Tag : Recommended Reading

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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 …
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 …
The city of Buffalo is rarely the backdrop for any book, fiction and non-fiction alike, yet in John Smolens’ The Anarchist: A Novel published in 2009, it indeed becomes center-stage in this historical-fiction depiction of what could be described as America’s first 9/11 period.  The turn of the 20th century is described as an era in …
An exceptional read within the historical-fiction genre is Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses Trinity . Iggulden is best known for his series on Genghis Khan, but this is also an exceptional book. The book is actually part of a series, but as I discovered, can certainly be read without further reference- one of the …
Station Eleven: A novel  by Emily St. John Mandel, is an award-nominated, Chapters Indigo Picks, Amazon well reviewed, pre- and post-apocalyptic book of science fiction. The story interweaves the lives of various characters, (Arthur Leander, Jeeven Chaudhary and Kristen Raymonde feature among these characters) darting between changing time periods, connecting them in an artful way …
The Word-Loss Diet A Recommend The Word-Loss Diet by Rayne Hall is a good book to read if you are a more advanced writer. One of the problems many new and self-published authors have is working with words.  This is not a long book, with only 71 pages, but the information is valuable. This book …
Contrary to popular opinion Canadian history is not dull. Case in point: Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer. This award-winning, non-fiction book is an exhaustively researched, yet highly readable account of Canada’s earliest years, as recounted through the valorous and indefatigable exploits of its father, Samuel de Champlain.  It has the charm of a writer …
If you are a devotee of the historical-fiction genre then you would find no better example than Jeff Shaara’s Two Novels of the Revolutionary War. For those among you unacquainted with this author, he specializes in American war history. This particular two-novel series begins in the antebellum period of the early 1770’s as the colonial …
I think I will continue my pattern for posts this month and discuss another one of my favourite non-fiction authors but in a completely different genre: memoirs. Frank McCourt wrote his book Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir about his experience growing up and living in Ireland in the 1930s to 40s. The conditions were terrible, the …
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