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In Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, a New York Times bestseller published in 1999, the topic is no less daunting then the evolution of civilizations from the earliest pre-recorded times to the present. The premise is that due to the geographical nature of different parts of our mother planet, certain civilizations …
It’s not quite Lawrence of Arabia, but this is a good read. If you’ve ever seen the classic film Lawrence of Arabia and wanted to know the complete, unvarnished story then you must read Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson.  This was published in …
There are three books I have read and enjoyed immensely, that share the theme of survival. These are: In the kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides; Into the Silence, by Wade Davis; and Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. In all three cases the protagonists are made to face the extremes of their environments and must rely …
With Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin proves herself the mistress in the realm of history. Doris Kearns Goodwin has recently written two books on the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln  Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which was made into a movie by  Steven Spielberg and Theodore Roosevelt – Bully Pulpit, published …
The book, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIAis Tim Weiner’s new classic standard on the history of the CIA, published in hardcover in 2007 and is 702 pages long. Weiner diligently covers every aspect and main character in this complete history, including recently released documentary information. The book will most probably make you both …
If you haven’t read either of Margaret Macmillan’s epic works on World War I, The War That Ended Peace and Paris 1919, published in 2014 and 2003 respectively, then you are missing out on the new industry standards on the topic. More specifically, the author deals with the recent history leading up to war and …
Two history books I highly recommend by the author Daniel Yergin, are The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The books were written some twenty years apart, but should be read as a series. The Prize: The Epic Quest for …
What I found to be a really good read of fiction is Sophie’s World,  a novel by Jostein Gaarder. It was written in 1991 and translated from its original Norwegian.  The paperback was published in 2007, and a hardcover edition in 2010. The story combines a mystery with lessons on philosophy. The protagonists are a …
Blogging, or being a blogger is a part of being a modern-day writer.  There is nothing wrong with what a writer has to say, but there is something wrong when you publish a post and people misunderstand what you are trying to convey. As writers, we love to think we’re great communicators, unfortunately this isn’t …
Living a Life of Writing just took on a whole new meaning- it takes courage to build, and even more courage to seek a major improvement on something that works well.  The past two years have been a wild ride for me as well- both as a writer and as a person.  A writing mentor …
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