What We See In the Stars

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As a former Earth Science Teacher and one who still goes out at night periodically to gaze at the night sky and look for constellations and meteor showers I found this book to be an excellent basic source.

The author presents the information in clear easy to understand language including an overview of the story of each of the original constellations along with the location of the brightest star in each. The illustrations are very good and point out that ancient star gazers had to have had vivid imaginations.

I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a basic refresher or for someone just starting out to comptemplate the night time sky.

I received a free of What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid courtesy of  Blogging for Books and Ten Speed Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Blogging for Books, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

 

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American Cicero

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I received a free Kindle copy of American Cicero by Saladin Ambar courtesy of Net Galley and Oxford University Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have an interest in New York history as a native of the state and in Mario Cuomo in particular. This is the first book by Saladin Ambar that I have read.

This book is well researched and written. The author’s style is engaging which makes this book a fairly quick read. Ambar divides Cuomo’s career into four parts starting with his ascension to the governorship, his passing up two opportunities to run for President and his defeat in attempting a fourth term as Governor of New York. It is insightful and deals with some of the myths as to why Cuomo never ran for President to his strong belief in the ability of government to help those less fortunate overcome obstacles to success.

I recomend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of New York and in particular the time period in which Mario Cuomo was governor of the state.

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The Modoc War

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Modoc War: A Story of Fenocide at the Dawn of America’s Guilded Age by Robert Aquinas McNally courtesy of Net Galley and University of Nebraska Press , the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have an interest in Native American history and I currently live in Oregon where a good deal of this book took place. This is the first book by Robert Aquinas McNally that I have read.

This is a well researched and interesting read. It depics the conflict between the Modocs and the federal and state government. They lived in southern Oregon and northern California and like numerous tribes occupied land that white settlers wanted. They were a small band of Indians that were continually harrased until they surrendered. While the sub title of the books indicates that this is a rant about Indians being all good and whites are all evil, the author does a good job of balancing the reality of the times.

I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in native american history.

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Blood Brothers

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I received a free Kindle copy of Blood Brothers by Deanne Stillman courtesy of Net Galley and Simon & Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read a previous biography of Sitting Bull, but nothing about William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and I have an interest in the history of the American Wewst. It is the first book by Deanne Stillman that I have read.

This book is well researched and well written. It covers the brief time period covering the relationship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody, although Annie Oakley also plays a major role in the book. The author starts with alternating chapters on each of the two main characters laying the groundwork for later chapters detailing their relationship.

I found this book to be engaging and a fairly quick read. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the history of the American West or an interest in learning more about the relationship between two of the main characters in the late 1800’s.

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The Three Lives of James Madison

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman courtesy of Net Galley and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies on American Presidents which included Madison as a participant, but I have not read one devoted to James Madison. It is the first book by Noah Feldman that I have read.

This book is well researched and well written. The title is accurate in that besides displaying Madison as a genius, partisan and President it also breaks into three parts. The first part covers his birth up to the ratification of the Constitution. The second part of the book covers his participation in the Continental Congress and his influence as Secretary of State. The final part is devoted to his presidency and his role afterwards.

In many mentions of Madison he is unfortunately only remembered as the President who was in office when the White House was burned down and the many items that were rescued by his wife Dolley. The biography also clearly displays the influence that Mdison had on the other founding fathers and clearly outlines his role in the early development of our country.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Presidental biographies and in learning more about one of our founding fathers.

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Hank and Jim

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I received a free Kindle copy of Hank and Jim by Scott Eyman courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have been a fan of both Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart movies.  I have not read any biographies on either of them. It is the first book by  Scott Eyman that I have read.

This is an interesting and engaging book. The author’s writing style makes it read more like a novel than a dull biography. Eyman does an excellent job of weaving back and forth between Fonda and Stewart outlining how two very opposite individuals forge a life long friendship. They differed in political leanings, family life and acting style/methods They both served in World War II in different theaters with different approaches. Yet, they were there for each other when it counted.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in learning more about Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart along with deep friendship that they shared.

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Rogue Heroes

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Ben MacIntyre does a masterful job of writing an engaging and interesting history of the SAS and the role that it played in helping the Allies to win World War II. The book focuses on a number of characters involved with the SAS, but revolves around David Stirling. Stirling is a rather unique and unusal individual when it comes to military leaders, but he was extremely successful with his unorthodox approach with the SAS.

The books covers their establishment in England and then the role that they played in North Africa. It moves on to the invasion of Italy and the conquest of the rest of mainland Europe.

The book is well researched and well worth the read. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in World War II and in particular about the SAS and the role they played.

I chose this book as the subject of the book sounded interesting.  I have not read any other books on this subject. It is the first book by the Ben MacIntyre that I have read.

I received a free  copy of Rogue Heroes by Ben McIntyre courtesy of Net Galley and Broadway Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

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