Robin V. - Reviews

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The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition
Review Date: 1/30/2018


This is a classic by one of America's greatest warriors. It has never been out of print since it was first published in 1885. While there are glaring omissions of embarrassing details of Grant's personal life and alcoholism, it is a riveting read about the battles he fought to win the Civil War and preserve the union.

I read it before reading Ron Chernow's Grant, which fills in details of his entire life and presidency. The revisionist Southern racists have rewritten his legacy to belittle his attempts to enforce full citizenship for persons of color and their allies.


Sinatra an Unauthorized Biography
Sinatra an Unauthorized Biography
Author: Earl Wilson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/7/2013
Helpful Score: 1


A pretty fair summary of the complex and capricious Frank Sinatra by columnist Earl Wilson, whose acquaintance with Sinatra spanned decades. Sinatra's huge talent, fatal charm with ladies, and legendary generosity contrast with Sinatra the uneducated Jersey boy driven to succeed in show business, at war with the press, who could be vulgar, crude and even violent. A fascinating peek behind the cool debonair image of one of the greatest song stylists of all time.


Storm over the Land (Konecky & Konecky Civil War library)
Storm over the Land (Konecky & Konecky Civil War library)
Author: Carl Sandburg
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/10/2013


Poetic evocation of the turbulent time and passions of the Civil War. This is history as only Carl Sandburg, son of Illinois and prairie poet, could tell it. I loved every minute and was sorry to see it end, so I started his massive biography of Lincoln. My only complaint is that as Sandburg sketches so many of the characters in the war, you're often not sure if he's describing a Union man or a rebel. A small price to pay for poetry in motion, bloody, gunpowder stained motion.


Truman
Truman
Author: David McCullough
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/12/2015
Helpful Score: 1


I love biography and I love David McCullough's writing. This is a massive, thoroughly researched biography of Harry S. Truman, who is probably one of our best, and most under-rated, presidents. truman is a fascinating man with a long and interesting life that makes for a good yarn. Includes plenty of photographs.


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