Andrew S. Rogers

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (40 of 46)
Location: Houston, Texas
Birthday: June 15
In My Own Words:
Former long-time Top 500 Reviewer. On Twitter at @cascadian. I agree with my reviewing guru Florence King, who wrote "A book review is NOT a book report. It's a news story about a book.... DO NOT think you can just 'tell what it's about.' That's how you describe a book to a friend; a review must analyze." I try to measure books against their own intentions: Did the author achieve what he or she se… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 310,534 - Total Helpful Votes: 40 of 46
The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth R. Timmerman
The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth R. Timmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Non, je ne regrette rien, July 14 2004
Like another writer, I have to wonder whether all the reviewers who gave this book a single star actually bothered to read the thing. Few of those reviews sounded at all like they were talking about the same book I read. If you're willing to set aside knee-jerk assumptions -- if you have them -- about the meretriciousness of the Bush Administration, and also ignore the unfortunate and loaded word "betrayal" in the title (a point I'll get back to in a moment), there's actually quite a bit of important reporting going on here. Kenneth Timmerman should be thanked for uncovering it and bringing it to our attention.
One area where this book could have been stronger is in… Read more
The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and th&hellip by Joel Achenbach
Having just finished Tom Wicker's disappointing Penguin Lives biography of George H.W. Bush, I was a little down on the idea of journalists attempting to write history. But Joel Achenbach, whose work I've enjoyed in The Washington Post for some time, has restored my faith. "The Grand Idea" is both a well-researched work of history and an enjoyable story of a side of The Father of Our Country we seldom see. Americans seem to love books about the founders, and this is one that will repay reading with both entertainment and learning.
Achenbach has taken a relatively obscure episode in George Washington's life -- a trip to his western holdings in 1784 -- and teased out of it… Read more
Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: A Tour Of President&hellip by Brian Lamb
Count me in among those who collect presidential gravesites. Though I've only been to eight so far (plus two, Nixon's and Reagan's, before they were, um, occupied), I'm looking forward to visiting others when I get the chance. When I do, this will be the ideal, even essential, guidebook.
I thoroughly agree with Douglas Brinkley's argument, in the Afterword to this book, that there's nothing morbid about hunting down presidential resting places. Rather, it's a way to connect with American history as well as contemplate the ends to which we all must come. I'm sure that for some, given our troubling tendency toward sanctifying the office and the men in it, it can mean more than that. But… Read more