Patricia T.

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Location: Indiana, originally
In My Own Words:
For a living I practice international business for a major U.S. company. For a life I am a Europhile, genealogist, and gardener. Presently I am owned by several cats. A paucity of time prevents me from both owning a horse and being able to read as much as I would like. Historical biography attracts me most as a subject matter, especially when it dovetails with any genealogical research I have … Read more


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Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France by Christine Pevitt Algrant
Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France by Christine Pevitt Algrant
4.0 out of 5 stars Apres moi, le deluge, Sept. 7 2003
Louis XV, historically France's "bien-aime, is rendered here the "bien-damne." Algrant's vision cuts deeply across historical accounts of both the king and his mistress. Students of French literature will recognize Madame de Pompadour portrayed as the intelligent and enlightened patroness of the arts.
That the seeds of Louis XVI's demise were sown in the reign of Louis XV is not news. However, the degree of Louis XV's dereliction of duty and almost lecherous exploitation of teenage concubines portrays him beyond merely oblivious to the state of his country. He becomes almost "Nero-esque."
While Louis XV "fiddled," Madame de Pompadour… Read more
World Of The Celts by Simon James
World Of The Celts by Simon James
4.0 out of 5 stars Museum Walk, June 29 2003
I read the paperback edition of this book, but this account of the Celtic life and its interaction with the Roman Empire is much like a walk through a prominent museum. The sections are succinct and strike a fair balance between archeological/anthropological fact and general interest. The time frame and breadth of countries are far-reaching. However, I thought the author was adept at linking it all and keeping continuity in a "plot line" that spanned nearly a millenium.
The book is well illustrated and as much time can be invested in addressing the illustrations as reading the text. Essentially the book explains the provenance of those with Western European roots and… Read more
A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha by David L. Bristow
Are you of the opinion that not even Warren Buffett can redeem Omaha? Do you want proof? Then this is the book for you.
Gleaned from 19th century newspaper headlines, it's all you wanted to know (???) about Omaha, but were afraid to ask. No fiasco goes unturned--claim jumping, parliamentary near-riots, yellow journalism, wild west shows, women of the evening, and even the depth of mud in the Old Market. It's all here in the "cesspool of iniquity!" [No, I didn't say that. It's a quote from a Kansas City newspaper in reference to Omaha!]
Yes, Warren may be the Oracle of Omaha, but this is no Delphi! Kudos, Mr. Bristow.