The Barbary Wars

Dawn Like Thunder: The Barbary Wars and the Birth of the US Navy-Glenn Tucker (Amazon Kindle) The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World-Frank Lambert (Amazon hardcover) Ed. note: Dawn Like Thunder is one of the finest history books I’ve ever read. In lieu of a full review of the book–since I have nothing […]

Hockey Is Cool and Fun

I had had enough. Thanks to the NBA’s near-universal adoption of advanced analytics–and the concomitant idea that it was in teams’ best interest to push the pace and shoot endless three pointers–the game was already becoming a glorified track meet. Then, in its annual “Points of Education” prior to the 2018/19 season, the league informed […]

Book Commentary: The Philip K. Dick Reader

Philip K. Dick is best known outside of the literary community for things he inspired: Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall were all extremely successful movies based on his short stories, and Amazon’s hit show Man in the High Castle expanded upon what many consider the best science fiction book of all time. Yes, Dick […]

At What Cost?

John Dorsey’s press conference was awful. There was no way it couldn’t be. On the heels of the most inexcusable and embarrassing decision in franchise history–and that’s saying something!–the Browns GM stood at the podium and delivered a rambling, incoherent explanation for signing “troubled” (back to that word in a bit) running back Kareem Hunt. […]

A Novel Idea

I will be blunt: our country is woefully illiterate about and unappreciative of our founding documents and thinkers. There’s simply no other way to describe our collective feeling of helplessness over the actions of Donald Trump, and the concurrent idea that Trump’s ascendancy is a sign of the failure of our governmental architecture. This couldn’t […]

A Primer on Congressional Behavior

Whatever your political alignment, you’ve likely bemoaned many issues with the country today; issues that seemingly can’t be solved by uncoordinated actions of individuals. This impulse is understandable. It comes from a place of empathy: we see the suffering of others and want to stop it, but are powerless to do so on our own. […]

“Battle Cry”

I’m almost done with “Battle Cry of Freedom”, which is the fourth installment of the Oxford History of the United States. The book focuses on the Civil War, and like its predecessors, seamlessly flips between macro/strategic and micro/personal insights. McPherson did his homework and dug up some incredible quotes. This northern soldier’s account of battle […]