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The Mansion of Happiness

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ISBN: 9780307476456
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

Perceptive and smooth survey of evolving American attitudes about birth, life, and death during 150 years of immense scientific advancement...and how those attitudes became enmeshed with politics. As usual Lepore delivers stimulating insights and her writing sparkles. P.S.-henceforth you may not consider board games as just for kids. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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ISBN: 9780061374272
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 21st, 2013

Much more than a tell-all about an insatiably curious college drop out who outworked nearly everyone and achieved great success. It's also a chronicle of a century of tumultuous change as reported by a man with a fine sense of what was important...and the difference between right and wrong. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Into Dust and Fire

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ISBN: 9780451239341
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Published: Dutton Caliber - April 2nd, 2013

The World War II generation is fast disappearing and each day more stories are lost; except when a skilled and motivated researcher decides to ask questions. This is a beautiful, evocative, almost wistful story but with a careful realism that prevents it from becoming sappy or sentimental. One to remember. Perfect compliment to Lynne Olson's CITIZENS OF LONDON. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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ISBN: 9781439191019
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2013

Fascinating. Surprising that this is the first book of its kind. Picks up where Erik Larson leaves off (IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS)and in many ways is more stimulating because it is more comprehensive. A welcome read for both serious and casual students of Hitlerian Germany. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Weight of Vengeance

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The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195391787
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 11th, 2012

Why did it happen ? Who won? Ask a Canadian, a Brit, a Native American, or a U.S. citizen and you're likely to get four different answers to either question. By the standards of the era the war was relatively brief, overall casualties limited, and no major territorial adjustments resulted. Yet it was contested in deadly earnest and the stakes were high. This is a superb study of how and why the war occurred...a war so poorly understood if even remembered. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

America's Great Debate

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ISBN: 9781439124611
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 16th, 2013

Loaded pistols being drawn in the Senate, a governor invading a foreign country, states convening to secede, and armies on the march. Plus outrageous, and violent words from all quarters. The Civil War absolutely should have begun in 1850. A fascinating study of a memorable cast of characters narrowing avoiding least for a while. Terrific, page-turning history. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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