Browsing the blog archives for May, 2007

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 [...]


Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45, Barbara W. Tuchman

The dis-oriented author’s daughter is a reader. This Christmas she gave me one of the nicest gifts I have ever received. She gave me Barbara Tuchman’s excellent, Pulitzer Prize winning, Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45. I had already read Tuchman’s Guns of August, also a Pulitzer winner. I think my daughter may [...]