TheAccidental President

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I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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 about the Presidents of the United States including Harry Truman.  This is the first book by A. J. Baime that I have read.

This was an interesting read from the perspective that it focused on the first four months that Truman served as President following the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It does provide some background on Truman that helps in providing some depth to the man if you have not read any of the other numerous biographies on him. I would also suggest that the publisher have an editor who has an understanding of history work with the author, who is not a historian, as there were some glaring historical mistakes.

The book itself is a quick read and does provide some insight into Truman’s first four months in office, but with not as much detail as I would have liked. In addition, the author appears to be a huge fan of Truman which causes him to gloss over any rough spots in his character.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick read on a specific part of Truman’s presdidency.

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The Future of Humanity

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, 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 always had an interest in space and science and where we may go in the future.  This is the first book by Michio Kaku that I have read.

The subtitle of this book “Terraforming, Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” is a good description of the contents of the book. The author starts out describing what will eventually happen to the Earth using other solar systems as examples. He then launches into a number of topics dealing with the subject.

The author’s writing style is engaging making this an enjoyable read. While the author does project his thoughts on the subject, he also uses the thoughts and theories of several others. Some of his time frames for events are well documented while others are somewhat more nebulous.

I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in ways that humanity can survive in the long-term (millions and billions of years). You will not be disappointed.

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Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898-1919

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I received a free Kindle copy of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898-1919 by Mike Wallace 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 am a native New Yorker (upstate) and have read snippets about the history of New York City through other books that have touched on the subject (fiction and nonfiction). This is the first book by Mike Wallace that I have read.

This is a well written, well researched and exhaustive history of New York City covering the time period 1898 to 1919. Early on in the book the author details how the five boroughs combined to form the City. He also spends a great deal of time on lists of people, places and exact locations. I found myself skimming over these for the meatier parts of the book.

While I found the book to be very enjoyable, the sheer size of it may prove daunting to others, although it makes a very good reference book for the time period covered.

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The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

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I received a free Kindle copy of  The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Shuster, 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 am a an avid reader of American History and have not read anything that deals specifically with the Cold War. This is the first book by Benn Steil that I have read (Almost Perfect).

This is a well written an thoroughly researhed book. The author’s writing style makes it an enjoyable read and holds the readers attention. The book covers the development and implentation of the Marshall Plan following World War II. It covers all of the more well known topics, the creation of East and West Germany and the Berlin Airlift, along with many of the behind the scenes events that led to the successful implementation of the plan. Steil does a very good job of explaining the characteristics of the main players on both sides amd the interactions between them. In the end, it all came down to differing philosophies on how best to develop the economy.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in United States history and in the development of the Marshall Plan and the onset of the Cold War.

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The Immaclate Inning

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I received a free Kindle copy of  The Immacualte Inning by Joe Cox courtesy of Net Galley and Roman and Littlefield, 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 am a fan of the game and the subject matter sounded interesting. This is the second book by Joe Cox that I have read (Almost Perfect).

This is a book for the hardcore baseball fan who is interested in those who have accomplished the game’s rarest treats. It is well written and is a fairly quick read. The book covers those who accomplished significant feats while only briefly appearing in the major leagues as well as more famous players. As an example, many fans will remember that Ken Griffrey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners and Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees homered in eight consecutive games, but few remember that Dale Long of the Pittsburg Pirates was the first to do it.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of baseball and is looking for an interesting read.

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Building the Great Society

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I received a free Kindle copy of  Building the Great Society by Joshua Zeitz courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Viking 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 thave read a great deal about the Presidents of the United States. This is the second book by Joshua Zeitz that I have read (Lincoln’s Boys).

This book is well written and an easy read. It covers LBJ’s ascension to the Presidency, the development and implementation of “The Great Society” and its various programs (Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Medicare, Child Nutrition Programs, expansion of food stamps, etc.) and the downfall of his Presidency due to decisions revolving around the Vietnam War. It also covers his staff responsible for various parts of his goals – Bill Moyer, George Reedy, Joseph Califano and others.

The book is more enjoyable and interesting if you have not read a great deal about the Johnson Presidency. Other works provide greater depth and insights (Robert Caro’s series comes to mind), but still is a good refresher of all of the good things that happened during his terms which are often overlooked due to Vietnam.

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1947: Where Now Begins

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I received a free Kindle copy of 1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Asbrink 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 the subject of the book sounded interesting and I have read a great deal around this time period. This is the first book by Elisabeth Asbrink that I have read.

This book was a major disappointment for me. This due to the author’s writing style of mixing facts in with side interludes that can be classed as fiction rather than nonfiction. The book is organized in a logical fashion in that it goes from month to month during 1947, but the author bounces around subjects, starting with something in a month, moving to several other subjects and then jolting back to the original subject.

This book may resonate with certain readers, but if you are a hard core nonfiction history reader I would recommend avoiding this book.

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