The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (2015) - William McCants (Grade:A)
The Curve (2016) - Cameron Stracher (Grade:A+)
Graveyard Clay: Cré na Cille (1949) - Máirtín Ó Cadhain (Grade:B+)
The Curve (2016) - Jeremy Blachman (Grade:A+)
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball (2016) - Harry Turtledove (Grade:A-)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - George Cruikshank (Grade:B+)
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (2016) - Dario Fernandez-Morera (Grade:A)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - Rudolph Erich Raspe (Grade:B+)
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (2009) - Adrian Goldsworthy (Grade:A)
Out Stealing Horses (2003) - Per Petterson (Grade:A+)
A Voyage Around My Room (1795) - Xavier de Maistre (Grade:B+)
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex (2015) - Michael Hitzlik (Grade:A)
How the West Won : The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (2014) - Rodney Stark (Grade:A+)
The Tatra Eagle (2012) - J. Victor Tomaszek (Grade:A)
Rock Crystal (1845) - Adalbert Stifter (Grade:A+)
Cato: A Tragedy (1713) - Joseph Addison (Grade:A+)
Canaan (1996) - Geoffrey Hill (Grade:A-)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1953) - Charles A. Lindbergh (Grade:A+)
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick (Grade:A-)
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John Milton (1608-) was born in Cheapside, London on December 9, 1608. His masterpiece Paradise Lost (1667) was written after he went blind and took five years to complete.
Dalton Trumbo (1905-76), an unrepentant Communist justifiably blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten, was born in Montrose, CO on December 9, 1905. Read Orrin's review of his National Book Award winning Johnny Got His Gun (1939)(Grade: F)
Mary Gordon (1949-) was born on Long Island, NY on December 8, 1949.
Elsie Crisler Segar (1894-?), the creator of "Popeye," was born in Chester, IL on December 8, 1894.
James Thurber (1894-1961) was born in Columbus, OH on December 8, 1894. Brothers Judd recommends the Library of America collection: James Thurber: Writings and Drawings and Thurber on Crime (James Thurber 1894-1961)(edited by Robert Lopresti) (Read Orrin's review.)
Hervey Allen (1889-1949), author of the epic historical novel Anthony Adverse (1933), was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 8, 1889.
Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was born in Gustafs, Sweden on December 6, 1898.
Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) was born in New Brunswick, NJ on December 6, 1886. Best remembered for his poem Trees, it seems likely that he is the only poet memorialized by having a Turnpike Rest Area named in his honor.
Martin Van Buren (1782?1862) was born in Kinderhook, NY on December 5, 1782. He was the first non-Adams not to be reelected President.
George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) was born in New Rumley, OH on December 5, 1839. Read Orrin's review of The Fatal Environment : The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890 (1985)(Richard Slotkin) (Grade: B-)
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.
-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster
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