Saturday, May 16, 2015

Warren G. Harding

by John W. Dean

I don't have much to say about this biography, one of The American Presidents series. Harding has long been a contender for the title of Worst American President. The Teapot Dome scandal which surfaced after his death, the suppression of his personal papers, as well as a tell-all book accusing him of fathering a child with a mistress contributed to an image of Harding as a charismatic puppet, controlled by political cronies. Mr. Dean, after actually studying Harding's writings and career, begs to differ. He presents Harding as an intelligent, competent executive who, while not perfect, certainly managed to honestly carry out the duties of the President of the United States. Despite my common complaint that the book is too short, (where have all the meaty biographies gone?) I enjoyed reading it.

Check it out
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Monday, May 04, 2015

White Night

by Jim Butcher

I found this volume--nine in the series--more enjoyable than the last few books. The low-level magic practitioners of Chicago are being targeted by a serial killer who is very good at covering his (or her?) tracks. Harry Dresden tries to save the potential victims and find the killer, all while being hampered by the usual roadblocks he tends to encounter. You may want to check it out.

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