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 […]

Hillbilly Elegy – JD Vance

I’m probably a touch behind the times in reading this book – it’s been out and hugely popular for almost a year.  That said, I devoured it – it was excellent.  It’s about the author’s life growing up in a family with roots in Appalachian Kentucky.  Since he’s now only in his 30s, the stories […]

Inside the Third Reich – Albert Speer

Speer was initially the architectural mastermind behind the Nazi attempt to remake Berlin and later was Minister of Arms and Munitions during WWII.  As such, he was close to Hitler and moved in the top echelons of the government.  He was imprisoned after the war for 20 years and spent that time writing his memoirs, […]

1776 – David McCullough

Just about anything by McCullough is good.  The book is just as it sounds – everything having to do with the beginning of the country in 1776.  All of McCullough’s books are incredibly researched and compelling to read.  You learn a ton and enjoy doing it.

The Bronx is Burning – Jonathan Mahler

Book is about 1977 in New York and details a mayoral race, the Yankees pursuit of their first World Series since the early 60s (and all the feuding that went along with it), the Son of Sam killings, a blackout, and various other things going on in a wild year.  The title comes from Howard Cosell’s […]