What might an adult in the 21st century say if a child asks, "Why do we have seasons?" It's a reasonable question, with rational means to explain the idea to anyone at almost any age. What might your reaction be if you heard someone tell that child, as a serious response to that question, the … Continue reading Putting Away Childish Things by Uta Ranke-Heinemann
The partnership between science and the military, the dichotomy of peace and war, is examined throughout history.
An inside look at the Trump administration from America's "chronicler in chief."
The world has had more than its fair share of high profile, controversial celebrities. Name off the first ones that come to mind. Now dig a little deeper and name some more. They were amateurs. Every last one of them lives in the shadow of Sarah Bernhardt. From obscure beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of … Continue reading Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb
My recent discovery of the Brontë sisters through their poetry made me want to discover more. Before I read their novels, however, I wanted to learn who they were that I might better appreciate their work, as is my modus operandi when dealing with most authors before my own time, and especially for those whose works … Continue reading Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower No one can ever truly be unbiased. It goes against everything that makes us human. But objectivity is a skill that can be learned and applied. It's one of the best assets in the toolbox of … Continue reading To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose
I'm on vacation, visiting family, and my Dad starts talking up a bluestreak about all things Middle Ages that he doesn't know in an effort to sound impressive. To know my father is to know that history for him begins in 1776, so it's amusing and sometimes frustrating when he tries to enlighten me about … Continue reading The Song of the Battle of Hastings (Carmen de Hastingae Proelio) by Guy of Amiens, retold and illustrated by Mike Oliver
"It's nothing personal; it's just business." How often have you heard someone say something like that to justify something questionable -- or outright immoral -- in the name of making a profit? Right now, the nation stands divided, and racism is often right at or very near the top of the maelstrom that tears us … Continue reading The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
I've been chewing my way through an audiobook of brutal proportions. I should have a review for it tomorrow. This book has reinforced a lot of my pie-in-the-sky idealistic beliefs about how we could change for the better, both as a nation (for those of you living in the United States) and as a global … Continue reading The Power of a Book
Having completed the Bard's history plays as the first leg of my No-Fear Shakespeare project, I've since stumbled across this book by author Stephen Greenblatt. Greenblatt is a name I've run across a number of times, but whom I've not read until now. Given that this book seemed to play on the intersection of my … Continue reading Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt