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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 , Marcus Luttrell

The dis-oriented author has two sons on active duty in the United States military. I read a great deal of history and military history. So when I heard Marcus Luttrell being interviewed on the radio — I knew I had to buy his book. Luttrell is a US Navy Seal, his book Lone Survivor is [...]


Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, Gordon S. Wood

The dis-oriented author is a student of history. I have, through my recent reading, been exploring the pantheon of the founding fathers. Gordon S. Woods’ Revolutionary Characters is a book made up of essays about eight of these extraordinary men. I have read biographies of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin,  Hamilton and Burr. The eighth [...]


The Few, The American “Knights of the Air” Who Risked Everything To Fight In The Battle of Britain, Alex Kershaw

The dis-oriented author has been reading a lot of World War II books. I knew that there were Americans in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, but I didn’t know anything about them. Alex Kershaw’s The Few, is the story of the American pilots who joined the Royal Air Force in the simmer of [...]


Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer

The dis-oriented author is a history buff. I of course knew many of the lines from Henry Wordswoth Longfellow’s famous poem. David Hacket Fischer’s Paul Revere’s Ride transformed my image for Paul Revere from a 2-dimensional caricature to a 3-dimensional figure who played an important role in the founding of our nation. This is one [...]


Fallen Founder — The Life of Aaron Burr, Nancy Isenberg

The dis-oriented author is a history buff. I have been slowly working my way through the pantheon of the Founding Fathers. I have read biographies of George Washington, Jon Adams, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Aaron Burr shows up in most of as a character in most of them [...]

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Halsey’s Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue, Robert Drury and Tom Clavin

The dis-oriented author has been through a Pacific Typhoon. Of course I weathered the typhoon in a building made of concrete block with metal shutters. So I was naturally curious when I saw Bob Drury and Tom Clavin’s  Halsey’s Typhoon, in the bookstore. The story takes place after the Battle of Leyte Gulf. I had [...]


The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History, Elaine Shannon and Ann Blackman

The dis-oriented author has always been interested in national security issues. I remember distinctly when FBI agent Robert Hanssen was exposed as a spy. So when I saw Shannon and Blackman’s The Spy Next Door on the library’s new book shelf, I knew I had to check it out. To me, Hanssen  doesn’t seem to [...]


The First World War, John Keegan

The dis-oriented author has done a great deal of reading about World War II. I know that in order to really understand World War II one must understand World War I and its aftermath. Therefore when I found a copy of John Keegan’s The First World War, in a used bookstore — I bought it. [...]


Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, Mark Puls

The dis-oriented author is a history buff. As I have been reading about the founding fathers one of the characters that has remained a mystery to me is Samuel Adams. Thus when I saw Puls’ Samuel Adams, I knew I had to read it. All I knew about Samuel Adams was that he was a [...]

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Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King, Antonia Fraser

The dis-oriented is a Francophile. I love all things French. I speak the language passably and my wife and I travel to France about every other year. I had already read Antonia Fraser’s sympathetic Marie Antoinette biography (Marie Antoinette: The Journey) so when she came out with Love and Louis XIV — I had to [...]