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Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee By Peter Richmond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312426613
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Published: Picador - April 17th, 2007

Well-researched biography of one of the most influential women in the history of American music. Despite his obvious admiration for his subject, Richmond rarely pulls his punches in recounting the many personal and professional trials, tragedies, and triumphs of Norma Deloris Eggstrom, the sad little girl from North Dakota who evolved into Miss Peggy Lee, one of the most celebrated entertainers in the world. During the course of the seven decades that comprised her remarkable career, we are privileged to meet most of the great figures in both jazz and contemporary music. With very few exceptions, they all were in awe of Peggy Lee. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Jack The Ripper

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Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History By Paul Begg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781405807128
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Published: Routledge - November 2nd, 2004

By far, the most comprehensive, literate and least-hysterical account of the reign of the most infamous serial killer in history. Mr. Begg doesn't make any grand revelations, but neither does he make any careless statements. Jack the Ripper is almost completely shrouded in legend and it is very easy to develop serious misconceptions about him. Begg is so admirably cautious about adding to the mountains of false information about the Ripper that he is doesn't even commit to the number of women who were killed. The author paints a vivid picture of the hell-on-earth that was the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Grisly reading. You may find out a lot more about the female anatomy than you care to. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

March by Geraldine Brooks - Book Review

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March: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143036661
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2006

Intriguing chronicle of the Civil War experiences of a little remarked upon figure in American literature - the father of the March sisters - better known as Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women". War's profound effect on human relationships is as topical today as it was in the 1860s. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

American Brutus

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American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies By Michael W. Kauffman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375759741
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 18th, 2005

Throughout the course of American history, no man has ever been as relentlessly demonized as John Wilkes Booth. It is, perhaps, a disgrace both rightfully earned and applied. Booth coldbloodedly murdered the man who guided America through its most difficult years, a period when its very life hung in the balance. Without Abraham Lincoln and his unwavering dedication to the principles that this country was founded upon, it is quite possible that there would not be a United States of America today. The picture that I have held in my mind of Booth was one-dimensional at best. We are all told in our history classes that he was the blackest sort of villain. It is possible to define a figure from history with one terrible, misguided act, but Lincoln's murder was not the sum total of Booth's existence. In many of the key points, both of his life and of the assassination, I was absolutely wrong. Michael W. Kauffman spent 25 years researching a meticulous examination of the life of John Wilkes Booth. American Brutus is an absorbing work and to say that it often reads like a work of finely-tuned fiction is hardly doing it justice. The book is so rich in substance and detail that my first impulse when I finished it was to immediately begin reading it again. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Killer Angels

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The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War By Michael Shaara Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345348104
Published: Ballantine Books - August 12th, 1987

Pulitzer prize-winning novel about four sweltering days during which a battle, centered around a sleepy village in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg, determined not only the outcome of the Civil War, but the future of the nation. A book that is worthy of its epic subject. My favorite novel and one that I have read over and over. Horrific, heroic and totally unforgettable. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Deep Descent

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Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria By Kevin F. McMurray Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743400633
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Published: Atria Books - July 9th, 2002

In July of 1956, the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish motorship Stockholm in a dense fog ten miles off the coast of Nantucket. Although the rescue of the ship's passengers and crew was accomplished by many nearby vessels, including the Ile de France, the Doria sank ten hours later in 250 feet of water. She has since come to be known as "the Mount Everest of shipwrecks." Kevin McMurray has written a meticulous and fascinating history of the expeditions by highly skilled divers who literally risk death to visit the dangerous, rapidly deteriorating wreck. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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