Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Influenza 1918

Influenza 1918:  The Worst Epidemic In American History, by Lynette Iezzoni Reading about the horrific and massively deadly influenza epidemic of 1918 is a bit too topical of reading given the contemporary climate, but I have always liked to read … Continue reading

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You Should Have Seen It Coming

This morning I received an e-mail from the WaPo, an organization that has done more than most to increase the toxic partisanship in the contemporary United States, express complaints on the part of researchers into Coronavirus models that they did … Continue reading

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Book Review: Are Cycles In America’s History Predicting W.W.111?

Are Cycles In America’s History Predicting W.W.111?, by Dennis J. Foley [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As someone who is a particularly fond of cycles of history, … Continue reading

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Book Review: America’s War And Peace Cycles

America’s War And Peace Cycles:  1686 To Present, With Projections, by Dennis J. Foley [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book expresses both some insight and the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Woman’s Civil War

A Woman’s Civil War:  A Diary With Reminisces Of The War, From March 1862, by Cornelia Peake McDonald, edited, with an introduction by Minrose C. Gwin Honestly, this book would be an amazing one except for the introduction by someone … Continue reading

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Book Review: Emilie Davis’ Civil War

Emilie Davis’ Civil War: The Diaries Of A Free Black Woman In Philadelphia, 1863-1865, edited by Judith Giesberg A book like this is a tough one to review.  On the one hand, the mere existence of this book as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Confederate Girl: The Diary Of Carrie Berry, 1864

A Confederate Girl:  The Diary Of Carrie Berry, 1864, edited by Kerry Graves This book is one that I found deeply fascinating.  On the one hand, the content of the book is not stellar in that it does not even … Continue reading

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On The Dilemmas Of Self-Government

Can people be relied upon to conduct basic actions that help with self-preservation, like washing hands and conducting basic social distancing in times of panic such as the present time?  It would appear that for many people, the answer is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marquis Lafayette Reconsidered

The Marquis Lafayette Reconsidered, by Laura Auricchio This isn’t a bad book, per se, but it is not as good a book as it thinks it is.  The author is of the mistaken opinion that those who read books about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lafayette: Hero Of The American Revolution

Lafayette:  Hero Of The American Revolution, by Gonague Saint Bris One has to wonder, the more one knows about the life of Lafayette, if he was well-served by his times and by his associates.  A wealthy orphan with a taste … Continue reading

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