Archives for December 2013

Book Review: Miami, A Survivor’s Tale, by Frank Abrams

Frank Abrams relates, in stark detail, how Miami, once a safe and pleasant tourist mecca for northerners seeking relief from winter ice and snow, became a noisy, polluted, crowded, gridlocked, politically corrupt and crime-ridden dystopia in two generations. Abram’s style is folksy and anecdotal. The anecdotes come one after another in rapid succession and result […]

Book Review: The Carthaginians by Dexter Hoyos

The Carthaginians is the most thoroughly researched and comprehensive book I have read about the Carthaginian civilization and its history. Dexter Hoyos draws upon both archeology and ancient writings to produce as complete a portrait of ancient Carthage and it’s sphere of influence as possible, and in so doing he dispels or brings into question […]

The Widow’s Husband, by Tamim Ansary

The Malik, the Malang, and the Farengi Afghanistan, graveyard of empires. I’ve visited it from time to time in the company of Rudyard Kipling, M.M. Kaye, Joseph Kessel, and James Michener, but this was the first time I have visited it in the company of an Afghan novelist, Tamim Ansary, who has an insider’s knowledge […]

Book Review: We, Monsters by Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is a highly talented writer whom I met in one of my writer’s groups. No one excels at writing eloquently about the seamy side of life like a Russian writer, and Zarina Zabrisky follows deftly in the footsteps of Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn. In We, Monsters Zabrisky valiantly explores the pathos and […]

Scipio Africanus, Rome’s Greatest General

Richard Gabriel is a military historian and his strength lies in his thorough understanding of military history, strategy, tactics and logistics. In Scipio Africanus Gabriel thoroughly analyses Scipio’s military campaigns in Spain and Africa and gets into details that will fascinate students of military history. For example he shows that, based on logistics it would […]