Book Reviews

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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Much has already been written about Custer’s Last Stand so it’s hard to see what else can be told about it. However, gifted story-teller Nathaniel Philbrick had access to recently surfaced memoirs to add to the already formidable amount of Custer lore. Readers of Philbrick’s prior best sellers about nautical events, Mayflower, Heart of the Sea and Sea … Continue reading

Book Review: Lost on Planet China

Lost On Planet China by J. Martin Troost is one Westerner’s attempt to understand the world’s most complicated country. The China that Troost portrays is not all that appealing. It is obviously crowded, 1.3 billion people have to go somewhere, but it is also incredibly polluted. Wherever Troost goes he describes the air as (continue reading)

Book Review: Slow Death by Rubber Duck

In the film The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics. DuPont gave us the slogan “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry.” Today those chickens have come home to roost, well at least the ones that haven’t been poisoned or become infertile thanks to the chemical industry.               Slow Death By Rubber Duck: The … Continue reading

Book review: Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

Ahh what a simpler time. When a recently minted ex-President could hop in the car with his wife and take a road trip, unescorted by any security, halfway across the country to visit his daughter and some friends. Even though Truman was the target of an assassination attempt while President, back then once you left the White House … Continue reading