Paul Harvey's News and Comment and The Rest of the Story was a staple in my rural Idaho household growing up. Everything always seemed to come to a standstill when he came on the radio. I loved the sound and cadence of his voice, the dramatic pauses of his narration. He could make anything sound interesting. Though in his later years I didn't hear him that often--his brand didn't hold much of an audience in liberal Northern California--I was saddened when I learned of his passing.
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I lived in Japan for two years over twenty years ago. It remains one of the most important experiences of my life. I learned to love the people and honor their culture. Ravina's lectures were like hearing about an old friend.
190 pages too long. A brief magazine article would have sufficed.
One of my favorite books this year.
I was first entranced by Herman Wouk's storytelling at age nine when The Winds of War debuted on television in the heyday of the miniseries. Wouk's body of work is astonishing. I suspect that he pounded out this crisply written memoir in a few hours on a sunny afternoon in Palm Springs. It reads like casual dinner conversation.
Brilliant career and legacy. 100 years.
Important piece of writing by Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff. Articulate and incisive, but maddeningly pessimistic.
From the jacket:
"Back in his broken hometown, Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s troubled past. Having led us on the way up, Detroit now seems to be leading us on the way down. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age—mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark, and the righteous indignation only a native son possesses, LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. He beats on the doors of union bosses and homeless squatters, powerful businessmen and struggling homeowners and the ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination. Detroit: An American Autopsy is an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer."
Another gem by Maraniss. Life in 1960s Detroit.
I followed O.J. Simpson's criminal trial closely and I vividly recall where I was and what I was doing when the jury's decision was announced. I felt then and still feel that he got away with murder.
Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life remains one of the best accounts of the trial. Fine piece of writing.
Timely reading given the current presidential nomination race. Perceptive and entertaining.
In this collection of original essays, noted historians, biographers and journalists explore the relationship between character and presidential leadership.
Some essayists clearly struggled to connect character and their assigned subject. Truman, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, and Bush shine. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter do not.
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Well worth the time. Finally, an honest and candid reassessment of Ty Cobb the player and the man. Leerhsen's writing is incisive, terrifically researched, and witty. A fresh wind to dilute the stench of Al Stump's biographical hatchet jobs.
Ty Cobb is baseball royalty, one of the greats. His lifetime batting average is still the highest of all time, and when he retired in 1928, after twenty-one years with the Detroit Tigers and two with the Philadelphia Athletics, he held more than ninety records. But the numbers don’t tell half of Cobb’s tale. The Georgia Peach was by far the most thrilling player of the era: “Ty Cobb could cause more excitement with a base on balls than Babe Ruth could with a grand slam,” one columnist wrote. When the Hall of Fame began in 1936, he was the first player voted in.
But Cobb was also one of the game’s most controversial characters. He got in a lot of fights, on and off the field, and was often accused of being overly aggressive. In his day, even his supporters acknowledged that he was a fierce and fiery competitor. Because his philosophy was to “create a mental hazard for the other man,” he had his enemies, but he was also widely admired. After his death in 1961, however, something strange happened: his reputation morphed into that of a monster—a virulent racist who also hated children and women, and was in turn hated by his peers.
How did this happen? Who is the real Ty Cobb? Setting the record straight, Charles Leerhsen pushed aside the myths, traveled to Georgia and Detroit, and re-traced Cobb’s journey, from the shy son of a professor and state senator who was progressive on race for his time, to America’s first true sports celebrity. In the process, he tells of a life overflowing with incident and a man who cut his own path through his times—a man we thought we knew but really didn’t.
Insightful and at times intriguing, GM: Paint it Red nonetheless suffers, like many memoirs, from the limited perspective of the author only. From the book jacket:
"In a devastating indictment of the GM management system, this insider exposé outlines the $100 Billion fear-driven, top-down boondoggle that didn’t make the news―anywhere. And it was called the Paint Plan. Moving from general corporate engineering to a specialty in environmental issues, the author, Nicholas Kachman, became a quiet but persistent spokesman for common sense solutions to, among other things, the problem of air pollution from the auto painting process. Writing with passion, Kachman equips the reader with the background needed to grasp the folly of the decisions that were made. Even those unfamiliar with air pollution and the auto industry will find the mismanagement lessons broadly applicable."
