Category Archives: History

Book Review: Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis, by Clement Eaton Jefferson Davis is a mysterious man with regards to the Civil War.  It is not that he seems a hard man to understand himself–like many political leaders he struggled with his physical health and in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Neutrals

The Neutrals, by Denis J. Fodor It is perhaps not surprising that the various neutrals of World War II should find themselves shifting in response to the course of the war and that regardless of their own desire to remain … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Commodores/Lionel Richie

It is remarkable to me that Lionel Richie is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  To be sure, Lionel Richie is not a rock act, but as far as R&B acts go, he has well-loved songs and … Continue reading

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Creating A Holy Nation

[The following is the text for a message given to the UCG The Dalles congregation for Pentecost on May 31, 2020.] Almost 3500 years ago, as the festival of Pentecost was approaching, the children of Israel, who had just been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Moldova Quo Vadis

Moldova Quo Vadis:  Neutrality And European Integration?  Problems Of Policy, by Igor Talcan This thesis is an interesting one and it looks at the problem of Moldova’s troubled attempts to integrate with Europe over the past thirty years in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Treatise On The Relative Rights And Duties Of Belligerent And Neutral Powers In Maritime Affairs

A Treatise On The Relative Rights And Duties Of Belligerent And Neutral Powers In Maritime Affairs, by Robert Ward I disagreed with a lot of the argument of this book.  But in many ways the argument of the book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andorra: The Hidden Republic

Andorra:  The Hidden Republic, by Lewis Gaston Leary One of the funniest parts of this book is that the author himself engages in the sort of duel that one expects in more competitive challenges than “oldest tiny European republic” than … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Republic Of San Marino

The Republic Of San Marino, by Charles de Bruc This book was originally written in French and was translated into English.  And we can be fortunate for that.  I have long had an interest in San Marino [1] and other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein:  History And Institutions Of The Principality, by Pierre Raton The tiny principality of Liechtenstein has few books written about it, but as a small principality that has survived despite the troubles of the last couple of centuries, it represents … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant, by Josiah Bunting III Why has Grant been viewed as being an incompetent president?  This short book, written by someone who clearly has a positive view of Grant, gives at least some of the basic context that … Continue reading

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