Books by History & Biography
Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (2009)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 1
I wanted to get a lot out of this book and I'm sad to say that I didn't. There were a few interesting essays, and I made note of a few authors/designers I'd like to read more from or about, but I found most of it boring.The essay by Herbert Bayer annoyed me, not because of its content but because...
Kid Carolina: R. J. Reynolds Jr., a Tobacco Fortune, and the Mysterious Death of a Southern Icon (2010)
3.64 of 5 Votes: 4
I knew nothing of this story going into the book. It was fascinating account of the lifestyle of the pre-jet jet set. There are hundreds of stories of wealth, marriage, divorce, and more set among that group in that generation. It almost makes the current crop of "celebrities" seem pale by compar...
Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit (2009)
4.14 of 5 Votes: 4
In this book Kadir Nelson took excerpts from different speeches delivered by Barack Obama between 2004 and 2008 and blended them together in a way that captures the feelings of hope and promise that many Americans felt after he was elected for his first term. Nelson then added graphite sketches ...
A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd Been Taught in School (2009)
3.58 of 5 Votes: 2
This is the second book I've read in this series, and I much preferred this one. While it doesn't go into much depth, it does provide reasonably entertaining summaries of many of the main elements of classical mythology, literature and history. The conversational style that so annoyed me in the p...
John Brown: His Fight for Freedom (2009)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 4
After reading Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, I was facinated by John Brown. It's nice to see him introduced to children as someone who had an impact on American history. There is certainly some biased language in this book and the level of the vocabulary is about 5th grade...
The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America (2014)
3.18 of 5 Votes: 2
The author does an excellent job of placing Shirley Temple within the context of her times. Much explanation is given towards the mood of the country and what was going on at the time rather than just examining her life and career independently. The chapter on Bill 'Bonjangles' Robinson and the r...
Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq (2010)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 5
Very interesting deconstruction of the symbolism of Pearl Harbor and 9-11 as well as a solidly documented history of the events in the title. Dower does a good job of showing how strategic decisions are made without being overly partisan taking a broad view of culture, bureaucracy, religion, econ...
A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka (2011)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 4
Informative and inspiring. If you’re looking for beautiful prose, this might not be for you; the writing is simple and gets repetitive at times, but despite that, the pacing is steady and the book is easy to get through. It accomplishes what it set out to accomplish: the book informs and educates...
Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World (2011)
3.83 of 5 Votes: 1
This book took a historical event and boiled it down into a way that kids would understand easily. Even though it was a little dry in content, the creativity lacking, it was well written. The illustrations were very simplistic and helped aid the story in the sense to make it more appealing to ...
Catatan Matluthfi (2014)
3.49 of 5 Votes: 5
Assalamualaikum wbt, Catatan Matluthfi, semua berkaitan dengan catatan harian beliau, mahu dari sudut pelajaran, makanan, keluarga, pensyarah , tidur, politik, ilmu, isu semasa dan macam-macam lagi.Satu buku yang mencatat setiap perinci kehidupan Matluthfi.Kadang-kadang memang susah kita nak baca...
The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea (2014)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 5
Overall I was disappointed. I was expecting a much more detailed plan of what Mr Ryan would propose we do to create jobs, reduce Government, handle the entitlement mess and cut the debt. He did have a lot of ideas and recommendations on all the major issues with a discussion on why we adopt his...
Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (2012)
4.51 of 5 Votes: 4
Christians believe that the Bible is God's book. It's what He has to say to people, and we use it as a guide to life and religion. This has come under attack. Guys like Walter Bauer and Bart Ehrman have given quite a challenge to the Canon. (Canon is a fancy word for which books belong in the...
Internal Enemy, The: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (2014)
4.14 of 5 Votes: 4
This book completely rules. The periodization suggested by the title is a bit misleading, as the book is focused very heavily on 1800-1815, primarily on the War of 1812. That said, it provides great Big Picture coverage while humanizing its subject via an amazing set of records from one Tidewat...
Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci (2009)
4 of 5 Votes: 4
At my local library, this picture book is located in the 600's. I would recommend it for students ages 8-12. The book focuses on the ideas found in Leonardo's original notes. On the lefthand page, in full color, readers will find each invention as it first appeared in the modern world (Neo). ...
Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered (2014)
3.42 of 5 Votes: 5
I impulsively grabbed this book off the library new book shelf. Like Diane Hales, I have always had a fascination with this painting. My knowledge of art history as a child was limited to this and the Last Supper, which was always hanging up on a calendar in my grandma's kitchen, and many other...