Terry Gamble Boyer at the family's Napa Valley Ranch

The Eulogist by Terry Gamble

The Eulogist by Terry Gamble is an excellent story about an immigrant family who lives in Cincinnati and southern Ohio during a period of great change in the early United States. Here is a little on the plot from the publisher: Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in ing to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the...

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The Nation or Nationalism? A less than helpful Very Short Introduction (4/100)

This volume turned out to be a much more academic approach than previous works I had read and thus much harder to get through despite it's designed shortness. My impression is that this Very Short Introduction is not for the casual reader nor those looking to get more deeply at nationalism in the sense of the political or cultural phenomenon.

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Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell continues the chronicles of Uhtred of Bebbanburg in the Saxon Tales. Here is a brief summary of the book from the publisher: It is a time of political turmoil once more as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters. There are two potential heirs—possibly more—and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together. Despite attempts at pulling him into the political fray, Uhtred of...

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