How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien

I classify this audiobook as both history and historical fiction.  I also classify it as both humor and horror.  And it's one of the best reads I've had so far this year. According to the introduction, the author Daniel O'Brien was told by a college professor that no one in his class would ever be … Continue reading How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien

Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

From its beginning, and before there was such a thing as horror films, the live performances of the Grand Guignol inspired everything we know about that genre.  Over 50 years after its final performance, it continues to inspire for much the same reasons.  The theater was built inside the remnants of a gutted convent and chapel, … Continue reading Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

I'm on record as saying that if I were to be a knight in service, to bend the knee to anyone in history, it would be to Eleanor of Aquitaine, "by the wrath of God, Quene of England."  As a Medieval queen, and especially as one of significant personal power, she's known to have done … Continue reading Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

I acquired this book after listening to a podcast, an interview with author Timothy Snyder on Sam Harris' Waking Up podcast.  Usually I listen to this podcast as a means raise my own game.  It makes me aware of how much I don't know, it affords me the opportunity to chew on new ideas about … Continue reading On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder