Category Archives: History

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. Looking at just the outline of the author’s personal story:  His grandparents, “dirt poor and in love,” move to Middletown in order to escape the poverty … Continue reading

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

After her father died, Helen Macdonald seemed to die a little too. A naturalist and historian, she was completing her research fellowship at a university in England when her father’s unexpected death throws her off course, overwhelmed by her fierce … Continue reading

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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

On July 20, 1910, two suspects wanted for murder, boarded the SS Montrose in Antwerp.  The ship was bound for Quebec City, Canada and   three hours into the voyage, as Captain Henry George Kendall was making his rounds, he … Continue reading

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The Black Count: Glory Revolution Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction and no where is that more thoroughly proven than in this book about the life of General Alex Dumas. Dumas was born in the Caribbean to a mulatto slave woman and a aristocratic Frenchman, … Continue reading

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Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill plunges into the Renaissance and Reformation with the same curiosity and gift for making history come alive as in the previous books in his Hinges of History series.  This one is sixth in the series, coming after the … Continue reading

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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44 by Rich Atkinson

The war in Italy was horrific. “The 608-day campaign to liberate Italy would cost 312, 000 Allied casualties, equivalent to 40 percent of Allied losses in the decisive campaign for northwest Europe at Normandy.  Among the three quarters of a … Continue reading

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The Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before And After Jesus by Thomas Cahill

On this Good Friday in 2014 it seems appropriate to consider the impact of Jesus on our history, culture and thought. Thomas Cahill in his continuing series on the Hinges of History takes up the question of Jesus and his … Continue reading

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