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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Rise of the Warrior Cop

Originally Reviewed 8/4/2015 – revised 3/19/2016 Rise of the Warrior Cop; The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko I actually finished it in June, about the time of the Charleston shootings and I just felt that talking about it right then would have seemed like I was saying something that I did not […]

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Greatest Emancipations

Originally Reviewed 8/4/2015 – revised 3/19/16 Greatest Emancipations; How the West Abolished Slavery by Jim Powell I have heard all of my life that the Civil War was necessary to free the slaves in the United States. Not whether the war was about freeing the slaves, but the necessity of that action to cause their […]

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Caesar and the Lamb

Originally Reviewed 8/4/2015 – revised 3/19/16 Caesar and the Lamb, Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service by George Kalantzis This is a scholarly study of the writings and practices of the early Christian church up to the time of the conversion of Constantine. The question it seeks to answer is What was the […]

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The War for Righteousness

Originally reviewed 5/31/2015 – revised 3/19/2016 The War for Righteousness; Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard Gamble In my struggle over the past few years to understand what the real Christ-like view of war should be, I’ve been reading and praying more for understanding and wisdom. I’ve […]

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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

Originally Reviewed 6/7/2015 – revised 3/19/2016 Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville I was pointed to an article on longreads.com about the origins of white collar workers, which begins with a synopsis of Bartleby, The Scrivener. Since I was able to get the Kindle edition for free, I grabbed it. […]

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Animal Farm

Originally Reviewed 6/2/2015 – Revised 3/19/2016 Animal Farm by George Orwell I can’t believe I never read this one in High School! I read “1984” and “Lord of the Flies” like everyone else. Heck, I read “Lord of the Rings” in Jr. High (Because Nerd). It is so much easier and richer now that I […]

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The Last Fighting Tommy

Originally Reviewed 5/30/2015 – revised 3/19/2016 The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry Patch and Richard van Emden Finished this one last night and I recommend it highly. By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew Mr. Patch at least a bit, maybe because his life story reminded me of my dad. […]

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