Sonia Purnell’s Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill is a big book (448 pages or 14 CDs) overflowing with the juicy details of life in the upper class Churchill household. Clementine the Great Purnell’s Clementine looms larger and more remarkable than the … Continue reading

FDR’s Comeback from Polio

I just finished listening to James Tobin’s The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency. Charles Constant narrated the unabridged Tantor edition. Tobin is an award-winning writer and irreverent historian. He takes us from the day … Continue reading

George Washington’s Secret Six: A Good Read But Flawed

Brian Kilmeade’s latest book, George Washington’s Secret Six, tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring. Operating between New York City and Long Island, the ring helped shorten the odds for the underdog Patriots. Without the ring, the American Revolution … Continue reading

Daddy’s Girl by Scottoline a Dud

Daddy’s Girl, Lisa Scottoline’s latest book and my sixteenth Scottoline, just doesn’t cut it. Like most Scottoline books, the main character is a gutsy female attorney — this one a law professor, a role Ms. Scottoline has recently assumed in … Continue reading

Images of Oyster Bay Available August 31

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00 OB Town Historian Documents Past of Oyster Bay Through Photographs John Hammond, Oyster Bay town historian, has written another book featuring Oyster Bay. This one, Images of Oyster Bay, is a … Continue reading

A Magnificent Catastrophe by Edward J. Larson

As the map of blue and red states filled in on election night while Obama and McCain vied for the Presidency, it was hard to believe how little the political battleground had changed since the election of 1800 when the … Continue reading

Silks by Dick Francis

Silks is the latest in a long series of books by Dick Francis that revolve around the world of — mostly British — horse racing. It is the third after the death of his wife, and the second written with … Continue reading

The Day Lincoln Was Shot

I read The Day Lincoln was Shot when it was first published in 1955. It was one of my first “adult” books, and I remember it as a good read, although a lot of it was probably over my head … Continue reading

General George Washington: A Military Life

Edward G. Lengel’s title — General George Washington: A Military Life — belies his thesis. He sees Washington as a great leader who led a military life, but wasn’t a particularly convincing military leader. The Luck of the Brave. A … Continue reading

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

Books by accomplished journalists, and second books by best-selling authors are sometimes edited more lightly than others. The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr is such a book. Harr’s second book — his first was … Continue reading