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November 20, 2018

Literature

The most influential books in history

What do you consider the most influential books in history?  As simple as that question may sound, it can be a rather controversial one. Are you interested in the sciences, the humanities, or a mixture of both? Personally, good philosophic or historical reads trump any other – although I do enjoy the occasional science fiction novel

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Book Review: Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

Chocolate Islands is a historiographical work with a unique style of writing that focuses specifically on the letters exchanged between Joseph Burtt, who was sent to Africa to investigate living and working conditions, and William Cadbury, an English businessman and industrial mogul who ran the helm of one of the world’s largest chocolate firms. Chocolate Islands

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Book Review: Ulysses S. Grant – The Unlikely Hero

Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero was written by Michael Korda, a man mostly known for his editing skills, who was born in London, United Kingdom in 1933. Korda comes from a family lineage that absolutely cares for the arts, whether it be art in its literal sense or through film and writing. His father,

1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History

Book Review: 1864, Lincoln at the Gates of History

1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History is a work that covers what one may consider as one of the most decisive years of Lincoln’s presidential terms. Charles Bracelen Flood wrote the book, and publishing began in 2009. On November 4, 1929, Charles Flood was born in New York. He graduated from Harvard in 1952

Book Review: Making a New Deal by Lizabeth Cohen

History in general is stained with tales of greatness…tales that that play off the harsh climate of sociopolitical and economic turmoil and celebrate the ingenuity or ‘progress’ made in a world that lacked connections to modern society. It is within Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago 1919-1939 that Cohen tackles the myth of

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Book Review: Duel Between the First Ironclads

William C. Davis, author of Duel Between the First Ironclads, is a well-respected American historian who spent time as a Professor of History at Virginia Tech from 2000 – 2013; and he has spent most of his career doing research on the American South. He has written around forty books focused on southern U.S. history around

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C.S. Lewis and The First World War

I’ll be the first to admit that C.S. Lewis is beyond my personal expertise. Although I’ve found myself to be in love with the “classics” and have a vast collection of vintage and antique books within my study, I haven’t ever really looked deep into the works of Narnia nor have I paid too much

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