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Paul Revere
The name Paul Revere is synonymous with revolution. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty, took part in the Boston Tea Party, and set out on his now legendary ride to alert colonists of the approaching British forces. Doubtless, most Americans are familiar with what Paul Revere did, but how much do we know about who he was? In The Revolutionary Paul Revere (Thomas Nelson, 2010), Joel Miller...
The Lucky Greyhound
This brief and beguiling book by artist Beverly Hembold Erschell ( erschell.com ) attracts a wide audience—art lovers, dog lovers, and all ages. It’s ideal to share with grandchildren, or simply to enjoy by oneself. Erschell, in prose and in paintings, tells us about her dog Maple, a greyhound who just never fit into the normal greyhound lifestyle. The grit that produces competitive...
Mark Twain sitting on front porch
N o author occupies a more prominent place in the pantheon of American literature than Mark Twain. The father of endearing characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, he has managed to remain as indelible as his stories are timeless. But while Twain the novelist is familiar to most, with his trademark white suit, wild hair, and brushy mustache, the man behind the penname is lesser known...
Book: Backstage at the Lincoln assassination
Everyone thinks they’ve heard the whole story. On the evening of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary visited Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., to see the comedy Our American Cousin . As the play entered Act III, John Wilkes Booth, a renowned actor and avowed Confederate sympathizer, slipped into the president’s box, barricaded the door behind him, and...
John Milton Jay
Few characters have enjoyed such a sweeping role in American history as John Milton Hay. Starting in his early 20s, he embarked on a 40-year career at the highest levels of the U.S. government as a player in some of the most pivotal episodes of politics and war. He was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, an ambassador to Great Britain, and secretary of state under both William McKinley and...
Lincoln Deception book
For several years, David Stewart has made his literary bones in the realm of nonfiction with award-winning bestsellers like T he Summer of 1787 (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Impeached (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and American Emperor (Simon & Schuster, 2011). His latest book, The Lincoln Deception (Kensington, 2013), is something of a departure. Stewart’s first foray into fiction, the...
Robert Ripley biography
Since his death in 1949, Robert Ripley’s name has become more familiar than the man himself. The passage of time has reduced his presence to a title on TV, a sign on a museum, and the catch phrase “Believe it or not.” But Robert Ripley was indeed a living, breathing human being. Born in California in 1890, “Rip,” as his friends called him, was a shy, awkward youth...
Prince Albert
What is more British, and more male, than the London clubs that have clustered on or near the street of Pall Mall since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? In their way they define a society, so it’s a surprise to find a definitive book about them, A Room of His Own—A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press), by an American. In fact, by...
Forever Chic: Frenchwomen s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance
Frenchwomen are renowned for their innate sense of style. Like the vintage wine France is known for, Frenchwomen appear to get better with age. From their beauty regimens to their seemingly magical ability to consume rich sauces and flaky croissants without gaining a pound, women everywhere wonder, “How in the world do the French do it?” American fashion journalist Tish Jett uncovers the secrets...