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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465049660
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

Terrifying intersections of slavery with capitalism, politics, and economics between 1790 and 1860 are revealed in glaring light. That human bondage and torture actually spurred profits pulverizes trite falsehoods of kindly southern gentry and fawning, respectful slaves. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062666536
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Published: William Morrow & Company - November 7th, 2017

Although the people in Halifax, Nova Scotia who had gathered along the harbor to watch the fire didn't know it, the burning French cargo ship Mont Blanc was carrying 6 million pounds of TNT and volatile picric acid. When the ship exploded about fifteen minutes later, the blast turned the surrounding area into a hellish, body strewn wasteland, killing 2,000 people. This is the harrowing story of one of the worst man-made disasters in history and the courageous determination of people from both Canada and Boston to build a new city from the rubble. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Book Preservation Essentials

Tucked away in attics, basements, barns and storage units are countless bound volumes of prized ephemera. School texts, journals and diaries, long out of print books and antiquated family bibles, filled with the now-defunct practice of documenting genealogy and family history are retained, out of sight but not out of mind. Rarely are these family heirlooms pulled out of storage, but those who own them take comfort in knowing that they are there. Sadly, these books are typically not cared for as well as they deserve.

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One by Alison Weir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101966662
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 26th, 2017

This is a history of the conquest of England by the Normans. It is a well documented time period, but Weir once again searches out the story from the women's points of view, sifting through the myths and legends and making the characters real and believable. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land by Kent Nerburn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780980004601
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Published: Wolf Nor Dog Books - April 25th, 2017

This is a wonderful collection of prose narratives. Extending over a period of time, the reflections of Kent's personal experiences, both real and metaphorical; is an expression of the love of the land and it's history. Dramatic and often heart-stopping. I use this collection as meditations. A new favorite. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451691573
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 26th, 2012

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson loathed Richard Nixon with an intensity that many abhor Donald Trump today. Thompson's searing month-by-month account of the Democratic Party's disastrous attempt to defeat Nixon in 1972 is a cautionary lesson for those who believe Trump will be easy pickings in 2020. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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