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I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Hank Aaron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061373602
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2007

From his humble beginnings in Mobile, Alabama to his becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, Aaron chronicles the struggles facing black ballplayers in a newly segregated national pastime. He faced bigotry and even death threats as he neared the coveted home run record held by Babe Ruth, yet he did so with a quiet grace that belied the anger inside him. Aaron's reflection on his life and career is peppered with personal glimpses from some of the game's greats who played with and against him, all of whom considered him to be a great baseball player, but a better man. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316296618
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 27th, 2021

This is Gladwell's first foray into straight historical expose, yet his trademark incisive revelation of unexpected truths is on full display. I was mortified, actually, physically revolted by the truths revealed here. Gladwell's editorial self-control is commendable- his thematic elements regarding the beginnings of the Air Force in the years immediately before and then during WWII draw the reader into these “founding aviators” abiding goal to use aerial combat as a significant force towards the benefit of all, including combatants; ie. to shorten wars and lessen overall casualties through the use of targeted aerial assault. What actually happened, in spite of these goals, will stay with me forever, Hirosihma and Nagasaki perhaps not being the worst violence ever inflicted on an enemy by the U.S. Military. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Cave Dwellers by Christina McDowell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982132781
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 25th, 2021

Aristocratic bloodlines, not political power, define the elite in Washington D.C. Having your name listed in the ever-secretive Green Book means that you and your ancestors didn't follow the political circus or the nouveau riche who are ever changing in their town. They socialize and live beside each other. Their children attend the A-list schools and parents never worry about finances. But when one of the families is brutally murdered, they must look at their own behaviors and beliefs to get past the horrible crime. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062312662
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

Sheriff Winston Barnes and his wife are awakened in the middle of the night by the roar of a plane flying very low over their home. When he arrives at the local airport to investigate a possible crash, the sheriff finds a damaged and abandoned World War II era plane at the far end of the short runway and the body of a young Black man lying nearby. The puzzling incident begins to stir the embers of racial tension in the North Carolina coastal town, where Barnes is facing a tough reelection battle against an arrogant, well-connected, and unapologetic bigot, who is determined to use the power of the office to further his ambitious plans for the area. The author combines a compelling mystery with observations about the insidious nature of prejudice and how easily it can distort truth, instill fear, and be accepted as a way of life. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears by Bjorn Dihle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781680513097
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 1st, 2021

Bjorn Dihle grew up in the vicinity of Admiralty Island in Alaska - a place that I will never experience a walk through. A place that I would identify on a map as Grizzly Land. His exceptional memoir portrays many personal encounters with the great brown bears of Alaska. But the book is much more than this. Through his educational narrative - whether as a solo hiker for weeks through some of the wildest lands on earth, as tourist guide, hunter or historian - readers vicariously experience the rich and unique ecosystems that comprise this majestic region and what it would be like to wake in the darkness of your tent to the howl of wolves or the cracking sound of a salmon's skull between a bear's jaw. And what have some of the most experienced woodsmen employed to walk away with their very lives when confronted with an agitated 1500 pound grizzly? Simple, gentle phrases. "I am here." "I am sorry." "I am leaving." "Thank you for not killing me." ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Ironweed by William Kennedy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780140070200
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 1984

The story of Francis Phelan, a bum in depression-era Albany, by turns profound, funny, startling, and gorgeous, stands with Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and The Sound and the Fury in the pantheon of great American literature. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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