Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (25 of 32)
Location: Sioux City, Ia USA
Birthday: Sept. 18
In My Own Words:
I have a list of every book I have read, and I am now (Jan 3, 2009) reading No. 4523. I also have post-reading notes on almost every book read since 1969. I find this keeping track of my reading gives me a sense of accomplishment, since I can by reading my note on what I read easily recall the book and my feeling about it. I have my reading list computerized and with the index can in literally s… Read more

Antebellum history, political history, World War I, papal history, Iowa farm life


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Servants of Satan: The Age of the Witch Hunts by Joseph Klaits
This book considers the general course and significance of the witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. I admit my interest in the subject stems from the fact that my nine times great grandmother was the defendant in a witch trial in 16th century Germany. in which she was ably defended and was vindicated. The introduction to this fine volume reads in part: "The bleak terrain of the witch trials is both forbidding and depressing. Their vast scale must daunt any writer who hopes to explain the dynamics and significance of witch hunting, while the story of the trials also is bound to provoke discouraging conclusions about the human potential for inhumanity. Yet the witch craze's… Read more
The Myriad Faces of War: Britain and the Great War&hellip by Trevor Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven in quality, April 24 2004
First of all, the author was born in New Zealand, so why he is called an Australian I do not know. The book pays very little attention to the Dominions--it is written strictly from a British viewpoint and examines exhaustively events in Britain druing the war, as well as all aspects of the war which relate to England. There are more than 150 pages of text which follow the account of the Armistice, talking about the effects of the War on society, economics, etc. The book has footnotes (where they belong, at the "foot" of the page) but lacks any bibliography. I have read scores of books on the Great War, and consider it one of my favorite reading topics, but I found this one a… Read more
Britain and the Great War: 1914-1918 by J. M. Bourne
I found this an excellent book. Its footnotes constitute a good commentary on World War One books and show that in Britain a lot of good writing is going on on that subject. The first four chapters give a military history of the war. Then there are three excellent chapters on the politicians and generals of the war. Finally there are good chapters on "Men and Munitions." "Comradeship, Discipline, and Morale" and "Values and Ideas." One must agree with the author when he says the only thing worse than a war won is a war lost. This book is a stunning and worthwhile reading experience.