Reviewing Only the Ball was White

Robert Peterson’s Only the Ball was White is a must read for anyone interested in baseball and the negro leagues.

Reviewing The Death of Democracy

Benjamin Carter Hett’s The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic isn’t the first book I have read trying to explain how Hitler came to power, but it’s the best. Reading it as too many Americans pretend that Biden’s victory saved American democracy was particularly sobering.

Reviewing the Edge of Anarchy

Jack Kelly’s The Edge of Anarchy: the Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America tell the story of the Pullman strike of 1894. This is another of those books that shows exactly how little progress has been made in America over the last 127 years. Reading it in the context… Continue reading Reviewing the Edge of Anarchy

Reviewing the First Three Books in the Penn Cage Series

More than a decade ago, a good friend recommended The Quiet Game by Greg Iles. She informed me I would enjoy the history and characters in the story. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a new fiction series to begin as a break from politics. I saw The Quiet Game on a… Continue reading Reviewing the First Three Books in the Penn Cage Series

FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech in the Context of 2020

On January 6, 1941, FDR gave his Four Freedoms speech. While the speech would ultimately serve as the basis for the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, the speech’s historical context tells pieces of the story regularly not discussed.