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Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781335936639
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 7th, 2019

This is one of those irreverent and scary books that leaves me laughing and crying. Laughing at the total absurdness of humanity's own stew of misdeeds and just plain stupidity and crying for the same reason. It does make you think that, for all of our hubris and control issues or lack thereof, why are we still here? Phillips, as he proudly states, finally uses his degrees from Cambridge with his acute razor sharp wit in talking about everything from Lucy (the Australopithecus not the song) to the introduction of invasive species like starlings and rabbits. Riotous, ridiculous, and sobering all at once. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501109829
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 9th, 2019

Eight American presidents died in office. When their vice presidents took over, the country's course swerved and veered. Some accidental presidents brought relatively modest changes, while others, including Theodore Roosevelt. Andrew Johnson, and Lyndon Baines Johnson, indelibly altered American history, for better, or worse. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In by Henry Eliot - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984824448
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Published: Crown - March 5th, 2019

This marvelous book is about Labyrinths; one of the most ancient designs of humans & in Nature; found everywhere and in every culture, in Human design itself. Eliot follows History through myth, legend, lore & philosophy exploring in a creative and prosaic way. This book came into my hands by way of a customer and I could not put it down. Thank you Ariadne! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225299
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Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

An amazing tale of the overlooked WWII heroine Virginia Hall, a young American in the service of the British SOE and later the American OSS under Wild Bill Donovan. Hall, at a time when women weren’t allowed on front line combat, almost single-handedly pioneered secret warfare deep in Nazi territory; recruiting spies, directing guerilla warfare and equipping the French Resistance. A marvelous, illuminating look at one facet of newly developing covert warfare and of the woman with a wooden leg, the “Madonna of the Mountains” who never gave up, even after betrayal and a harrowing escape over the Pyrenees. Mesmerizing! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board by Vince Houghton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525505174
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

An incredibly fun look at half-baked, abandoned, top secret, and off-the-wall ideas that have come to pass through the military and intelligence arms of the US and others. From using a cat as a listening device, to literally nuking the moon as a show of force, these stories are enough to make you question the "intelligence" part of our spy agencies. Quick, breezy reading, perfect for digesting a chapter or two at a time. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393609455
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

Squalid San Francisco, still a wild west town in the early 1900s, was ill-prepared to face a deadly threat: the Bubonic Plague. Politicians, the press, and much of the public stigmatized the Chinese victims, while denying the plague's presence, leaving a small band of doctors the last line of defense against rampant death. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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