Book Reviews: Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz


Author: Tony Horwitz Title: Midnight Rising Narrator: Dan Oreskes Publication Info: Macmillan Audio (2011) Previously read by same author: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War  Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before  A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World  Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia Summary/Review:…

Book Review: A Mercy by Toni Morrison


A Mercy (2008) is the latest novel by one of my favorite writers Toni Morrison.  Having read all of Morrison’s novels – except Paradise which I struggled through twice and still haven’t completed – I found it different from the rest of Morrison’s oeuvre, but I can’t put my finger on what.  I thought it…

Book Review: Rough Crossings by Simon Schama


Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution (2006) by Simon Schama (author of the excellent Dead Certainties) tells the story of people who found liberty at the time of American Revolution, but not from the Americans.  Enslaved blacks served in British regiments trading their loyalty to the king for promises of freedom (which…