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The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (2015) - William McCants  (Grade:A)
The Curve (2016) - Cameron Stracher  (Grade:A+)
Graveyard Clay: Cré na Cille (1949) - Máirtín Ó Cadhain  (Grade:B+)
The Curve (2016) - Jeremy Blachman  (Grade:A+)
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball (2016) - Harry Turtledove  (Grade:A-)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - George Cruikshank  (Grade:B+)
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (2016) - Dario Fernandez-Morera  (Grade:A)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - Rudolph Erich Raspe  (Grade:B+)
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (2009) - Adrian Goldsworthy  (Grade:A)
Out Stealing Horses (2003) - Per Petterson  (Grade:A+)
A Voyage Around My Room (1795) - Xavier de Maistre  (Grade:B+)
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex (2015) - Michael Hitzlik  (Grade:A)
How the West Won : The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (2014) - Rodney Stark  (Grade:A+)
The Tatra Eagle (2012) - J. Victor Tomaszek  (Grade:A)
Rock Crystal (1845) - Adalbert Stifter  (Grade:A+)
Cato: A Tragedy (1713) - Joseph Addison  (Grade:A+)
Canaan (1996) - Geoffrey Hill  (Grade:A-)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1953) - Charles A. Lindbergh  (Grade:A+)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick  (Grade:A-)

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Compass marker 09/24/16:


John Marshall (1755-1835) was born in Fauquier County, VA on September 24, 1755.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, MN on September 24, 1896. Read Orrin's review of The Great Gatsby (1925)(Grade: B)


William H McGuffey (1800-1873) was born on September 23, 1800. His McGuffey Readers taught generations of Americans.


John Coltrane (1926-1967) was born in Hamlet, NC on September 23, 1926. Dryfoos and Geller both recommend Giant Steps (1960).


Bruce Springsteen was born in Asbury Park, NJ on September 23, 1949. Born in the U.S.A. was Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign theme song in 1984.


Stephen King was born in Portland, ME on September 21, 1947. Read Orrin's reviews of The Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)(Ill. by Bernie Wrightson)(Grade: C), Pet Sematary (1983)(Grade: C+), The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) (Grade: B), and The Green Mile (1997)(Grade: A-)


Herbert George (H. G.) Wells (1866-1946) was born in Kent, GB on September 21, 866. Read Orrin's review of The Invisible Man (1897) (Grade: A)


Charles Williams (1886-1945) was born on September 20, 1886. Read Orrin's review of Descent into Hell (1937)


William Golding (1911-1993) was born near Newquay, Cornwall on September 19, 1911. Read Orrin's review of Lord of the Flies (1954) (Grade: C)


Samuel Johnson (1709-84) was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire on September 18, 1709. Brothers Judd recommends his Dictionary of the English Language (1755) and Boswell's Life of Johnson.


Robert B. Parker (1932-) was born in Springfield, MA on September 17, 1932. Read Orrin's review of A Savage Place (1981)(Grade: A)


Ken Kesey (1935-) was born in La Junta, CO on September 17, 1935. Brothers Judd recommends his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962).


The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, was one of the bloodiest days in American history, with 23,000 casualties. Brothers Judd recommends William Safire's excellent Civil War novel, Freedom.


Hank Williams (1923-53) was born in Georgiana, AL on September 16, 1923. Brothers Judd recommends the biography Your Cheatin' Heart : A Biography of Hank Williams (Chet Flippo) and the album, Forty Greatest Hits of Hank Williams.


John Gay (1685-1732) was born on September 16, 1685. Read Orrin's review of The Beggar's Opera (1728)(Grade: A)


Francis Parkman (1823-1893) America's greatest Historian, was born on September 16, 1823. Read Orrin's review of The Oregon Trail (1847) (Grade: A+)


William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th President of the United States, was born in Cincinnati, OH on September 15, 1857.


Bernard MacLaverty (1942-) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 14, 1942. Brothers Judd recommends his novel Cal (1983) which was adapted into a very good movie version (1984) starring Helen Mirren.


General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948) was born in Linn County, MN on September 13, 1860.


Bill Monroe (1911-96) was born in Rosine, KY on September 13, 1911. He created the music genre that is named for his band The Blue Grass Boys. Brothers Judd recommends The Music Of Bill Monroe 1936-1994




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