Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses by R. Gary Patterson

I think Robert Johnson is haunting me.  At the very least, he's keen to look in on me from time to time.  Perhaps it's his way of saying "thank you" for playing his music.  It wasn't that long ago that I listened to an audiobook on his life, death, and afterlife.  From there, I started … Continue reading Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses by R. Gary Patterson

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

It would be difficult to argue against the idea that when it comes to the modern world, Dan Rather has had an up close and personal look at whichever topic you want to discuss, from virtually every angle you can discuss it.  Politics, war, peace, natural disaster, social and environmental engineering... he's seen it all, … Continue reading What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger

Because seemingly every nonfiction book these days needs a title that just rolls off the tongue, the full title of this book is The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.  So as you can probably tell, there's some bias in play here.  And that's perfectly fine; sometimes understanding where the bias … Continue reading The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones

This review will probably come as a surprise to absolutely no one.  As a medievalist and someone with a particular interest in knights and chivalry, the Knights Templar feature prominently in my studies.  I have also been impressed by Dan Jones' previous works The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses, the latter of which managed … Continue reading The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones

The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev

1499.  Clad in battle armor over her noble finery, a woman looks down from the ramparts of the fortress at Forli.  Her surrender is demanded in exchange for the life of her son, a prisoner of the enemy army.  In an act of legendary defiance, she hikes up her skirts, grabs herself, and announces that … Continue reading The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev