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Monday, July 18, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? First Entrepreneur

 It's Monday, What are You Reading?
First Entrepreneur: 
How George Washington Built His - and the Nation’s - Prosperity
by Edward G. Lengel

This post is the one-hundred and fourteenth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This is the second of the two books on my Wish List that Nancy got me for my birthday, from Amazon…this one in Print Edition. Should be a fun read! ;-)

Book Description from Amazon:

George Washington was not only “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”—he was also America’s most important entrepreneur.

Editorial Reviews from Amazon:

Praise for First Entrepreneur

"First Entrepreneur is an almost magical book. It deftly tells the little known story of George Washington’s life as a man of business and simultaneously convinces us that his vision of a commercial nation creating a community of interests between all parts of America was (and still is) the key to our survival as a nation. Edward Lengel has added a new dimension to Washington’s greatness."—Thomas Fleming, author of The Great Divide

"Edward Lengel, who knows George Washington inside and out, has authored a thoughtful, carefully researched, and gracefully written account of the founder as a businessman. Mention Washington and the picture that comes to mind is that of a soldier and statesman. But, as Lengel demonstrates, Washington was a bold, risk-taking, innovative, calculating, and, above all, successful investor and entrepreneur. Lengel shows how Washington brought his business and managerial skills to his roles as commander of the Continental Army and the presidency and how they helped him succeed in those capacities. This is an excellent and illuminating book that deserves to be read."—John Ferling, author of Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

"In this original, lucid, and accessible study, Edward Lengel deploys his mastery of George Washington's vast correspondence to reveal a surprising yet highly significant side to his character. He shows how the energy, realism, and willingness to innovate that typified Washington's approach to his own business ventures was transferred, with momentous consequences, when he led America in war and peace. First Entrepreneur provides a fascinating portrait of an inveterate micro-manager whose hands-on experience taught him that commerce was the strongest cement for bonding the newly United States."—Stephen Brumwell, author of George Washington: Gentleman Warrior

Kirkus Reviews, 12/15/15
"[Lengel] organically traces the evolution of Washington's free market thinking through his first and second presidential terms: building a national economy, encouraging domestic manufacturing, establishing a central bank, and developing a sense of unity of purpose. A deeply researched and nicely handled biography."

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? The First Congress

It's Monday, What are You Reading?
The First Congress: 
How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government 
by Fergus M. Bordewich

This post is the one-hundred and thirteenth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This is one of two books on my Wish List that Nancy got me for my birthday, from Amazon…this one in Kindle Edition, which I read on my iPad Mini. Therefore, I read this book in bits and pieces between other reading of news articles from many sources, Facebook, and my two games. I’m only a couple of chapters in but am already seeing that the arguments on the floor of Congress in those first few days of trying to create a government out of the approved Constitution are over many of the same issues and the same approaches now, as then. Oh, my! ;-) I am really not surprised, of course. Different folks see the same issues differently, depending on their individual viewpoints and agendas. That has not changed, and will not change, in a democratic republic - long may it live!!! ;-)

Book Description from Amazon:

The little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789–1791.

The First Congress was the most important in US history, says prizewinning author and historian Fergus Bordewich, because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed—as many at the time feared it would—it’s possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today.

The Constitution was a broad set of principles. It was left to the members of the First Congress and President George Washington to create the machinery that would make the government work. Fortunately, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and others less well known today, rose to the occasion. During two years of often fierce political struggle, they passed the first ten amendments to the Constitution; they resolved bitter regional rivalries to choose the site of the new national capital; they set in place the procedure for admitting new states to the union; and much more. But the First Congress also confronted some issues that remain to this day: the conflict between states’ rights and the powers of national government; the proper balance between legislative and executive power; the respective roles of the federal and state judiciaries; and funding the central government. Other issues, such as slavery, would fester for decades before being resolved.

The First Congress tells the dramatic story of the two remarkable years when Washington, Madison, and their dedicated colleagues struggled to successfully create our government, an achievement that has lasted to the present day.
Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, July 4, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Five Presidents

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Five Presidents: 
My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin

This post is the one-hundred and twelveth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This fine book was a recent gift from my daughter, Allison. I’m really looking forward to a view of these five presidencies from this perspective.

Book Description from Amazon:

A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:
-Eisenhower’s reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev’s refusal to talk following the U-2 incident
-The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training
-Johnson’s virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests
-His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate
-The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider’s perspective, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence

It's Monday, What are You Reading? 
Mapping the Road to American Independence 1755-1783
by Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen

This post is the one-hundred and eleventh entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This fine book was a recent gift from my daughter, Annette. It is a excellent reference but also an interesting read. Many of the maps were made by British engineers during their ‘occupation’ of America during this period - a different point of view; always of value.

