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Why I Just Read The Entire Bible Again

Various versions of the Bible (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) For what I believe to be my 18th time, I recently (in July) read the entire Bible. This time it required 15 days, which I think is a record for me. The more familiar a book is, the easier it is to read,[…]

Favorite Book Of All Time?

Every evening, I read in a book before falling asleep, a habit I developed in my early teens. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) Leave it to me to make this impossibly complicated… Someone tweeted “What is your favorite book of all time?” Several people responded, each with the name of a book and[…]

Book Review: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers (Holmes, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, History, Religion
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Published on: 2015.03.07

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers Author: David L. Holmes Year: 2006 Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-530092-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Author David L. Holmes examines what is known about the religious beliefs of some of the[…]

Book Review: Ministry Of Disturbance (Piper, 2007)

Ministry Of Disturbance by H. Beam Piper (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Ministry Of Disturbance And Other SF Author: H. Beam Piper Year: 2007 (trade paperback) Publisher: Ægypan Press ISBN 978-1603121927 View it on Amazon Author’s Wikipedia page ◊ Summary This book is a collection of five stories, only one of[…]

Book Review: Undaunted Courage (1996)

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Year: 1996 (mine was 2005 trade paperback) Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-0-684-81107-9 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it[…]

Book Review: Tomorrow, The Stars (Anthology, Heinlein, 1952)

The 1967 Berkley edition (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Tomorrow, The Stars: a science fiction anthology Author: multiple (edited by Robert A. Heinlein) Year: 1952 (mine was 1967 paperback) Publisher: Doubleday, Berkley Medallion Books ISBN 425-04304-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page[…]

Book Review: The God Delusion (Dawkins, 2006)

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Published on: 2014.12.10

The God Delusion, trade paperback (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The God Delusion Author: Richard Dawkins Year: 2006 (mine was 2008 paperback) Publisher: Mariner Books ISBN 0-618-91824-8 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Dedicated to British humorist and science fiction[…]

Book Review: Edward VIII (Donaldson, 1974)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Edward VIII: A Biography of the Duke of Windsor Author: Frances Donaldson Year: 1974 Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company ISBN 0-397-00765-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Frances Donaldson ◊ Summary Edward VIII is an award-winning biography[…]

Book Review: Richard Nixon (Brodie, 1981)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Richard Nixon: The Shaping Of His Character Author: Fawn McKay Brodie Year: 1981 Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company ISBN 0-393-01467-3 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Fawn M. Brodie ◊ Summary One thing that strikes me[…]

Book Review: Isaac Newton (White, 1997)

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Published on: 2014.06.14

Full Title: Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer Author: Michael White Year: 1997 Publisher: Perseus Books ISBN 0-201-48301-7 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Michael White ◊ Summary Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer is a complete biography of the famed name of science lore, including his religious leanings (Arianism) and[…]

Book Review: The American Presidents (Whitney, 2012)

Full Title: The American Presidents: Biographies of the Chief Executives, from George Washington through Barack Obama Author: David C. Whitney (revised and updated by Robin Vaughn Whitney) Year: 1967, various updates through 2009 Publisher: several (mine was Reader’s Digest Association) ISBN 978-1-60652-462-6 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books I found this book[…]

Book Review: The Key To Rebecca (Follett, 1980)

Full Title: The Key To Rebecca Author: Ken Follett Year: 1980 Publisher: several (mine was Penguin Books) ISBN 978-0-451-20779-1 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books First, it should be clear that I didn’t buy/read this book because I have a daughter named Rebecca. I first heard of this book a few years[…]

Book Review: Lost To The West (Brownworth, 2009)

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Published on: 2014.02.23

Full Title: Lost To The West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization Author: Lars Brownworth Year: 2009 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-40795-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Lars Brownworth

Book Review: Broke, USA (Rivlin, 2010)

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Published on: 2014.01.21

Full Title: Broke, USA: from pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.: how the working poor became big business Author: Gary Rivlin Year: 2010 Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN 978-0-06-173321-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Chang, 2010)

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Published on: 2013.12.18

Title: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Author: Ha-Joon Chang Year: 2010 Publisher: Bloomsbury Press ISBN 9781608193387 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article on Ha-Joon Chang Author Ha-Joon Chang (ranked as one of the world’s Top Thinkers by Prospect Magazine), perhaps more well known for his 2002 book[…]

Book Review: The Audacity Of Hope (Barack Obama, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, Politics
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Published on: 2013.11.13

Title: The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream Author: Barack Obama Year: 2006 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-23769-9 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article Before this, I think I’ve only read two other books by Presidents of the United States, one by John F. Kennedy (Profiles in[…]

Book Review: Charlemagne (Derek Wilson, 2006)

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Published on: 2013.09.26

Title: Charlemagne Author: Derek Wilson Year: 2006 Publisher: Doubleday ISBN 0-385-51670-3 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article on Charlemagne Indirectly, it was because of the board game Trivial Pursuit that I checked out this book from the local library. Remember my post about the incorrect answer? That got me to[…]

Book Review: Killeen, Tale of Two Cities (1984)

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Published on: 2013.07.18

Killeen native Gra’Delle Duncan put together “Killeen: Tale of Two Cities” in the early 1980s as part of Killeen’s centennial celebration, in conjunction with the Killeen Daily Herald’s 100-year special edition. The book does a decent job of chronicling the town’s two separate identities, first as a farming and ranching trade center from 1882 through[…]

Book Review: Lone Star (1968, 2000)

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Published on: 2013.07.09

Title: Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans (Updated Edition) Subtitle: From Prehistory to the Present, the People, Politics, and Events That Have Shaped Texas Author: T.R. Fehrenbach Year: 1968, 2000 Publisher: Da Capo Press ISBN 0-306-80942-7 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Texas History on Wikipedia On the heels[…]

Book Review: The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston (1929)

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Published on: 2013.05.21

Title: The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston Author: Marquis James Year: 1929 Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin ISBN 0-292-77040-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Sam Houston on Wikipedia This book was awarded the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for “Biography or Autobiography” (James is one of the very few people who’ve[…]

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