The Source – Martin Doyle

First let me say that I love just about anything having to do with water.  I love driving over bodies of water, I love looking at dams, and perhaps my favorite place on earth is a marina just about anywhere.  If you planned a trip with an itinerary consisting solely of visiting dams and marinas, […]

The Secret Game – Scott Ellsworth

This book was recommended to me as an interesting read about a very little-known event of major significance.  My take on it is that it’s a fairly compelling read, but the event it describes didn’t seem as groundbreaking as the author tried to make it sound. The story takes place in the Jim Crow south […]

Carlisle vs Army – Lars Anderson

The book is ostensibly about two college football powers in the early twentieth century and specifically about a game where they met in 1912.  What the book is really is a detailed account of the Carlisle Indian School and its football coach – Glenn “Pop” Warner – and its most famous athlete – Jim Thorpe […]

The Girl on the Velvet Swing – Simon Baatz

This is a true story that took place at the turn of the 20th Century in New York.  The essential facts of the story are as follows: A sixteen-year-old girl – Evelyn Nesbit – arrives in New York in 1901 and meets a wealthy, influential man three times her age – famous architect Stanford White […]

The Best Game Ever – Mark Bowden

This is the third book by Bowden that I’ve read this year and probably fifth or sixth overall.  I’ve yet to be disappointed – he’s really good at whatever subject he takes on.  In this case, it’s the NFL Championship Game played on December 28, 1958, between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants – […]

Ice Bowl ’67 – Chuck Carlson

According to the short biography of the author that’s included on the book jacket, Chuck Carlson was a sportswriter who spent 11 years covering the Packers and this is his tenth book on the team.  That being the case, my guess on how this book came about is that his publisher called him up and […]

Behemoth – Joshua B. Freeman

I’ve spent the majority of my working life in manufacturing, so I had high hopes for this book – thought it would be interesting to read.  It tells the history of factories starting with British textile mills in the 1600s all the way through to the giant factories in China today.  It’s a large book […]