Hue 1968 – Mark Bowden

I’ve read probably three or four books by Mark Bowden, and enjoyed them all.  This book is about the battle of Hue, the second largest city in South Vietnam, that took place as part of the Tet Offensive in January and February of 1968.  The Tet Offensive was largely a military failure – the North […]

The Journey to Freedom – Dan Johnson

This is a book about breaking free from addiction.  The subtitle is “Walking Away from Your Past.”  The addictions he discusses most are alcohol, drugs, and pornography, but what he writes really applies to any addiction.  He uses as a framework the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt.  Just as Israel had to do things […]

When People are Big and God is Small – Edward T. Welch

The subtitle to this book is “Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man.”  He does a good job of pointing out all the ways we can fear man and how it affects us.  Fear of man can show itself as sensitivity to peer pressure, the inability to say ‘no’, an obsession over self-esteem, […]

Bellevue – David Oshinsky

Fascinating book about the history of Bellevue Hospital in New York.  Before reading this book, I thought Bellevue was a mental institution and didn’t even know it was still in existence.  Contrary to my assumptions, it’s very much in existence and is one of the oldest and most respected hospitals in the country.  It actually […]

The Carnival Campaign – Ronald G Shafer

Book is about the 1840 presidential campaign between William Henry Harrison and incumbent President Martin Van Buren.  This campaign featured the incredibly memorable slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” referring to Harrison and his running mate, John Tyler.  Harrison was renowned for winning the battle of Tippecanoe (Indiana) during the War of 1812.  Even though this […]