Book Description from Amazon:

The spectacular legacy and importance of early American cartographers.
Historians of the Revolutionary War in America have been fortunate in their resources: few wars in history have such a rich literary and cartographic heritage. The high skills of the surveyors, artists, and engravers who delineated the topography and fields of battle allow us to observe the unfolding of events that ultimately defined the United States.
When warfare erupted between Britain and her colonists in 1775, maps provided graphic news about military matters. A number of the best examples are reproduced here, including some from the personal collections of King George III, the Duke of Northumberland, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Other maps from institutional and private collections are being published for the first time. In all, sixty significant and beautiful cartographic works from 1755 to 1783 illustrate this intriguing era.
Most books about the Revolution begin with Lexington and Concord and progress to the British surrender at Yorktown, but in this rich collection the authors lay the groundwork for the war by also taking into account key events of the antecedent conflict. The seeds of revolution were planted during the French and Indian War (1755–1763), and it was then that a good number of the participants, both British and rebel, cut their teeth. George Washington took his first command during this war, alongside the future British commanding General Thomas Gage.
At the Treaty of Paris, the French and Indian War ended, and King George III gained clear title to more territory than had ever been exchanged in any other war before or since. The British military employed its best-trained artists and engineers to map the richest prize in its Empire. They would need those maps for the fratricidal war that would begin twelve years later. Their maps and many others make up the contents of this fascinating and beautiful book.
60 maps

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Montana Women Homesteaders

Montana Women Homesteaders: 
A Field of One’s Own 
Edited by Sarah Carter

This post is the one-hundred and tenth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This has been sitting on my wife’s book shelf for several years. She handed it to me when she heard me say I was enjoying the Colorado Women Climbers book. Guess it is time to check it out! ;-)

Book Description from Amazon:

In Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own, author and historian Sarah Carter introduces the voices and images of women who filed on 160- or 320-acre homestead plots in Montana.
Single, widowed, divorced, or deserted, women varied in ages, educational levels, and ethnic backgrounds, but all proved up on their homesteads.
In published accounts, scrapbooks, personal reminiscences, and photographs, the women recorded their remarkable journeys.
Carter reveals inspiring stories filled with joy, tragedy, and redemption. 
Silver medal, WILLA Literary Awards, scholarly nonfiction, 2010
For more information, visit

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, June 6, 2016

It's Monday, What are You Reading? The Magnificent Mountain Women

It's Monday, What are You Reading?
The Magnificent Mountain Women:
Adventures in the Colorado Rockies
by Janet Robertson
This post is the one-hundred and ninth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories] (1990 edition)(I read) (2003 2nd Edition)

This has been sitting on my shelf for years, picked up in Colorado at the bookstore one year.
Good read… shouldn’t have waited so long!! ;-)

Book Description from Amazon:

1st Edition:
Adventures in the Colorado Rockies. Lively well illustrated book on women climbers, skiers, hikers, guides, doctors, etc. in the 54 Colorado peaks.

2nd Edition:
Since the Pikes Peak gold rush in the mid–nineteenth century, women have gone into the mountains of Colorado to hike, climb, ski, homestead, botanize, act as guides, practice medicine, and meet a variety of other challenges, whether for sport or for livelihood. Janet Robertson recounts their exploits in a lively, well-illustrated book that measures up to its title, The Magnificent Mountain Women. Arlene Blum provides a new introduction to this edition.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House by Connie Corcoran Wilson - Review

Obama's Odyssey:The 2008 Race for the White House by Connie Corcoran Wilson - Review

Obama's Odyssey

Publisher:† Quad City Press (September 3, 2015)
Category:†U.S. Federal Government, 21st Century, Politics
ISBN-13: 978-0692527382
Tour Date: April/May
Available in: Print and ebook, 282 Pages

Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest control of the Republican nomination for their party. All ran for President in a wide-open free-for-all following the end of George W. Bush's 8 years in office. Author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, a veteran reporter for five newspapers and numerous blogs, followed the candidates from the Iowa caucuses all the way through to the convention (Volume I) and, after that, from the convention through the tumultuous presidential campaign itself (Volume II), until President Barack Obama's Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009 (covered in Volume II). Writing as a member of the Yahoo Content Contributors' Network, retired sixty-something schoolteacher Wilson set off on an adventurous odyssey of her own that earned her the title 2008 Content Producer of the Year for Politics with 1,000 articles that garnered over three million hits. Filing three articles daily from the field, her adventures inside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, the Belmont Town Hall Meeting in Nashville or elsewhere (Florida, Nevada, etc.) are detailed, insightful and, at times, humorous. The parallels and insights gleaned from following the presidential campaign in 2008 provide useful background material for the presidential race of 2016 now underway--with some of the same candidates that ran 8 years ago in the field again today. Never one to ignore an amusing anecdote or photo, the quotes, facts and polling data are only one small component of an engrossing read with multiple pictures that sum up the end of an era in presidential campaigns as the use of the Internet and the increasing importance of money in campaigning are clearly cataloged. If you are a Progressive, Independent or simply a Democrat with a sense of humor, this book is for you! An entertaining, informative and relevant slice of recent history.

Praise for Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson

"Not many people get to have a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on in a campaign. And, sometimes when we do read accounts, they are partisan. This book is different. The author travels as a reporter, covering different candidates, in different locales, letting us into those grueling, exciting days in 2008. This is a collection of live articles written by a reporter covering the possibility of the first woman President and the first Black President."-Sharon A. Mitchell, Amazon Reviewer
"I loved this and can't wait for Wilson's next great project." - †Rose Richmond, Yahoo Contributor "The election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 was politically startling. It captured the imagination of a nation in a way that no other political event ever did or ever will.... As his double term as President of the United States comes to an end, there is no better time to reacquaint oneself with Obama's campaign trail, one of the most unbelievable sojourns in American history."- Bonnie McGrath, Chicago lawyer, Blogger, †and award-winning journalist

About Connie Corcoran WilsonConnie Corcoran Wilson

Connie Corcoran Wilson is the award winning author of 'The Color Of Evil' series and the 'Hellfire and Damnation' Series. Book 3,†'Khaki=Killer' was named one of the Top Indie Thrillers of 2015 in the Dec./Jan. issue of Shelf Unbound magazine from among 12,000+ entries and one of her children's books was named one of the Best† Books of 2014 by the Chicago Writers' Association, while the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Press Women named Wilson their Silver Feather winner in 2012 and 2014. Wilson†is a University of Iowa grad in Journalism and English†(additional study at Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Chicago and Berkeley)†and a college professor with 6 decades†of writing experience. She has written for 5 newspapers and many†blogs, founded†3 businesses, plays 4 musical instruments, and has 2 children (born 19 years apart). She followed the '04, '08 and '12 presidential campaigns "live" for Yahoo, which named her its Content Producer of the†Year for Politics in 2009.†She is sometimes referred to as T.Q. (Trivia Queen) from her misspent hours in the British Pub Quiz room on AOL. She blogs at and maintains 4 ongoing fiction series while also†writing about†nonfiction subjects.(politics and movies). Connie†also has 7-year-old twin granddaughters who are great fun and for whom and with whom she writes the Christmas Cats series (

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Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson

My Review:

If you are looking for a raw daily look at a political campaign from a reporter often right on the ground at caucuses and primary voting, this book is for you. As a Yahoo Content Contributor, Wilson blogged regularly at the Iowa Caucuses and at the Florida Primary. Other of her information often was reported, vote and delegate count data, for example, directly from contemporaneous CNN reports. Wilson also adds commentary, from time to time, from an unabashedly Obama supporter point of view. This is refreshing reporting, on the one hand. It can be viewed as biased reporting, by some. It didn’t really bother me, because I understood her intent and interests. Personal background information is also added, generously, in her daily reports. We learned, for example, how and for whom her father voted in earlier Iowa caucuses in years long past.

If you are looking for a clean, well edited narrative with all the details of the 2008 Primary Election circuit, you will be disappointed. That is not what this volume is about. This is virtually a download of her daily upload to the Yahoo blog, with virtually no editing of content. It is rare to get this kind of inside look, both at the primary process and at the Yahoo blogging process, as well.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this volume, once I was clear what I was reading. Often there were big breaks in the reporting, especially on election nights. We would learn all about the buildup to the night, and then often jump to the next week’s activities, without a report of the outcome of the first election. That is understandable, of course, if you were an election junkie, reading this blog. You would be following the election results, yourself on CNN or MSNBC, and didn’t need those re-reported in the blog the next day. With that understanding, I was able to continue on, enjoying the next set of ‘on-scene’ reports.

With these caveats, I recommend the book highly.

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)