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Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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Today in history: March 16, 1751

James Madison, fourth President of the United States, was born on this day in Virginia. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical … Continue reading

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Today In History: May 25, 1787 “how thirteen independent states could share a government of tripartite powers”

May 25, 1787: the Constitutional Convention (although that would only be its name later; at the time it was called the “Federal Convention”) got underway. Most of the delegates had arrived, by that time, from their far-flung states, and May … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, James Madison

… fourth President of the United States, born on this day in Virginia, 1751. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical examination … Continue reading

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The Books: “Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787” (Catherine Drinker Bowen)

Next on the US history shelf: Next book in my American history section is the classic, and one of my all-time favorites: Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787, by Catherine Drinker Bowen. She’s … Continue reading

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2005 Books Read

Here is the complete list of books I read in 2005. Underworld: A Novel, by Don DeLillo – which I had started in the fall of 2004- before I went to Ireland – and it took me FOREVER to finish … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry: “that overwhelming torrent”

Today is the birthday of Patrick Henry. The old firebrand! The old Virginian firebrand! What a hothead, what a motivator, what a fascinating man. A die-hard patriot, a slave-owner, who made perhaps the most famous speech in American history (second … Continue reading

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Today in History: “how thirteen independent states could share a government of tripartite powers”

May 25, 1787 … the Constitutional Convention (although that would only be its name later … at the time it was called the “Federal Convention”) got underway. Most of the delegates had arrived, by that time, from their far-flung states, … Continue reading

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Book Notes

I finished Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787. For anyone who is interested in the United States Constitution – and how it came to be – the arguments that helped give birth to … Continue reading

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Miracle at Philadelphia

I’m still reading Miracle at Philadelphia. It’s like CANDY to me and I don’t want it to end. Catherine Drinker Bowen writes with an unabashed sense of import and admiration – and yet she also gets us down into the … Continue reading

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