Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Henry IV: Part 2

Henry IV:  Part 2, by William Shakespeare Why is this play named the way it is?  On the one hand, there is a seamless connection to the first play, of which this is an obvious sequel, but on the other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry IV: Part 1

Henry IV:  Part 1, by William Shakespeare I must admit that as a reader of Shakespeare’s plays that I find a great deal less enjoyment out of his historical plays than I do out of most of his other plays.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The French & Indian War: Deciding The Fate Of North America

The French & Indian War:  Deciding The Fate Of North America, by Walter R. Borneman I must say that as someone who reads a fair amount about the French & Indian War that there was not a great deal of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War That Made America

The War That Made America:  A Short History Of The French And Indian War, by Fred Anderson This is the sort of short history of the French and Indian War that makes for compelling reading and plenty of material to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Battles Of The French & Indian War

Battles Of The French & Indian War, by Diane Smolinski I was disappointed in this book, even with fairly low expectations and a generous standard for treating it.  There are some things that this book does very well, and that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Books On Fire

Books On Fire:  The Destruction Of Libraries Throughout History, by Lucien X. Polastron Among those who love books and libraries  there is an understandable undercurrent of fear about the threats faced to the preservation (much less the increase) of knowledge … Continue reading

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Book Review: Palaces For The People

Palaces For The People:  How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, And The Decline Of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg This book was immensely disappointing.  There are certainly cases to be made about the importance of having safe social … Continue reading

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Book Review: Library: An Unquiet History

Library:  An Unquiet History, by Matthew Battles In reading this book I was struck by my own fondness for libraries and their vulnerability.  To be sure, libraries have always had a purpose and agenda wherever they have been found, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walking With God Through Pain And Suffering

Walking With God Through Pain And Suffering, by Timothy Keller This is another sort of book that is an occupational hazard of being a Christian of a particular personal background.  For fairly transparently obvious personal reasons, I tend to read … Continue reading

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Book Review: Counterfeit Gods

Counterfeit Gods:  The Empty Promises Of Money, Sex, And Power, and The Only Hope That Matters, by Timothy Keller For all of his faults, you cannot claim that the author here merely speaks to the itching ears of his audience.  … Continue reading

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