Category Archives: American History

Book Review: The Triumph Of William McKinley

The Triumph Of William McKinley:  Why The Election of 1896 Still Matters, by Karl Rove I have to admit at the outset that I am pleasantly surprised by how good this book is, having never read a book from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Birth Of Modern Politics

The Birth Of Modern Politics:  Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828, by Lynn Hudson Parsons In reading this book, published in 2009, I was struck by how relevant it was to the contemporary political environment.  Of … Continue reading

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The Price Of Heresy

Some years ago [1], I read a book written by a libertarian which promoted itself, falsely, as being a book about the “real” Abraham Lincoln when it was nothing of the kind.  At the time, I was content to give … Continue reading

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Lopping And Cropping

Sometimes, less is more.  The famous novelist Jane Austen [1] was known to be somewhat coy about her writing methods, crafting among the most witty novels to be written in the English language, novels known for their fantastic sense of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Next Generation Leader

The Next Generation Leader:  Essentials For Those Who Will Shape The Future, by Andy Stanley When I read this book as part of my occasional reading on the subject of leadership [1], I was concerned that this book would be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope:  Lessons Learned In The Obama White House About The Future Of Faith In America, by Michael Wear [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Return To The Margins

Return To The Margins:  Understanding And Adapting As A Church To Post-Christian America, by Terry Coy There are a variety of ways that one can take the understanding that America’s superficial civic religion with a patina of Christian values over … Continue reading

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We Watched The Sunset Over The Castle On The Hill

What is it that leads people to be nostalgic?  I was born in the town of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and when I was born the town itself was a vibrant industrial suburb of Pittsburgh with factories full of steelworkers.  Soon after … Continue reading

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Book Review: Philosopher’s Holiday

Philosopher’s Holiday, by Irwin Edman A week and a half ago, I saved this book from being tossed into the fireplace by agreeing to add it to my collection without ever having heard of it before.  I knew nothing of … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Home: A Discussion Of Presidential Farewell Addresses

It can be immensely instructive to pay attention to what someone says last.  This is especially true of presidents, whose words in general are under more scrutiny than most because of the office that they hold, and whose last words … Continue reading

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