Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton, starts out with the author stating she will not be writing another book about Mr. Lincoln, when in fact, she writes a ton about him. The writing reads like a dry history book. The author focuses on Mrs. Lincoln’s spending habits and what society ‘might’ have thought or what she ‘might’ have thought about society.
There are better books which cover Mrs. Lincoln, and are more enjoyable to read. If you are into dry, cardboard history books this would be the book for you. To say I was disappointed in this book, is an understatement. I caught myself lost in thought several times while trying to stay focused on the content.
I bought the book 2nd hand and am glad I did not pay full price for it.
There are a few interesting tidbits through-out but are hard to find. The reader is easily lost in the who is cousin to who, who is married to who’s sister and such. Overall, this book is difficult to follow.
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Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Richard Rhodes hit the mark with his book Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made. Rhodes has provided a glimpse of history which has been ignored for far too long. The prequel to WWII, The Spanish Civil War was more of a testing war for Hitler, at the expense of the Spanish citizens.
Rhodes has taken his time and tracked down first hand accounts of this war. It is this which makes this book worth reading. Some history writers fill pages with so much detail or strategic information the reader gets bored. There is nothing boring about this book. There are lessons to be learned here and much to understand.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the time leading up to WWII. I also feel this book should be read in High School due to the historical content.
Special Thanks to The Reading Room for sending this book to me after I entered a giveaway.
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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lilly Koppel, the author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (Harper 2008), has done it again! Her book, The Astronaut Wives Club, is an amazing journey back into a time when Squares stayed square and men walked on the moon.
The A. W. C. as some of the women called themselves. starts off with a list of all the wives, beginning with The Mercury Seven and ending with The Nineteen. Several first hand accounts are told with wit and kindness by Koppel.
The book details how each woman struggled with the celebrity status of being an Astronaut’s wife, NASA, husbands absences, Cape Cookies, (the women who ruined several marriages)children, and unthinkable tragedies while upholding a pristine imagine of a 1950’s house wife. NASA instructed these women to refrain from adding any stress to their husbands while they were training for Space. These women, who on the outside were Proud, Thrilled and Happy, (Their motto) where able to band together and support each other behind closed doors.
Each woman was followed by a reporter from Life magazine, per NASA’s instructions. These reporters were with them from the moment their husbands became Astronauts to when they left NASA or died. Their day to day life was captured in photos for the world to see. But, the real stories where never told to the public. Koppel has captured many of these in her book.
If want to know more about these amazing women, who were the backbone of the Space Race, pick up a copy of this book.
Special thanks to Tiffany Sanchez and Hachette Book Group for sending this fantastic work of art to me.
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