African Samurai chronicles the true life and times of Yasuke, an African vassal in the court of Oda Nobunaga in the late 16th-century Japan.
With Hue 1968, author Mark Bowden crafts a monumental novel about one of the seminal events in the Vietnam War. It is in turns a raw and violent account of the people on the ground, and a look at how American politics and policies in the region helped fuel such a devastating disaster as the Vietnam War ultimately became.
Stanley Parker's time in Vietnam has a beginning, but no middle, and no real end. It's like it exists in a dream state, like where suddenly you find yourself in the middle of the night. You're there, things happen, and then you wake up...
That Jackson got all these people to work together against the British in a time of great uncertainty for a new nation is probably the real miracle.
Considering current events in Europe, this is a timely read -- if you can handle lengthy Tom Clancy plotting...
It says something about our world that the political and social issues explored in the musical are still relevant.
Sometimes you get lucky. I had seen this book before at the bookstore, but I passed it up. Lately, though, I’ve been bingeing on Black Ops 3 on the old Xbox Uno, and I thought the future warfare offered up by Unbreakable might dove-tail with that game. In some ways, it does. But here’s why... Continue Reading →
“There was no stand down order!” I’ve seen that a lot regarding both the book and the subsequent movie. You know, because everyone was there. But we’ll get to that later. It’s a super-fun topic. First: the book! I’m reviewing this now because certain elections are in the rear-view mirror. The book is clearly meant... Continue Reading →
Winston Churchill, a name synonymous with World War II, cigars, and the occasional Doctor Who episode. I realized when I picked up this book that I didn't know much else about him. I've visited Westminster Abbey and seen the memorial stone (he’s buried elsewhere) and I've seen the statue in Parliament Square. But these sights... Continue Reading →
I hadn't planned on reviewing this novel, as I already reviewed the first two in this series quite favorably. But the final installment dropped in December and I thought I would check in to see if it's worth going through three long books to get to that big finale. TL;DR – Of course it is!... Continue Reading →