How many of you baseball fans knew that Abner Doubleday not only invented baseball but that he was also a key officer for the Union at Fort Sumter during the crisis of 1860-1861? If you said, “I did!” then you’ve … Continue reading →
Like many of the books we read at WWTFT and sometimes review, this one falls into the category of "better late than never." Marcia reviews this 1921 Pulitzer Prize winning classic and contemplates its subtle message.
The Unexpected President is an aptly named biography of Chester A. Arthur. The oft-used subtitle, The Life and Times of …, is also very fitting. Greenberger gives the reader a clear picture of what life was like in New York in the mid 19th century and highlights several of his subject’s contemporaries in telling Arthur’s story. In fact, the book is as much a […]
The Founders, however admirable, were people with faults and foibles. This might seem obvious, but for many biographers who devote years studying their subjects, it's easy to engage in hero worship without realizing it. Though she is not guilty of this, as a reader it's particularly easy to do when one reads Melanie Randolph Miller's biography […]