Category Archives: American History

Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: .38 Special

It is easy to think that one knows a band from a small selection of its music sometimes, and certainly .38 Special was in that category of bands.  Growing up in rural central Florida, I heard some of their music … Continue reading

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It Was Acceptable At The Time

[Image taken from:  http://christopherankamedia.blogspot.com/2013/09/video-analysis-calvin-harris-acceptable.html.  Check out the blog; it’s a good one on textual analysis of the song and video for “Acceptable In The 80’s, by British DJ Calvin Harris.] One of the things I most enjoy about listening to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fundamentalism And American Culture

Fundamentalism And American Culture, by George M. Marsden I do not believe there is a large market for a book like this one.  That is not to say in any way that this book is not good.  It is, in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Twilight Of The American Enlightenment

The Twilight Of The American Enlightenment:  The 1950s And The Crisis Of Liberal Belief, by George M. Marsden As someone who has long appreciated the divide between left and right, I found this book fascinating in its look at mainstream … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism

Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism, by George M. Marsden It was not until getting to near the end of this book that I really appreciated it.  As someone who is on the outskirts of both fundamentalist and evangelical culture, largely through … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boys In The Boat

The Boys In The Boat:  Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown Spoiler alert:  They got the gold.  This book is the sort of work that purports to be more … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club:  The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory, by Julie Checkoway In reading this book, which I generally enjoyed, although I am not particularly well-versed in swimming history, I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wildest Race Ever

The Wildest Race Ever:  The Story Of The 1904 Olympic Marathon, by Meghan McCarthy I first heard about this particular race from a Sports Illustrated feature that dramatized this shambolic Olympic race, but the SI crew may have gotten it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Third Jihad

The Third Jihad:  Overcoming Radical Islam’s Plan For The West, by Michael Youssef [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale Blog Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] From time to time I read books relating … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right

Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right, by Ambroe Bierce and Jan Freeman This is a complicated book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing as well.  Once upon a time I came across … Continue reading

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