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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

They haunt houses, hotels, whorehouses, asylums, and graveyards. They surprise, startle, and scare us. They toy with us. Or do they? Dickey digs deep into America's ghost lore, and discovers, more often than not, that their manifestation stems from our own personal, communal, and unresolved anxieties and fears. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Father's Day

Buying books for my father is a challenge - almost an insurmountable one. He holds a PhD in optical physics from Harvard, spent his entire career in research at IBM throughout its heyday, directing science and technology development. He has been on every national academy board, engineering or science task force, science advisory panel, held chairs or guest professorships in engineering and physics at MIT, UVA, and UMass - you name it.

The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America by Geoffrey O'Brien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312577148
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - August 16th, 2011

Outwardly: prestige; a family respected, revered, instrumental in America's birth, headed by the State's most powerful judge.
Inwardly: madness; a family writhing in religious upheaval, obscene threats, purple prose, pretension, posing, and murder.
Ultimately: a family consigned by Gothic decree to oblivion. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England by Graham Robb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393285321
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 12th, 2018

This book is an excursion through a very small dense area of Northern England, an "Alcove" as Robb calls it, that has been not lost per se, but well overlooked, a misty half-mythic landscape. This book is for anyone who loves obtuse or old maps and stories of reivers and highwaymen. Robb traverses the land and History by bicycle or on foot. Almost a Time/ travel log. This is a great follow up to his book, Discovery of Middle Earth. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants by H. W. Brands - Book Review

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Published: Doubleday Books - November 13th, 2018

Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun dominated Congress from the War of 1812 through the years before the Civil War. They were respectful but wary of each other: fighting over international relations, the Federal Bank, annexation of Texas, and Indian policy, while each tried, and failed, to be elected president. By the end, their relationship fractured, as did the country, when they failed to reconcile the ideal of a democratic republic with the peculiar institution of slavery. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520108
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 17th, 2018

Gushers, cattle, LBJ, the Alamo, Big D, Stephen F. Austin, the Astrodome, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, border patrols, Roy Orbison, gun love, Sam Houston, immigration, Nolan Ryan: Wright offers a huge helping of the Lone Star State's quirks, controversies, arrogances, beauties, contradictions, and most of all its celebrated and inescapable bigness. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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