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A daring heist, a frustrated novelist, and the ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2)

Camino Island: A Novel, by John Grisham @@@@ (4 out of 5) A gang of five thieves pulls off a spectacular heist, making away with five priceless manuscripts handwritten by F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Firestone Library at Princeton University. They leave behind only one shred of evidence: a drop of blood. This alone enables… Read More ›

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DARPA: inventors of Agent Orange, the M16, GPS, and the Internet (0)

The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World, by Sharon Weinberger @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Many of the products of the Pentagon’s in-house research facility, DARPA, are widely known. The Internet. GPS. The M16 rifle. Agent Orange. Stealth aircraft. What is less widely known and understood… Read More ›

Trade Fiction »

A murder mystery set in the Holy Roman Empire (0)

Wolf on a String: A Novel, by Benjamin Black @@@@ (4 out of 4) Except for the title, which I found unfathomable, I enjoyed this novel immensely. The author, Irish writer and Booker-Prize-winner John Banville, writes murder mysteries under the pen name Benjamin Black. Wolf on a String is indeed a mystery, and a puzzling one at that,… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

A daring heist, a frustrated novelist, and the ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2)

Camino Island: A Novel, by John Grisham @@@@ (4 out of 5) A gang of five thieves pulls off a spectacular heist, making away with five priceless manuscripts handwritten by F. Scott Fitzgerald from the Firestone Library at Princeton University. They leave behind only one shred of evidence: a drop of blood. This alone enables… Read More ›

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34 great biographies I’ve reviewed (0)

Roger Ailes. Catherine the Great. William Armstrong Custer. Steve Jobs. Malcolm X. These are among the men and women featured in the 34 biographies I’ve listed below. I’ve reviewed each of these books online and awarded them four or five out of five stars. The books are listed in alphabetical order by the subject’s last… Read More ›