Archive for the 'Books' Category


Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

For Christmas, Greg and Sarah gave me An Enduring Legacy: The Story Of Basques In Idaho by John Bieter and Mark Bieter. There is a claim that the area around southwest Idaho includes the largest concentration of Basques outside the Pyrenees. This isn’t actually true, but there is quite a concentration of Basques in that […]


Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Doug and Kathy gave me Timothy Eagan’s The Big Burn for Christmas. It is the story of a massive wildfire in Washington, Idaho and Montana in 1910, the largest wildfire ever in the American west. An area of more than 3.2 million acres were burned, and scores of people lost their lives, incinerated beyond recognition. […]


Monday, November 29th, 2010

Pat and I have spent the last week or so with Greg and Sarah in Columbia, South Carolina. While we were here, Greg suggested that I might enjoy reading the book Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace. This is one of those popular technical books, one that contains more […]


Friday, October 8th, 2010

On my recent travels, I read a pair of books: World War One: A Short History by Norman Stone American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857 by Sally Denton


Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

On our trip to the recent Capazzalo reunion in Connecticut, I read two short books, one on the way there and the other on the way back. Going out, I read Crazy Horse by Larry McMurtry. One point that McMurtry makes repeatedly is that Crazy Horse was something of a loner, who did not consistently […]


Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I just finished reading the book “A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age” by William Manchester. Much to my surprise, this paperback was divided into just 3 chapters: The Medieval Mind The Shattering One Man Alone A few observations – I was struck by the claim, […]


Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I recently finished a book that Greg gave me, “Bears: A Brief History” by Bernd Brunner. This small book contains an eclectic collection of information on bears. The most interesting tidbit was the idea that some of the aristocrats in Europe considered themselves to have descended from bears, notions that persisted into the eleventh century.


Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I recently finished reading a pair of books on the Comanches that Pat had given me: “The Comanche Empire” by Pekka Hamalainen “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S. C. Gwynne This was really fascinating material. The […]

Interesting Books

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Recently saw a book review of “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S. C. Gwynne. The review also mentioned the book “The Comanche Empire” by Pekka Hamalainen. Both books look quite interesting. Comanches gained their power from […]

Cause of the Civil War

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A year ago I watched on-line the lectures for a class at Yale about the Civil War. The professor mentioned a book by Charles B. Dew, “Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War“. Dew is a professor of history at Williams, but his southern roots run very deep. Since […]