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The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 by George Howe Colt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501104787
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

Undefeated Harvard hosted undefeated Yale at the end of a year of political assassinations, race riots, escalation of war, and the election of Richard Nixon. What happened on the football field, in its glorious improbability, provided an affirmation of sport's outlet for tension and conflict, and the benefit of playing the game. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

The story of four extraordinary presidents during extraordinary times. Goodwin recounts events that indelibly shaped the characters of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, examining how personal trials of each man profoundly affected their response during some of the nation's darkest hours. Eminently readable, this book will instill in the reader a new appreciation for men whose determination and courage still resonate in America today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies by Dawn Raffel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399175749
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Published: Blue Rider Press - July 31st, 2018

He changed his name multiple times. His European background was vague. His medical credentials were ambiguous. He hawked his products on carnival midways. Those products were incubators. And they saved thousands of babies who grew to laugh, love, and live, thanks to him. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion by Edward G. Lengel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780306825682
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 18th, 2018

The "Lost Battalion" gained immense acclaim throughout America after withstanding unimaginable horrors of trench warfare in World War I. After returning home as heroes, their celebrity faded and their physical and emotional wounds festered. Now, a century later, Lengel's work helps ensure their legacy will not be forgotten. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544937116
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 18th, 2018

A select group of POWs gave their German captors a great deal of trouble during World War I. The word "escape-proof" simply didn't apply. The author of The Winter Fortress chronicles the ingenious methods these determined men used to escape to freedom and rejoin the war effort. Many of them were eventually recaptured, punished, and sent to camps where the rugged terrain and the heightened security made the prospect of escape even more daunting. An exciting look at a little known facet of The Great War. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250131867
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Published: Picador - January 9th, 2018

Oneida tells three stories - first, the story of the deeply religious yet egotistical John Humphrey Noyes; then, the story of the Oneida Community, which he founded to follow his own teachings of how humanity might get closer to God (and, along the way doing some very questionable stuff and some surprisingly progressive stuff); and third, the story of Oneida Ltd., insofar as the silverware giant was still a product of what came before. Each is presented with a bevy of background information that makes plain why people made the decisions they did and makes everything make sense in context to one another - not an easy feat, considering some of the variables in play are free love, contraception, feminism, and eugenics.

Wayland-Smith’s status as a descendant of the original Community grants her access to materials not available to any outsider - firsthand accounts, stories from a century and a half earlier, sometimes invaluable considering the intentional destruction of many Community records in the 1940s. She never feels too close to the subject matter to give it a critical eye - Noyes’ shortcomings are well displayed, as are those of others around him. The history is solidly presented and the people within feel true-to-life; so when you turn over a spoon to see the "ONEIDA" stamp on the back, here is where you can go for more background on how it came to your table. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


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