Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Disraeli: The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister

Disraeli:  The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister, by Christopher Hibbert I must admit that I had mixed feelings about this particular book.  The author did a good job at writing about the life of Benjamin Disraeli, a man who … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street Years, by Margaret Thatcher A great many political memoirs are full of obfuscation and self-deception and a distinct lack of detail as the author tries to paint themselves as some sort of transformational leader who is somehow … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winston Churchill: British Prime Minister & Statesman

Winston Churchill:  British Prime Minister & Statesman, by Sue Vander Hook For a variety of reasons I have always been fond of reading books by and about Sir Winston Churchill, that great war leader of Great Britain who nonetheless had … Continue reading

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Book Review: Backlands

Backlands:  A Novel, by Victoria Shorr This book seems custom-made to make into a movie.  I do not consider that a bad thing, even if this story is not precisely the sort of story I am most fond of.  There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bellini And The Sphinx

Bellini And The Sphinx, by Tony Bellotto, translated by Clifford E. Landers The author is apparently a noted musician in Brazil that I am not familiar with and also a noted writer in Brazilian noir fiction.  As someone who is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Run For It

Run For It:  Stories Of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom, by Marcelo D’Salete This is the sort of book that is designed to appeal to contemporary sensibilities of self-hating whites and blacks who want to point to the dignity … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revolution Song

Revolution Song:  A Story of American Freedom, by Russell Shorto This book is a stellar example of the best achievements that can result from the contemporary leftist obsession with identity politics combined with a complex and well-researched view of history … Continue reading

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Book Review: Liberty’s Exiles

Liberty’s Exiles:  American Loyalists In The Revolutionary World, by Maya Jasanoff As I have noted before, I come from a background that includes loyalists from the American Revolution, and given the importance of loyalists to the foundation of Canada and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Killing England

Killing England, Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard Someone might need to inform Bill O’Reilly that it is okay to change one’s schtick when it comes to writing popular histories.  O’Reilly has a series of books that are all about killing, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Little Spark

The Little Spark:  30 Ways To Increase Your Creativity, by Carrie Bloomston I did not consider this to be a bad book, though I think the author was herself somewhat confused as to what she was trying to accomplish with … Continue reading

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