A Night to Remember

A Night to RememberA Night to Remember by Walter Lord, Nathaniel Philbrick
Published by Holt Paperbacks on January 7th 2005
Pages: 208
ISBN: 0805077642
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four-half-stars

Such a riveting book about the sinking of the titanic. This book is full of tragedy : third class passengers being locked below, life boats not full, not enough life boats, ignored warnings about ice, massive loss of life, etc. But it was also about heroism. The band playing until the very end, the men who stayed behind to keep sending out SOS messages knowing that by doing so they would surely not survive. Walter Lord did an amazing amount of research in writing this book. He interviewed survivors and went over documentation in order to write this captivating book which was very hard to put down.

four-half-stars

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American RevolutionValiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published by Viking on May 10th 2016
Pages: 427
ISBN: 0525426787
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four-half-stars

Received from the Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Valiant Ambition was a very ambitious undertaking by Philbrick and he did not disappoint. I first read Philbrick’s work when my book club selected Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community and War. I was instantly hooked by that book and have recommended it many times. Needless to say, I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to read Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, adn the Fate of the American Revolution.

This book took me some time to get through. That does not mean it was a difficult read or a boring read but for me it was a meaty read. There is so much information in this book. A “must read” for History buffs, war buffs, battle buffs, Colonial Times bluff, etc.

So much research was put into this book. I did not know a quarter of what was in this book. Of course, I had heard of Benedict Arnold, but only so much as what was taught in my school history classes. Needless to say, I knew he was guilty of treason but I did not know the what, where, why or how of it. This book really breaks it down in a very clear detailed manner.

This book of course it about two men: Washington and Arnold. Battles and their importance are described. Again, I learned so much about the battles; or shall I say the importance of the battles, the defeats, the experience of being in battle, the egos, the greed, and the mood of the American People.

I don’t quite know how to describe this book without re-telling history. History that I learned about thanks to Philbrick’s research. I love books that cause me to think and feel. This book succeeded on both levels. I learned a GREAT deal. For me this book was an undertaking, due to the amount of information and the amount that I learned while reading this book.

I highly recommend this book.

four-half-stars