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Forty Days

I could smell savory and sweet aromas of the pastelitos outside my porthole window.<p>It is a memory that I will hold until the day I die.<p>Mother had …

Book Review: Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

Roscoe Martin is infatuated with two things: his wife and electricity. Both end up ruining him as a husband and father, and destroy his sense of …

Book Review: The Daredevils by Gary Amdahl

Charles Minot is the son of wealthy, politically connected parents who run a theater in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake destroys their …

Book Review: Better Dead by Max Allan Collins

Told in two novellas tied together by the unscrupulous Senator Joe McCarthy, <i>Better Dead</i>’s book one finds Collins’s Nathan Heller hired by writer …

The ancient Peruvian mystery solved from space

These puzzling holes in the arid valleys of southern Peru tell us there was once a flourishing, sophisticated society here.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In one of the most arid regions in the world a series of carefully constructed, …

Archaeology

Book Review: The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith

click on image for Amazon link<p>When a travelling tinner enters New Bern clutching a baby in his arms and announces that the rest of the little child’s …

Book Review: Brooklyn on Fire–A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence Levy

click on image for Amazon link<p>Mary Handley is a young, feisty woman trying to break into the male-dominated world of police and detective work at the …

Book Review: Charlotte’s Story–A Bliss House Novel by Laura Benedict

click on image for Amazon link<p>Bliss House is an old Virginia manse that holds many secrets. In the fall of 1957, Charlotte Bliss, upon the death of …

Book Review: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

click on image for Amazon link<p>Anna Blanc is the daughter of a wealthy banker in Los Angeles. She cannot abide by the rigid rules of 1907 high …

Historical Fiction and the New Literary Taboo

There’s a moment in <b>Shawna Yang Ryan’s</b> soaring new novel, <i>Green Island</i>, where the narrator is about to break away from the life she’s always known; she …

Books

Book Review: Dakota Trails by Robert McKee

click on image for link to Amazon.com<p>Set in 1881 on the dusty, lawless plains of Wyoming and into the even more lawless Black Hills of the Dakotas, …

Book Review: Anadarko–A Kiowa County Mystery by Tom Holm

Click on image for Amazon link<p>J. D. Daugherty is a private eye from Tulsa, and he’s been hired to locate a missing man in the rough town of Anadarko, …

Book Review: Rewinder by Brett Battles

click on image for Amazon link<p>Denny Younger is an Eight—one of the lowest social classes in a strictly stratified British society in a timeline where …

Book Review: Grace and the Guitless by Erin Johnson

Click on the image for link to buy on Amazon.com<p>Opening abruptly with the death of Grace Milton’s entire family at the hands of the Guiltless Gang, …

Meet your unauthorized federal government

Amazingly, more than $300 billion of Washington programs are running on autopilot. Why is Congress ignoring its key oversight tool?<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have not been reauthorized by Congress …

Government

The Dirty Dozen: Top 13 Barrier Walls in History

One of America’s greatest political minds, Benjamin Franklin, wrote, “Love thy neighbor, yet don’t pull down your hedge.” It would seem today that …

Sad days when we have to remind parents to be… well, a parent

This was the message from my son’s school district following yesterday’s snow day here in Denver:<p><i>(Wednesday, Dec. 16, 4 a.m.)</i> <b>All schools are open</b> …

Book Review: BACK CHANNEL by Stephen L. Carter

Originally published in Historical Novels Review.<p>Set against the looming Cuban Missile Crisis, <i>Back Channel</i> follows an alternative history that pits a …

Is the issue guns or are we a hateful society

Matt Wuerker, editorial cartoonist with Politico, just put out this piece:<p>It is an interesting cartoon that is sure to cause quite a bit of …

The Dirty Dozen: The 13 most significant marketplaces in history

As a Black Friday frenzy sweeps away the food coma that you’ve put yourself into after gorging on far too many Thanksgiving treats, From The Kitchen …

Book Review: Lusitania

<i>Lusitania</i> by Diana Preston<p>Review originally published in Historical Novels Review<p>This is a heart-wrenching narrative that reads less like a stodgy …

The Dirty Dozen: 13 Influential Political Propaganda Pieces in History

Trying to define the word “propaganda” is like trying to herd cats into a box. You get one in and the rest slip away. One person may feel that …

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT -- The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both …

Middle East

Kerry sees 'rationale' in Charlie Hebdo murders, unlike Friday's attacks in Paris

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Tuesday that there was a “rationale” for the assault on satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, unlike the more recent attacks in Paris.<p>“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that," Kerry said …

Charlie Hebdo

The Dirty Dozen: Ranking the Top 13 Speakers of the House of Representatives

These are the men, and woman, who had the unenviable job of trying to wrangle a horde of politicians into a body politic that could actually …

“From Flagship to Infamy”

You can read my latest article, “From Flagship to Infamy”, on the last days of the USS <i>Indianapolis–</i>the ship that carried the components for the …

Book Review: Sweet Caress by William Boyd

William Boyd’s latest is a sweeping tour de force seen through the eyes, and lens, of a single character, Amory Clay. Born in 1908, young Amory finds …

The Dirty Dozen: 13 Song Themes that Might Not Be As Popular Today

Unless you are a new band looking for instant publicity or an individual not afraid of public scorn and ridicule, we’d suggest avoiding these themes …

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.<p>As a result, each …

Water