Category Archives: History

Last Train Home

The first single of the upcoming album SOB Rock by John Mayer has a bit of a strange pedigree to it. A few months ago the first segment of the song was released to widespread interest among the musical community … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now

Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, by Barry Miles This book is about as close to an autobiography that one could expect of Paul McCartney’s life, and though it only covers the period up to the breakup of the Beatles, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: The Life

Paul McCartney: The Life, by Philip Norman By and large (and this book is large, at more than 800 pages), this is an enjoyable book to read if you are fond of the Beatles and especially Paul McCartney. This book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: A Life

Paul McCartney: A Life, by Peter Ames Carlin Paul McCartney is an interesting figure and this book does a good job at looking at his life in such a way that the reader who has an interest in the history … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Development Of DIY Charts

While there have been websites that have catered to subjective personal charts, most of these were merely charts based on favoritism and there was not the provision of a large amount of data to allow the development of charts that … Continue reading

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Proposals For Solving A Brick Wall #1: A Genetic Genealogy Project

I have written before [1] about this particular issue, the most recent brick wall in my own family history. Considering the sort of stories I hear about people who struggle to find their ancestors, I have to admit that I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Writing Family History Made Very Easy: A Beginner’s Guide, by Noeline Kyle This book is a bit frustrating to read for a variety of reasons, and there were a couple of things about this book that made it far less … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Genealogist’s Internet

The Genealogist’s Internet, by Peter Christian One thing that bothers me, and this is not so much an issue with the book as with the context in which I found it, is that my library stocks so many books about … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, by Godfrey Hodgson This is the sort of book that seems to be written in search of the most obvious criticism it is likely to receive. In fairness to the author, who does think himself … Continue reading

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Book Review: Habits Of Empire

Habits Of Empire: A History Of American Expansion, by Walter Nugent This book is an interesting one. The author seems to view empires as a bad thing, which I do not necessarily think is the case. The author notes that … Continue reading

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