If you’re a naval history buff or a Patrick O’Brian fan, put this book at the top of your list. Tim McGrath’s biography of John Barry is excellent. McGrath gives a wealth of detail without being tedious. . . . → Read More: John Barry An American Hero In The Age Of Sail by Tim McGrath
Mang’s second book is a delightful break from the dreary news of the day. Sometimes it’s better just to laugh. . . . → Read More: The Smell of Politics by Curtice Mang
Daughan tells the story of American Navy Captain David Porter in a way that takes the reader from admiration to, if not disdain, disappointment in the foibles of a man obsessed with reputation. Porter’s story is sad in some ways. He had many virtues and talents, but these were ultimately cast in the shadow of overwhelming ego, ambition, and a convoluted sense of entitlement. But for all that, Porter was an American hero who left a legacy that included his adopted son David Farragut, Civil War admiral David Dixon Porter and commodore William D. Porter. . . . → Read More: The Shining Sea by George C. Daughan
And now for something completely different.
On a whim, a few months back, I bought some tickets to see Vince Gill. I’ve always liked Gill, but was never a fan in the way I am a fan of Suzy Bogguss …
. . . → Read More: Vince Gill Concert
Mr. President is Unger’s best book to date. Unger doesn’t make a single faulty step in his project to show how Washington framed the office of the president. His research shows through in his writing and he supports his contentions with footnotes as well as logic. Unger credits Dr. John P. Kaminsky at the onset, for his help on the project. Kaminsky is a scholar of some considerable renown that this reviewer had the honor of interviewing a few years ago. In any case, this, like each of the last several of Unger’s books has been better than the last. . . . → Read More: “Mr. President”: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office by Harlow Giles Unger
Sons of The Father is a collection of essays written mostly by academic historians. The scholarship of the authors is readily apparent in the quality of the writing. But the essays were not the dry academic prose one might expect from snooty academics. They were uniformly interesting and each culminated in a very useful bibliography tied to the footnotes that the writers used to support their various theses. . . . → Read More: Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Proteges