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Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America by Fergus M. Bordewich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451494443
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

Revealing analysis on the agents of emancipation during the Civil War. Bordewich persuasively argues that the Radical Republicans in Congress, especially Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens and Ohio Senator Ben Wade, took the lead on the abolition of slavery, while Abraham Lincoln eventually, and eloquently, embraced the cause. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643130781
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 6th, 2019

Extraordinary is an understatement both of the woman and the book. This is a different view of a person who is mostly known as Nero's mother, but who wielded true power in patriarchal Rome. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy by Thomas Penn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451694178
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 16th, 2020

This is a brilliantly written biography and psychological study of the events of the Wars of Roses that wrought the volatile & charismatic brothers; Edward IV, George Duke of Clarence and Richard III.The Yorks created what could have been glorious dynasty but became one of the most horrific periods of regicide & fratricide It also inspired the courts of chivalry and artists such as Mallory (Le Mort d'Arthur) and Shakespeare. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism by Susan Berfield - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635572490
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 5th, 2020

Imagine a president attacking corporations, trusts, and moneyed interests. That's exactly how Theodore Roosevelt is portrayed in Berfield's revealing account. Roosevelt did not hate or envy J.P. Morgan and other millionaires; he only wanted to rein in their immense power, and provide a "square deal" for every American.. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A. Price - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400031726
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Published: Vintage - January 4th, 2005

Practical, resilient, realistic, shrewd: John Smith emerges as an early American hero, responsible for assuring the survival of Jamestown in a violent and unpredictable environment. Yet his survival depended, twice, on an equally brave native girl named Pocahontas. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Achorn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802148742
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2020

Lincoln's contradictions, compassion, and complexity color this vivid account of his Second Inaugural and the end of the Civil War. The celebratory, yet tense, atmosphere of Washington D.C. is evoked through descriptions of its muddy streets, galas, and throngs of citizens, including luminaries Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, and future assassin John Wilkes Booth. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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