott McClellan

Tweet What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan is the second book that we are reviewing in an informal exploration of the Bush Presidency and contemporary history. As opposed to the previous review of Frum’s account of the White House, which was pro-Bush, McClellan’s account is, at […]

Book Review: The Right Man by David Frum

Tweet It’s always fascinating to look at history and events by examining what was being said at the time.  So often, most of the historical accounts and research is written with hindsight but without balancing out what the general thoughts, regardless of how varied they may be, at the moment were.  My decision, in 2010, […]

Book Review: Game Change by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Tweet This was a slight let down because I thought it would be more revelatory.  If you followed the campaigns relatively closely, like we all did, then most of this was not mind blowing.  It does give a little behind the scenes perspective which reveals the true personalities of the candidates and their staff.  The […]

Book Review: The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin

Tweet The subtitle to Jeffrey Toobin’s The Nine is “Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court”. Having read The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodward and Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court by Edward Lazarus, I was excited about Toobin documenting the court in more recent […]

Review: The Case Against the Fed by Murray Rothbard

Tweet This review was orginally written by me on January 2nd, 2009 for another website.  I’ve decided to repost it since the next review will deal heavily with the Federal Reserve and Banking as I plan to finish and review Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (Hardcover) shortly. This is another enlightening […]

Book Review: 1491 by Charles Mann

Tweet Charles Mann begins his book with a section describing “Holmberg’s Mistake” which basically assumes “that Native American’s lived in an eternal, unhistoried state.” Mann spends the remainder of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus dispelling that myth and opening the reader’s mind to a barrage of new revelations backed by academic work. […]