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

Time Traveler 1776: A Revolutionary War Presentation for Schools, Veterans, Other Groups

My newest website is for one of our first clients, Thomas Kuehhas, who has moved to Virginia and started a new business, Time Traveler 1776. Time Traveler’s unique hands-on Revolutionary War program makes early American history come alive for school … 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

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

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

H. W. Brands’ new book, Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times, gives Jackson a full and sympathetic treatment that firmly places him in the pantheon of great Americans, but not on the same footing as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin or … Continue reading

First American Valentine

You know Oyster Bay is famous for oysters and Theodore Roosevelt. But do you know that Raynham Hall, the family seat of the Townsends, Oyster Bay’s “first family”, is also the home of the first Valentine? It seems Sarah “Sally” … Continue reading

Oyster Bay LIRR Station Now a Museum

The unveiling in October 2005 of the TR Statue in Oyster Bay overshadowed another historic event on the same day — the dedication of the 1889 Oyster Bay railroad station as a National Historic Place. The station, which Teddy Roosevelt … Continue reading