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 […]

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 Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

Written as a social commentary on race, class, politics and greed in the eighties, this book came out in 1987 and is Wolfe’s best-known work of fiction (and rates with The Right Stuff as one of his best-known books overall).  I’m a little late to the party in reading it, but when he died earlier […]