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December 9th, 2017 No comments

December 7, 1775  — John Paul Jones was appointed as a 1st Lieutenant of the newly converted 24-gun frigate Alfred in the Continental Navy.

December 7, 1941 — Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor


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Book Review: An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic

December 8th, 2017 No comments

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by [Mendelsohn, Daniel]

While mothers are a child’s “safe space,” fathers — contrary to their current oafish pop culture stereotype ala Homer Simpson — are all too often familial labyrinths.  I guess it’s easier to make fun of something than admit you can’t really figure it out.  Daniel Mendelsohn’s paternal “odyssey” uses the other famous Homer’s epic as a template to get a measure of the kind of man his father really was.  If you’re a fan of The Odyssey (and I am), this book is an intriguing and enlightening look at both a classic of literature and the tangled relationships between fathers and sons.  (5 of 5 stars)

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On Writing: Gustave Flaubert

December 4th, 2017 No comments
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December 2nd, 2017 No comments

November 30, 1782 — The British sign a preliminary agreement in Paris, recognizing American independence.



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Book Review: The First Air War: 1914-1918

December 1st, 2017 No comments

The First Air War: 1914-1918 by [Kennett, Lee]

Only a decade or so after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the airplane went to war, which proves that when motivated by self-preservation government can move rather quickly.  While most of us pilots have a rather myopic view of the importance of the duels in the air by the likes of Rickenbacker and von Richtofen, Lee Kennett puts aviation’s role in the “War to End All Wars” into proper perspective as more of a supporting player–but certainly one that would quickly move to center stage just two decades later.  (4 of 5 Stars)

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