Category Archives: History

Book Review: The Story Of Measurement

The Story Of Measurement, by Andrew Robinson I am not sure the extent to which the author is aware of it, but he engages in an awful lot of doublespeak and it makes this book less enjoyable than it would … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: What Does The Bible Say About Religion?

Religion is a word that we tend to toss about pretty casually.  We study comparative religion, or may hear others say that they are spiritual but not religious, as if to be religious was a bad thing.  We may even … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stilwell And The American Experience In China 1911-45

Stilwell And The American Experience In China 1911-45, by Barbara W. Tuchman Admittedly, this book ends somewhat abruptly, but that is because its subject’s life ended somewhat abruptly.  One moment we are reading about Stilwell’s experience at the end of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Proud Tower

The Proud Tower:  A Portrait Of The World Before The War:  1890-1914, by Barbara W. Tuchman The author is wise, I think, in this case, to consider this book to be a portrait rather than a more complete account.  This … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Guns Of August

The Guns Of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman Given that this book is such a well-recognized classic of the history of the first month of World War I, it is hard to say anything new about it, and so I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Portland Speedway

Portland Speedway (Images Of Sports), by Jeff Zurschmeide In reading this book I was filled with a sense that I wish I would have known this building better.  Now torn down with the remnants of a small clay track that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oregon City

Oregon City (Images Of America), by Jim Tompkins Oregon City is a small city where I have spent considerably more time than its small size and contemporary obscurity would tend to demand.  Yet there is a sense of missed opportunity … Continue reading

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Book Review: Theatres Of Portland

Theatres Of Portland (Images Of America), by Gary Lacher and Steve Stone There is a feeling of considerable melancholy in looking at some of these images of the past.  And there is a certain degree of mixed feelings about its … Continue reading

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Book Review: The American Prison: From The Beginning: A Pictorial History

The American Prison:  From The Beginning:  A Pictorial History, published by the American Correctional Association This is both a strange and a compelling pictorial history of American imprisonment, strange because it is rare for a profession to throw themselves under … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Architecture Of Incarceration

Architecture Of Incarceration, edited by Iona Spens I have mixed feelings about this particular book.  On the one hand, I am definitely a part of the target audience that this book is aiming at, and that is people who are … Continue reading

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