Judge for yourself.
Purports to be "the complete story of the SS at individual, unit and organizational levels," but McNab glaringly and inexplicably overlooks the role of the SS in the Final Solution, the architecture and operation of the vast concentration and extermination camp system, and the omnipresent Nazi police state.
Second time around for me. An exceptionally important book when published and it remains so today. A terrifying catalogue of man's cruelest and basest instincts.
In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (Nanjing) and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. The crude and barbaric means by which the Japanese army did so confounds imagination. Such wanton, unchecked cruelty exceeded even the systematic killing machine invented by the Nazis and Stalin's own reign of terror.
Amazingly, the story of this atrocity—one of the worst in world history—continues to be largely denied by the Japanese government. The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers who performed it; of the Chinese civilians who endured it; and finally of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved almost 300,000 Chinese.
But this book does more than just narrate details of an orgy of violence; it attempts to analyze the degree to which the Japanese imperial government and its militaristic culture fostered in the Japanese soldier a total disregard for human life. Finally, it tells one more shocking story: Despite the fact that the death toll at Nanking exceeded the immediate deaths from the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined (and even the total wartime casualty count of entire European countries), the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to court the loyalty of Japan and stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Chang characterized this conspiracy of silence, which persists to this day, as “a second rape.”
Great fun. Science and technology for idiots like me.
In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
Likely THE definitive history of the American mafia.
Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these five families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits. A twenty year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.
Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.
Exceptional. Marvelous account of the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of forgiveness.
Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping, captivity, and safe return captivated the country's attention. Here, in My Story, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.
Rarely do I get emotional reading a book, but Smart's account of her reuniting with her parents after months of captivity is incredibly touching.
Tremendous spy story.
Adolf Tolkachev was one of the most successful and valued agents the United States ran inside the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He was an engineer and specialist in airborne radar who worked deep inside the Soviet military establishment. Over six years, Tolkachev met with CIA officers 21 times on the streets of Moscow, a city swarming with KGB surveillance. His documents and drawings unlocked the secrets of Soviet radars and weapons research years into the future. Tolkachev smuggled circuit boards and blueprints out of his military laboratory. His espionage put the United States in position to dominate the skies in aerial combat and confirmed the vulnerability of Soviet air defenses — showing that American cruise missiles and strategic bombers could fly under the radar.
Tolkachev’s story is detailed in 944 pages of previously secret CIA cables about the operation that were declassified without condition for Hoffman's The Billion Dollar Spy. The documents and interviews with participants offer a remarkably detailed picture of how espionage was conducted in Moscow during some of the most tense years of the Cold War.
Great way to start the new year. Off-the-wall, sometimes silly, but always interesting.
Answers to some of life's most pressing questions:
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So-so. A bit overworked at times.
Hugh Trevor-Roper was one of the most gifted scholars of his generation—a brilliant writer, high-society star, and cultural force who moved easily between aristocratic houses and the humble haunts of literary bohemia. He developed a lucid prose style that he used to scathing effect, earning notoriety for his sharp attacks on other historians.
Adam Sisman examines Trevor-Roper’s middle-class upbringing in a house so empty of affection that it caused, as he put it, his “almost physical difficulty in expressing emotion.” He traces Trevor-Roper’s career from his early academic triumphs to his later failure to produce the big book expected of him. Sisman also provides riveting new details of the high drama of Trevor-Roper’s World War II intelligence work—in which he boldly blew the whistle on bureaucratic infighting that imperiled British code-breaking—and the exclusive investigation of Hitler’s death that inspired his bestselling postwar triumph, The Last Days of Hitler.
An Honourable Englishman reveals the truth behind his public substantiation of the false Hitler diaries in 1983, a misstep (encouraged by his impatient employer Rupert Murdoch) that forever tainted his reputation.
