The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone

This is a unique book in that it’s a biographical novel.  It’s a biography – with all the facts and dates and actual people associated with the subject – Michelangelo.  But it’s also a novel, which means the author included dialogue, motives and thoughts.  It made for fascinating reading and I really enjoyed it. It […]

Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin

I read this book because I read an article on the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) that referred to it as the Bible of the lifestyle.  It was originally written in the early nineties and spawned a whole movement of people who decided they didn’t want to work 9-5 jobs their whole life but […]

Paul Revere’s Ride – David Hackett Fischer

I don’t think I’ve ever read a (an?) historical book that was more well-researched than this one.  The amount of information in the story and its breadth of scope (he tells the story from both the American and British perspectives) are enormously impressive.  The author obviously spent a ton of time researching before he wrote.  […]

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 Gambler – William C. Rempel

First of all, let me clarify that this is not a biography of Kenny Rogers.  You won’t learn the importance of knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em if you read it.  It’s actually a biography of Kirk Kerkorian, and the title refers to his willingness to gamble huge stakes on his […]

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 […]