Tag Archives: Spain

Book Review: Empire: How Spain Became A World Power 1492-1763

Empire:  How Spain Became A World Power 1492-1763, by Henry Kamen There are a great many writers, some who fancy themselves historians, who complain about the sorts of biases that histories often have in emphasizing only certain players.  This book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spain: A Unique History

Spain:  A Unique History, Stanley G. Payne What makes this book a unique history is something that will either likely win over or alienate the readers of this book, and that is the author’s personal touch and his replacement of … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Unwanted War

An Unwanted War:  The Diplomacy Of The United States & Spain Over Cuba 1895-1898, by John L. Offner Diplomatic history is one of the more underrated genres of history, and this book is certainly a worthwhile history that examines a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lions Of Al-Rassan

The Lions Of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay One of the patterns that the author has shown in his alternate universe is the way that he looks at hinges in history, where characters have to deal with the consequences of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gypsy Ballads

Gypsy Ballads, by Federico Garcia Lorca Rarely is a book more pregnant with ominous hints about an author’s destiny than this book is.  Lorca, with whom I have been familiar with since high school when my Spanish teacher assigned his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catalina

Catalina:  A Romance, by W. Somerset Maugham Admittedly, the writing of W. Somerset Maugham was probably not the most obvious thing to appreciate when it came out in the early 20th century in the face of many disciples of various … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Confidential Agent

The Confidential Agent, by Graham Greene I have to admit that although this book was a bit long at 300 pages (long because the text itself would suggest the book should be shorter), there is a lot to enjoy here.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Crusaders

The Last Crusaders:  The Hundred Year Battle For The Center Of The World, by Barnaby Rogerson Although the author does not make any claims to be a scholar, I have found him to be a very worthwhile guide to history … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Interior Castle

The Interior Castle, by Teresa of Avila In my reading of Christian contemplative texts [1], one tends to find some patterns that reappear over and over again.  For one, those who view Christian mysticism most highly tend to have a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Poems Of St. John Of The Cross

The Poems Of St. John Of The Cross, translated by Ken Krabbenhoft While St. John of the Cross is best known for his famous poem “Dark Night Of The Soul” [1], a poem whose mystic discussion of the rapturous love … Continue reading

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