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When the Dancing Stopped

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When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake By Brian Hicks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743280099
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Published: Free Press - May 19th, 2008

On September 8, 1934, only hours after the sudden death of her captain, a fire broke out in the Writing Room of the cruise liner, Morro Castle. Half an hour later, the ship was an inferno. Many people were faced with the agonizing choice of burning to death or jumping into the storm-tossed Atlantic Ocean. The Morro Castlefire was one of the most mysterious of the major disasters at sea in history and the questions, which began as the burned out hulk of the once great liner lay smoldering on the beach at Asbury Park, New Jersey, have continued down to this day. This is a carefully researched examination of a tragedy that Mr. Hicks makes a convincing argument was, in actuality, a cold-planned, fiendishly executed mass murder. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

All the King's Men

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All The King's Men By Robert Penn Warren, Noel Polk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156012959
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2002

One of the best novels ever written about American politics and, like all great books, it is as timely today as it was when it was first published. Warren creates an unforgettable character in Willie Stark, who rises from local nonentity to political kingpin in his southern state, managing to loose his soul along the way. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the basis for Robert Rossen's Oscar-winning 1949 film adaptation. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson - Book Review

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Thunderstruck By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400080670
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Published: Crown - September 25th, 2007

A worthy follow-up to his bestseller The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen's Thunderstruck is actually two true stories that the author alternates from chapter to chapter and then ties together at the conclusion. One deals with Guglielmo Marconi's struggle to establish the first long range wireless communication system. The other story is about Hawley Harvey Crippen, a mild-mannered British gentleman, well-liked by everyone, whose disagreeable wife suddenly disappears. His wife's friends suspect that she met with foul play. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

A Death in Belmont

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A Death in Belmont By Sebastian Junger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060742690
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2007

The author of the best selling A Perfect Storm skillfully recreates the atmosphere of terror in Boston during a series of sex murders that left at least 13 women dead. The author, like many others today, has serious doubts as to whether the real killer (or killers) was ever apprehended. The specter of the Boston Strangler was a personal one for Junger because his mother was a hair's breath from being a victim. A fascinating read and a compelling argument for following your gut instincts. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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