The Reject Pile, Mid-2017

Fortunately, it’s been a good year so far with respect to reading material. These two are the only Reject Pile candidates, and the second is a rather soft selection at that. The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con by Amy Reading 304 pages (I gave […]

Spies, World War II; Continent: Europe

Agent Zigzag: The True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre Action-packed and clever, but this bit of history has just enough “Hogan’s Heroes” to make you shake your head 364 pages (305 pages without Appendix and Notes) Who doesn’t love a spy story? Some of the best ones come from information […]

Book 1; Continent: Europe

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter 468 pages (402 pages of narrative content) Sure, see the movie. I enjoyed it. Then get a richer context for the Monuments Men through the detailed and insightful book. I’d been excited to see […]

Book 10; Continent: North America

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan 402 pages The bustling background noise of coffee shop or cafeteria sets the mood for this engaging story of the Manhattan Project’s fast-paced presence in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1903, a Tennessee mountain man by […]