Category: Books/Museum Reviews

  • The Showman by Simon Shuster

    The Showman by Simon Shuster

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Showman: From improv to war. Quick synopsis: The story of how Volodymyr Zelensky became president of Ukraine and what has happened since the invasion by Russia. Fact for Non-History People: At the time of the invasion, Russia had at least four times the number of troops, five times as many…

  • Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray

    Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons: Mommy knows best. Quick synopsis: A dual biography of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt. Fact for Non-History People: Around the 1850s, 700 British families owned four fifths of the land in Britain. Fact for History Nerds: Between 1870 and 1914, 454 titled Europeans married American…

  • Tripping on Utopia by Benjamin Breen

    Tripping on Utopia by Benjamin Breen

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Tripping on Utopia: I’ll stick to beer, thanks. Quick synopsis: The people and science at the beginning of widespread drug experimentation. Fact for Non-History People: The CIA did experiments with LSD for mind control purposes. Fact for History Nerds: LSD was first synthesized by Swiss scientists in the 1930s. My Take…

  • American Girls by Jessica Roy

    American Girls by Jessica Roy

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for American Girls: I’m just thankful I have brothers after reading this one. Quick synopsis: The story of an American girl who joins ISIS and the sister who tries to bring her home. Fact for Non-History People: When the girls’ mother thought their house was haunted, church leaders identified the source of…

  • The Sister by Sung-Yoon Lee

    The Sister by Sung-Yoon Lee

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Sister: Hell hath no fury like a dictator’s sister. Quick synopsis: A look at the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong. Fact for Non-History People: The official name of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It is neither a democracy nor a…

  • Fragile Cargo by Adam Brookes

    Fragile Cargo by Adam Brookes

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Fragile Cargo: Never has luggage been so exciting! Quick synopsis: The story of the race to save China’s imperial treasures before and during World War II. Fact for Non-History People: In 1860 British and French troops looted imperial treasures including a litter of Pekingese puppies. One was given to Queen Victoria…

  • Among the Bros by Max Marshall

    Among the Bros by Max Marshall

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Among the Bros: Bros being bros. Quick synopsis: The story of a drug ring centered around fraternity members at the College of Charleston. Fact for Non-History People: How ingrained is Greek life in America? Only 2% of the population is involved in Greek life but they make up 80% of Fortune…

  • Too Much Sea for Their Decks by Michael Schumacher

    Too Much Sea for Their Decks by Michael Schumacher

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Too Much Sea for Their Decks: Never go on a Great Lake in November. Quick synopsis: A look at shipwrecks on Lake Superior. Fact for Non-History People: Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world with 31,700 square miles of surface area. Fact for History Nerds: November shipwrecks on…

  • White House Wild Child by Shelley Fraser Mickle

    White House Wild Child by Shelley Fraser Mickle

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for White House Wild Child: Whoa, oh, sweet child o’Teddy. Quick synopsis: A look at the life of Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter (and renowned hellion) Alice Roosevelt. Fact for Non-History People: Teddy bears are named after Teddy Roosevelt because of his love of hunting. Fact for History Nerds: How “in demand” was Alice?…