Category: Book Review Monday

Richard the Lionheart was killed at the siege of Châlus-Chabrol by a defender wielding a crossbow and carrying a frying pan as a shield

Henry II to Richard II, 250 years’ worth of Plantagenet kings in 500 plus pages. Written briskly and with humor, the narrative hits all the highlights of this era in British history without missing the low points, of which there were plenty, and debunking myths along the way. Henry II hid out in Ireland for…

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Impossible, after reading this book, not to wonder what our nation would look like had Lincoln survived his second term.

[from October 2008] I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she’d been an eyewitness to the events. Sold me the book. On June 17th–I’ve been a hundred pages from the end for ten days. I don’t want Abe to die. July 17th — Okay, I finally made myself finish.…

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And the one about the 1961 almost outbreak of the bubonic plague in New Mexico should have been required reading in the White House in 2017.

The first crime fiction convention panel I was ever on was moderated by Tony Hillerman and it ruined me for any panel I was ever on afterward because he was as good a raconteur out loud as he was on the page. This collection of Tony’s articles and tales is proof positive, from the hilarious…

Read more And the one about the 1961 almost outbreak of the bubonic plague in New Mexico should have been required reading in the White House in 2017.

I don't know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don't know what my life is about and don't examine it. My life will define itself as I live it. The movies will define themselves as I make them. As long as the theme is something I care about at the moment, it's enough for me to start work. Maybe work itself is what my life is about.

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