Blue Highways / River-Horse

Read in 2013, Reviewed in March 2016 Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least-Heat Moon Blue Highways Revisited by Edgar I. Ailor III River-Horse; A Voyage Across America by William Least-Heat Moon Several Years ago, I planned an epic drive across the United States with my friend Kevin Hamrick. I planned a great […]

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Christianity and War

Originally Reviewed on 4/18/2015 – revised 3/25/2016 Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State by Lawrence Vance. Like many in the American church, I grew up believing in the truth of the scriptures and in a lot of other bits of American culture about which it was not explained that these things […]

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Defending the Undefendable

Originally Reviewed on 4/18/2015 – revised 3/25/2016 Defending the Undefendable by Walter Block This is exactly the kind of book that spurs real thought in the reader by challenging the most rudimentary of assumptions about behavior. This is a classic of Libertarian thought because its challenge to economic thinking is from the point of view […]

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Swords Into Plowshares

Originally Reviewed 9/10/2015 – revised on 3/19/2016 Swords into Plowshares; A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity by Ron Paul I remember thinking during 2008 that Ron Paul was the crazy old uncle of the party who didn’t have a chance to win, so I did not listen to him. By […]

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The Copperhead

Originally Reviewed 2/8/2016 – revised on 3/19/2016 The Copperhead by Harold Frederick Just finished “The Copperhead” by Harold Frederick (1893). This is the story of a Northern farm family that is affected by the Civil War when the son joins the union army against his father’s wishes. His father is a ‘Copperhead’, a northern opponent […]

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Foundation

Originally Reviewed 1/26/2016 – revised on 3/19/2016 Foundation by Isaac Asimov First Book review of 2016 I rarely read fiction (outside of Bernie Sanders campaign literature). This is the first in quite a while, but it is actually a re-read. I first found the “Foundation” series by Asimov back in the mid-1980s. Despite being about […]

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Salt; a World History

Originally Reviewed 12/31/2015 – revised on 3/19/2016   Salt; a World History by Mark Kurlansky   Last book of 2015 and just barely finished in time. This is one that I was simultaneously fascinated by and also ready to finish. 449 pages of densely packed stories about the production, transportation, usage and the cultural impacts […]

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Back Story

Originally Reviewed 12/6/2015 – revised on 3/19/2016 Back Story by David Mitchell The latest in my series of “Unsolicited Book Reviews” is one that I have been slowly reading for several months. [This is one of the few e-books that I have read and I am not a big fan of that format.] I have […]

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Great Train Robberies of the Old West

Originally Reviewed 9/5/2015 – revised on 3/19/2016 Great Train Robberies of the Old West by R. Michael Wilson Growing up, I loved trains and train stories. Train robberies were an item of fascination because it seems so difficult to do. However, most of them involved taking advantage of the safety guidelines established by the railroads […]

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Originally Reviewed 9/5/2015 – revised on 3/19/2016 A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage A lighter read than most of the books this year. This is a history of six major types of drinks in human history. It starts with beer, then wine, both staples in the ancient world. These accompanied […]

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