J. Reuben Clark, Jr. was a force of nature during his decades of service as counselor to three different Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Already an accomplished lawyer, statesman, and diplomat before he was called to full-time Church service in 1933, Clark brought his formidable talents to bear on Church administration, structure, and priorities during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, also times of great growth for the Church. Clark served as counselor to Church Presidents Heber J. Grant (1933 - 1945), George Albert Smith (1945 - 1951), and David O. McKay (1951 - 1961).
Brief excerpts from Amy Davidson's incisive commentary, Guns and Terror:
"By one estimate, there has been more than one mass shooting—defined as an incident in which at least four people are shot—for every day of this year. According to the Brady Campaign, seven children are killed by guns each day. After the Newtown school shooting, in 2012, there was a push to get a pair of modest bills through Congress—a ban on some assault weapons, the closing of background-check loopholes—but it failed. Gun laws are, on the whole, more lax now than they were on the day the twenty children and eight adults were shot dead. There are as many guns in private hands in America as there are people. The barriers to atrocity are low.
"To the extent that the Republican candidates recognize that the common denominator of mass shootings is guns, their answer is more guns—in the hands of everyone from preachers to Paris bartenders—and more fear, sown just as carelessly. Neither is a wise approach to addressing the real threat of terrorist attacks, whether homegrown or directed from abroad."
Fun. Reynolds was one of my favorite actors as a child. Smokey and the Bandit was my favorite.
Anything written by David McCullough is worth reading. The Path Between the Seas is one of his best. McCullough tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures.
Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), The Path Between the Seas is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.
Second time around. One of the best political biographies I know of. In my view, it is also Kearns Goodwin's best work. As a member of Johnson's White House staff, she became his personal confidante, and in the years before his death he revealed himself to her as he did to no other.
Quinn challenges traditional perspectives on early Mormon history. Meticulously researched. Much to think about here.
Brilliant. David McCullough at his best.
From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.
Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America. Different as they are from each other, McCullough's subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the listener, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.
Not quite the level of journalism I expect from the National Geographic but an interesting piece with, as usual, terrific photographs.
Orth explores the Virgin Mother's appeal, which often crosses traditional religious boundaries. Mary is, after all, mentioned more in the Koran than the Bible. Praying for Mary's intercession and being devoted to her are a global phenomenon.
You can read the entire article here: The Virgin Mary: The World's Most Powerful Woman
Excellent resource and treasure of primary source documents covering the development of LDS temple worship practice and policy. The documents include rulings by the First Presidency on changes to the ceremonies, letters to temple and stake presidents and bishops reminding them of temple policies, minutes of Quorum of the Twelve meetings, excerpts from sermons and Church publications, and commentary by apostles and temple presidents in diaries, letters, oral histories, and temple scrapbooks.
Devery Scott Anderson is co-editor of Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845 and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846, which together won the Mormon History Association’s 2006 Best Documentary Book Award. He has published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Best Article Award, Dialogue Foundation, 1999), the Journal of Mormon History, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Well worth reading.
I've reproduced the list here but you'll want to read Hardy's explanation of each. You can read the full article here: 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms.
