Books by History & Biography
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (2000)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 4
Really two independent stories, one a political history of North Korea with a focus on Kim Il Sung, the second on the young MIG pilot who flew his plan out of the North and landed, almost unnoticed on the tarmac of a large US airbase in the south. The story of the pilot is fascinating and reads l...
Beyond the Consequences (2000)
4.69 of 5 Votes: 5
I absolutely love the consequences series so much. Every book was fantastic. to me some of the dark romance novels are from your vision. The characters are real, I cry, laugh, get frustrated, and sigh with the characters. I would like Marie ' s story, how she became the person she ended up being...
The Crooked House (2000)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 5
I thought the book was very well written and had a good flow of direction until Chapter 12. Then the book just slid downhill. For me. Esme escaped a brutal family tragedy and never really got the answers she was looking for. She went back to her hometown when her boyfriend was invited to attend a...
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III (2014)
3.93 of 5 Votes: 4
George III set out to break the dysfunctional cycle of family relations that had pitted father against son (particularly oldest son and heir) for four generations. He attempted to do so first by embracing his wife -- the chilly and cold Charlotte. This, in and of itself, was a bit of an innovati...
The War that Saved My Life (2000)
4.61 of 5 Votes: 3
This book takes place in the 1940s in London during WWII. Ada has a club foot and her Mam has told her all her life she is worth nothing with the club foot. Her Mam makes her stay inside all day everyday. She actually runs away with her brother when he is evacuated with other children to safer ...
The Strangest Family: George III's Extraordinary Experiment in Domestic Happiness. by Janice Hadlow (2014)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 1
I don't normally read straight non-fiction but this was recommended and I am glad I read it. Janice Hadlow has worked for the BBC for over 2 decades and her background and experience has truly made this subject come to light. She put it together in a very readable and thorough way. It was a sl...
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Thrones (2014)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 3
One of the most fascinating characters in English history, the knight William Marshall, is thoroughly examined in this marvelous work from historian Thomas Asbridge. Working primarily from an obscure medieval document dubbed the History bought at auction in the late 19th century, Asbridge reconst...
Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone (2014)
4.32 of 5 Votes: 5
Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom is a children's non fiction book by Rebecca L. Johnson. Early on April 26, 1986, Nuclear Reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine exploded. Within minutes, deadly radioactive fallout was raining down on the region, sweeping into southern Belarus a...
Black Dog Summer (2000)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 4
Sally has been attacked and she died, but she isn't completely gone. She can see what's going on in the lives of the people she loves. She's just a shadow and she can't influence anything that happens. Her daughter Gigi has to move in with her aunt, uncle and two cousins. Her cousin Briony isn't ...
A History of New York in 101 Objects (2014)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 1
I listened to, and enjoyed, the BBC’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects” series as a podcast, so when I saw this book, I was intrigued to see what objects would be chosen to tell the history of New York City. I should probably also disclose that I grew up in the far distant reaches of “upst...
White Knight Dom Academy (2000)
4.81 of 5 Votes: 4
Loved the continuation of the Dom Wars series! This book had me laughing out loud (at work LOL) with the antics of Gramma, loved that woman! Lucian Bane has done it again with an outstanding book. Tara & Lucian are back in Missouri at gramma's farm and bring her home from the nursing home. Th...
Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age (2014)
3.32 of 5 Votes: 1
Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the brilliant and disturbed poet who died at thirty-six after living a life of excessive debauchery. Her mother came from a wealthy, fairly open-minded family, and for a woman at that time she received a somewhat decent education. The mar...
To The Edge Of The World (2013)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 1
a basic history of the conception, building, and results of trans siberian express, and bam and some of the other lines, like east chinga, amur line, biakal train ferry, etc. plus of the bloody, starving, mayhem along the lines over the years. has a neat bit about the czech slovak army trappe...
The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember (2014)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 1
As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was from NetGalley and despite that kindness I give my scrupulously honest opinion below.The book's format is simple. It's simply a collection of oral first-person stories about the Beatles and their impact on fans, o...
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (2014)
4.26 of 5 Votes: 1
Its best to understand this as a travelogue rather than a comparative religion or analytical work. It is extremely descriptive of seven different religious minorities in the Middle East, from the Yazidis and Mandaeans to the Copts and the Zoroastrians. The author - through various imperial postin...