Biographies & Memoirs
Review: I enjoyed this book, looking back at the excesses of the gilded age. Very entertaining and well written, with a lesson to be learned for our materialistic society Read more
Review: Marilyn Johnson covers a couple of million years in a couple of hundred pages. The author's primary focus is archaeology, and hence recoverable relics from the past few thousand years, but she also covers deep time, where skulls, teeth, and stone tools are the majority of the evidence. The author's approach to any topic is always slightly off-kilter, her two previous works were about librarians and obituaries, and Johnson's third is about the people who undertake the research, those folks at t... Read more
Review: For a diehard baseball fan, this is a very interesting topic. The author talked to hundreds of baseball insiders for perspectives and stories. Overall, it's a good read and covers the topic well. There are a handful of very intriguing stories and a few that make you laugh out loud. The book suffers in a couple of ways. First, the author doesn't do a good job of telling the reader about the relevant written rules of baseball (as opposed to his topic of the unwritten rules). There were sever... Read more
Review: It doesn't get any better than this. I read "Glory of Their Times" when I was a teenager obsessed with baseball, and it cemented my love for the game and its history. I've reread it once or twice since then, and it holds up. I realize that some people think it's corny because it has such an optimistic view of life and all the anecdotes are clean and fun. This is not a down-and-dirty baseball book.
But I find it magical. First, it's the recounting of great moments in baseball from guys w... Read more
Review: I read this book because Ross Ulbricht grew up with and went to school with my daughter, in the school district in which I taught; I wanted to understand how a well-mannered, National Honor Society member, and Eagle Scout from our community could transform into a veritable "Prince of Darkness." I also wanted to understand exactly what the Silk Road was, and why Ross's involvement merited a life sentence without parole. This page-turner, which I literally could not put down, answered both of th... Read more
Review: I enjoyed reading this book. I had some of the story but it was interesting getting the author point of view Read more