1. Stop consuming caffeine
2. Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night
3. Read 1 book per week
4. Write in your journal 5 minutes per day
5. Marry your best friend
6. Make a bucket list and actively knock items off
7. Stop consuming refined sugar
8. Fast from all food and caloric beverages 24 hours once per week
9. Fast from the internet 24 hours once per week
10. Stop consuming the news or reading the newspaper
11. Do something everyday that terrifies you
12. Do something kind for someone else daily
13. Go to bed early and rise early
14. Get 7+ hours of sleep each night
15. Replace warm showers with cold ones
16. Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on
17. Say “Thank you” every time you’re served by someone
18. Say “I love you” 3+ times a day to the most important people in your life
19. Consume 30 grams of protein within the first 30 minutes of waking up
20. Listen to audiobooks and podcasts on 2x speed, your brain will change faster
21. Decide where you’ll be in five years and get there in two
22. Remove all non-essentials from your life (start with your closet)
23. Consume a tablespoon of coconut oil once per day
24. Buy a juicer and juice a few times per week
25. Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself, skepticism is easy
26. Stop obsessing about the outcome
27. Give at least one guilt-free hour to relaxation per day
28. Genuinely apologize to people you’ve mistreated
29. Make friends with five people who inspire you
30. Save 10 percent or more of your income
31. Tithe or give 10 percent of your income away
32. Drink 64–100 ounces of water per day
33. Buy a small place rather than rent
34. Check your email and social media at least 60–90 minutes after you wake up
35. Make a few radical changes to your life each year
36. Define what wealth and happiness mean to you
37. Change the way you think, feel, and act about money
38. Invest only in industries you are informed about
39. Create an automated income source that takes care of the fundamentals
40. Have multiple income streams (the more the better)
41. Track at least one habit/behavior you’re trying to improve
42. Have no more than 3 items on your to-do list each day
43. Make your bed first thing in the morning
44. Make one audacious request per week (what do you have to lose?)
45. Be spontaneously generous with a stranger at least once per month
46. Write and place a short, thoughtful note for someone once per day
47. Become good friends with your parents
48. Floss your teeth
49. Eat at least one meal with your family per day
50. Spend time reflecting on your blessings at least once per day
You can read other articles by Benjamin Hardy on his website at www.benjaminhardy.com.
One of the best books I have read this year. Brilliantly done.
Best piece of LDS biography that I know of. An unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of the Church hierarchy during a time of unprecedented Church growth.
Clare Middlemiss served as David O. McKay's personal secretary for the better of his tenure as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During her service, Middlemiss compiled a massive and intimate record of McKay's work, meetings, and journals. Those records eventually found their way to the University of Utah and comprise the David O. McKay papers at the University. Gregory Prince and Robert Wright mined those records and conducted hundreds of interviews to produce this book. Very well done.
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The story of the last world war, as told by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz himself. His memoir covers his early career with submarines in the First World War and follows both his successes and failures through the Second World War, with great detail on the way the U-boat campaign was waged, as told by the man who invented U-boat tactics.
Doenitz includes details of the U-boat campaigns during the Second World War as well as the opinions, ideas and commentary on the period. Of particular interest are the comments regarding British and American conduct during the war. An important social document, and an invaluable source for any student of the last war.
He became the last Fuhrer of Germany after Hitler's suicide in May 1945 and the book's subtitle, Ten Years and Twenty Days, is a direct reference to the time Karl Doenitz spent in Spandau Prison having been convicted of war crimes following trial at Nuremberg.
The title (". . . the Pursuit of Power") and the marketing (". . . the Mormon version of the Hatfields and the McCoys") are horrible, but the book itself is well done. Well written and researched.
Distant relatives whose ties extend back to the founding of the Mormon church, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. became political allies as governors. Before that, their fathers were chummy. Mitt’s sister and Jon’s mom were college roommates. So when Romney was preparing his first presidential run, he assumed he had Huntsman in his corner. He was wrong. Their split in 2006 created a bitter rivalry that led to a contentious 2012 presidential showdown.
This book by Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Thomas Burr tells the story of these dynamic and dynastic families, who have found themselves driven together by chance, business, politics and piety. It starts with the rise of George Romney and Jon Huntsman Sr., men who escaped poverty to become wealthy and influential. Their sons responded to their powerful fathers in different ways, but they ultimately ended up in the same places — vying to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, campaigning for governor and then for the White House. While both Romney and Huntsman have fallen short of the ultimate political prize, their successes on the national stage have become a turning point for the LDS Church, which yearns for broader acceptance from the American people.
Terrific interview with Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, the world's largest money-management firm.
You can read the interview here: "I'm Not Talking About This to Win a Popularity Contest"
Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea—his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.
Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.
Interesting concept but poorly developed.
When veteran television announcer Charlie Jones got assigned to the hinterlands of Olympic broadcasting to cover rowing, canoeing, and kayaking, he serendipitously discovered a powerful philosophy for focused living: That's Outside My Boat. He learned that Olympic rowers never let anything outside their boat prevent them from achieving their goals. Jones, with coauthor Kim Doren, realized that the world of business - and all aspects of life - could greatly benefit when this same perspective is applied.
