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    Heronfield by Dorothy Balchin | Book Review

    Heronfield by Dorinda Balchin Genres: Fiction, History, British Literature Original Publication Date: 2012 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon Heronfield. Amidst the bombs and bullets, the fear and confusion, it is sometimes the battles within our hearts that leave the deepest scars. Experience a sweeping saga set in war-torn Europe during the desperate years of the Second World War. At its heart is a cast of characters who draw us into their lives from the defeat of Dunkirk to the final victory: Tony, a young man barely in his twenties who experiences the horror of Britain’s first defeat and offers his unique…

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    How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes From An Impeachment Summer by Jimmy Breslin | Book Review

    How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer by Jimmy Breslin Genres: History, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1975 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon How The Good Guys Finally Won: Not long after burglars were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, Congressman Tip O’Neill noticed that Democratic fundraising efforts for the 1972 election had stalled. Major contributors were under IRS investigation, and Republican lackeys were threatening further trouble if those donors didn’t close their checkbooks. O’Neill sensed a conspiracy coming from the Nixon administration, but it wasn’t until the scandal broke that he connected the threatened donors…

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    All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein | Book Review

    All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward Genres: History, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1974 (original) Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Men revealed the full scope of the scandal and introduced for the first time the mysterious “Deep Throat.” Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing through headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward deliver a riveting firsthand account of their reporting. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled the president, and have since inspired generations of reporters. All the President’s Men is a riveting detective story,…

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    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson | Book Review

    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson Narrator: Tony Goldwyn Genres: Crime, History, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2003 (Audiobook 2006) Source: I purchased this audiobook. Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon The 1893 World’s Fair was held in the “White City” of Chicago, Illinois. Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the 20th century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the…

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    Marie: A True Story by Peter Maas | Book Review

    Marie: A True Story by Peter Maas Genres: Crime, History, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1983 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Recounts the true experiences of Marie Ragghianti–former beauty queen, devout Catholic, and divorced working mother–and her courageous fight, in the face of disgrace and peril, against deep-seated political corruption in Tennessee. Marie: A True Story is about Marie Ragghianti, the woman who blew the whistle on the corrupt Tennessee government in the 1970s. Peter Maas was famous for his book on Frank Serpico, a whistleblower in the New York City Police Department. He also wrote other fine books about crime. But my favorite is…