Much has been made of Abraham Lincoln’s political genius. He is often painted as a savant, manipulating both his opponents and allies to align with his will as he navigated the treacherous years of the American Civil War. Gore Vidal brings this to life in a continuation of his Narratives of Empire series. Although not the second book in publication order, it is the second one in sequence, with one loose connection to the first (no spoilers although Vidal clearly wants to thread the story). Burr, […]
I have been meaning to read Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln for awhile now. I had the reader copy and saw it in various places around the store once it came out a year ago. But it was not until a chance (or more actually blind) grab at a pile of reader copies in the page by the desk that it came out and the rule was, “Read what you grab.” Shari Swanson bases her story of Abe Lincoln as a boy on […]
This is a door stopper of a book at 754 pages, but I’ve read longer books quicker. I don’t read enough history, and despite my historian father being obsessed with the civil war in particular, I know the highlights and half-remembered tidbits from AP history. Team of Rivals has been THE Lincoln book since its publication, so it seemed like a good enough place to start. So I did. Years ago. And this whale got beached. I’m glad I finished it, but it is a […]
The 2016 election: we will eventually be far away from that time, but while we wait to heal we will continue to publish works – everything from tweets to films- about how it shaped our current situation. In 2017, the Delacorte Theater staged a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Central Park . Shakespeare had been done live in Central Park for years. Julius Caesar had been performed steadily around the world since it debuted in 1599. Caesar has taken on many depictions throughout the […]
This series by Steve Sheinkin has its moments. They might not be for the adult reader, but the child reader (about ages 7 to 9) will get a kick out of our heroes Abby and Doc time-traveling through history. In history class, Abby and Doc are reading about Abraham Lincoln. But something is not right. All he is doing is sitting, reading the newspaper, playing handball in the alley near his home and where is that famous beard? How did this happen? Historical figures have […]
https://killingmykindle.com/2018/08/27/episode-1-32-heroes-depend-on-which-side-of-history-you-stand/ Wherein I review: 126. The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll 127. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson A little historicalisciousness. Cliff Stoll was one of the first people to track down international hackers. TOPICAL. And we learn that his name was Mudd because he was a f–king dirty ass Confederate who was all down with kidnapping Lincoln.