book review

Dr. Greer Reviews: And Yet by Christopher Hitchens

Mar 13, 2018
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The late Christopher Hitchens, considered one of the premiere essayists of our time, hit literary high notes in his best- selling books, Why Orwell Matters, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisoned everything, and Letters to a Young Contrarian.

This collection of essay, writings and musings entitled And Yet is an interesting and eclectic piece.

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Best selling thriller writer Don Brown recently sat down with Capt. Jerry Yellin, now 93 years old, to write about and tell the story of the final combat mission of World War II. A mission that took place nine days after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6th, 1945.

On August 14th, 1945 Lt. Yellin and his wing man Lt. Philip Schlamberg took off from Hiroshima to bomb Tokyo. Unknown to Yellin by the time he returned from their mission the war was officially over.

Dr. Robert Greer reviews The Gatekeepers

Jan 9, 2018

It’s often been said that the St. Peters of the world control the comings and goings of not just eternity, but they also control power. In his book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," Chris Whipple makes it clear that the White House Gatekeepers control not only access to the president, but they also clearly help define the presidents governing agenda.

Given the recent wrangling and consternation over the 2016 Presidential Election, I decided to go back and review just who scholars and historians consider to be the top 10 of our 45 U.S. Presidents. After looking at the list, I found Andrew Jackson ranked 9th highest among our past presidents. I decided to read about Jackson, since his name came up so often during the political debates surrounding the last election.

The first collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories published in 1850 included most of Poe’s notable literary pieces. The first complete collection of his works however, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was published in 1902.  I am lucky enough to have a rare 1935 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which is illustrated with 8 color plates.