Category Archives: American History

Things Observed During A Two Hour Tour Of Barbados

At about 8AM or so my family arrived in Barbados after a dramatic morning that included waiting at the hotel for a taxi to show up for nearly two hours and rushing to the airport when a taxi called by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace:  The Story Of America’s Most Beloved Song, by Steve Turner There are very few songs that are worthy of a book, much less the sort of lovingly crafted and meticulously researched book that this one is, but Amazing … Continue reading

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Heroes And Villians: A Columbus Day Tale

Yesterday, while I was walking through the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the capital of the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, someone gave thanks to Captain Bligh in rhyme for giving breadfruit to the island and thus … Continue reading

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Book Review: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done:  The ’69 Mets, New York City, And The Most Astounding Season In Baseball History, by Wayne Coffey You know the type.  You go to a sports bar and watch a few games on the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ten Innings At Wrigley

Ten Innings At Wrigley:  The Wildest Ballgame Ever, With Baseball On The Brink, by Kevin Cook While this is in general at least a mildly entertaining book in parts about an interesting game, the book is not quite as exciting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inside The Empire

Inside The Empire:  The True Power Behind The New York Yankees, by Bob Klapish and Paul Solotaroff Doing a season retrospective on a team is a tough task.  One can choose a team that one thinks will be really successful … Continue reading

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Book Review: Smuggler Nation

Smuggler Nation:  How Ilicit Trade Made America, by Peter Andreas There is a pattern that one finds in terms of copyright protection that companies which are copyright-poor tend to support short copyright times so that more information gets into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pirates’ Pact

The Pirates’ Pact:  The Secret Alliance Between History’s Most Notorious Buccaneers And Colonial America, by Douglas R. Burgess, Jr. This book highlights one of the many interesting patterns of American history, and that is the way that buccaneers and pirates … Continue reading

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Book Review: Patriot Pirates (1)

Patriots Pirates:  The Privateer War For Freedom And Fortune In The American Revolution, by Robert H. Patton This book is one I have read before, but it forms a poignant part of a much longer story.  After all, this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Great Civil War

A Great Civil War:  A Military And Political History, 1861-1865, by Russell F. Weigley It just so happens that the political and military aspects of the Civil War (and just about any other subject) happen to be my own favorite … Continue reading

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