Books by History & Biography
The Woman Behind the New Deal the Woman Behind the New Deal (2009)
4.1 of 5 Votes: 2
I had read how the state of ME took down her mural - one of the comments was it is reminiscent of “communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses”. I had to find out more about this woman that inspired crazy comments like that to be listened to. I have to say I am so ...
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small (2009)
4.17 of 5 Votes: 1
Fun book on Superchunk and the little label that band members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance created, Merge Records. Mainly focused on their band and the creation and functioning operation and growth of their label, Our Noise also features stories about other artists (Butterglory, Neutral Milk ...
Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (2010)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 4
I appreciated the history related portion of the book, especially regarding Vietnam, and the similarities that may be questioned in the recent wars in the middle east. I did not like the author's writing style and throughout the book felt he had an agenda - while being justly critical of the way...
Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image (2012)
3.6 of 5 Votes: 1
"Da Vinci's Ghost" is about Leonardo Da Vinci's road, philosophies, and steps to making one of his famous pieces of work, "Vitruvian Man". Author Toby Lester went deep into Leonardo's journey to discovering the "Vitruvian Man". This author went into his early days when he first started drawing an...
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (2014)
4.17 of 5 Votes: 5
A real eye-opener. Nina reviews the research supporting the Ancel Keyes Diet-Heart hypothesis and finds it lacking. This hypothesis rests on two premises: 1, that eating fat, especially saturated fat, raises cholesterol; and 2, that higher cholesterol leads to increased risk of heart disease.Es...
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live (2013)
3.61 of 5 Votes: 1
"Paleo." We've all heard the current health and lifestyle buzzword, it's a way to get in touch with our ancestral roots and live the way we should be living, the same way our Paleolithic brothers and sisters did. Why? Because as humans we haven't evolved beyond that and everything since the dawn ...
Osvětimská knihovnice (2013)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 6
Es un libro duro y triste, se te hace corto pues la historia atrapa prácticamente desde el principio de la narración. Al llegar al final, es de esos libros que te da pena decir adiós a algunos personajes con los que has llegado a encariñarte.La recomiendo en especial a aquellos que estén interesa...
De bibliothecaresse van Auschwitz (2012)
4.28 of 5 Votes: 3
Wauw, zo'n goed boek! Zo goed geschreven! Ik zou bijna zeggen dat het 'genieten' is van begin tot einde maar dat woord past helemaal niet in de context van het verhaal. Je krijgt namelijk de gruwel van de oorlog mee maar uit een ander perspectief, het perspectief van Dita, de jonge bibliothecares...
A Bibliotecária de Auschwitz (2013)
4.28 of 5 Votes: 1
Um livro que merece 5 estrelas, muito bem escrito. Relata muito bem os acontecimentos, as mortes, as torturas, as experiências e outros tantos acontecimentos levados a cabo pelos nazis.O livro relata a história verídica de Dita, uma menina de 14 anos, que conseguiu sobreviver e manter a esperança...
The Hammer And The Cross: A New History Of The Vikings (2009)
3.59 of 5 Votes: 5
This is a fine and wide ranging modern history of the time commonly referred to as the 'Viking Age' and one of the first which clearly links the beginning of the Scandinavian attacks on north west Europe to the conquest of heathen Saxony by the Christian Francs under Charlemagne in the 780's. The...
Black Radishes (2010)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 4
A great first novel, this historical fiction, based partly on the life of the author's father, looks at the plight of Jews in France as WWII unfolds. Gustave and his parents leave Paris, business, friends, and family behind to move to a rural French locale as the Nazis gain strength and position ...
Screw Business As Usual (2011)
3.63 of 5 Votes: 4
Excellent!Bravo Richard! It is these type of ideas that truly bring about change. But not just change for the sake of it… Real change and real passion to see a different tomorrow than the one we are experiencing today. The idea of the elders and the business leaders is one who's time has come… An...
Cartas Extraordinárias: A Correspondência Inesquecível de Pessoas Notáveis (2014)
4.47 of 5 Votes: 4
Book Reviews While on Break:About as good as coffee table books get! The title sums things up nicely, so I wont bother explaining the book's premise.I especially liked the letter Flannery O'Connor wrote in response to a professor of literature asking her about "A Good Man is Hard to Find". The le...
Letters of Note - Briefe, die die Welt bedeuten (2014)
4.47 of 5 Votes: 3
A disappointment! I was expecting unbelievable prose and enflaming letters no such thing. It is largely a compilation of letters from famous people (eg who cares about the scopes recipe from the Queen whereas we would have loved a proper letter from her). I am exaggerating a bit and there are go...
The History of White People (2010)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 1
It's hard not to read Ralph Waldo Emerson a little differently after reading this detailed, fascinating history of white supremacy. So much of what we currently face today in our struggle to address race issues with clarity and honesty comes from the bogus race ideas of long ago. As a white male...