Jones and Doren attempt to develop this concept by devoting most of their book to anecdotes by a who's who of business leaders and success stories. Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric; Terry Bradshaw, NFL broadcaster and TV personality; Jack Kemp, co-director of Empower America; Liz Dolan, former Nike corporate vice president; and many other business leaders apparently apply this philosophy to their own experience. The problem is that most of the anecdotes are inapt and unhelpful. You can get everything worth getting out of this book by reading the jacket.
When he was a sophomore at Brown University in 1988, Ken Dornstein lost his beloved older brother to terrorism when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland. The plane had been carrying a bomb constructed by Libyan terrorists and concealed in the luggage compartment. The tragedy marked a turning point Ken Dornstein's life. Since that tragic event, he has devoted much of his time, talent, and money to uncovering those responsible for the bombing.
Patrick Radden Keefe's The Avenger explores Dornstein's remarkable story and passion. It is a poignant story of loss, grief, and devotion.
You can read the entire article here: The Avenger
From Aatish Taseer's July 2015 review in the New York Times:
"Few books need more urgently to be written than a definitive oral history of the 1947 partition of India. The partition, even by the standards of a bloody century, was hideous; it left between one and two million people dead and displaced 15 million others; it caused the dismemberment of a syncretic society and led to the largest forced migration in the history of humanity. The generation that lived through that terrible time is on its way out, taking its unrecorded memories.
"In Midnight’s Furies, a fast-moving and highly readable account of the violence that accompanied the partition, Nisid Hajari sets himself a more modest task: How did two nations with so much in common end up such inveterate enemies so quickly?"
From the introduction:
"From 1980 to 2013 global corporate after-tax operating profits grew 30% faster than global GDP; today they stand at about 9.8% of global GDP, up from 7.6% in 1980. Corporate net income grew more than 50% faster than global GDP, from 4.4% of global GDP in 1980 to 7.6% in 2013. North American and Western European companies now capture more than half of global profits. North American firms increased their post-tax margins by 65% over the past three decades; today their after-tax profits, measured as a share of national income, are at their highest level since 1929.
"It has been a remarkable era, but it’s coming to a close. Although corporate revenues and profits will continue to rise, the overall economic environment is becoming less favorable, and new rivals are putting the Western incumbents on notice. Many of the new players are from emerging markets, but some are surprise intruders from next door, either tech companies or smaller technology-enabled enterprises. Those competitors often play by different rules and bring an agility and an aggressiveness that many larger Western companies struggle to match. In this new world, corporate performance will no longer outpace the global economy. We forecast that in the decade ahead, although operating profits will continue to grow in absolute terms, they will fall to 7.9% of global GDP—around what they were when the boom began. In other words, the stratospheric gains of the past 30 years could all but vanish in just 10.
"In the following pages we’ll explain what is changing in the global economic and competitive environment and consider how today’s leaders can be tomorrow’s as well."
You can read the entire article here: The Future and How to Survive It.
Spectacular city and spectacular coffee table book.
Great read for a road trip. Great series too, available on Netflix.
I spent my childhood in the shadow of the Oregon Trail. Sadly, like many people who live in close proximity to historical places, I took it all for granted. Beyond what I learned in fourth grade state history, the significance of the trail or its direct connection to my own family history never occurred to me. When I saw the press announcements for Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, I immediately put it down on my list of "must reads."
When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was sorely disappointed. Despite a promising start, colorful narrative, and Buck's crisp prose and touching personal reflections, I ultimately laid it aside, unfinished. I simply could not get past nor understand Buck's strident, over-the-top, anti-Mormon bigotry. Buck's sneering, contemptuous treatment of the Mormon pioneers' and their contribution to the history of the trail and the Church's valiant (and expensive) attempts to preserve that history for future generations in and out of the Church destroys what otherwise could have been a fine piece of work.
I wish I had listened to these before my recent trip to London. Professor Buchholz is engaging, witty, and knows his subject cold. Fascinating lectures. I listened to several of them more than once.