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(Review) Theodore Roosevelt and The Making of American Leadership by Jon Knokey

Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Nonfiction, Theodore Roosevelt biography, American history, Spanish-American War
Pages: 512
Source: Free copy from Jon Knokey and Author Marketing Experts in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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Website for book: Making of American Leadership. 

In the preface, the casket of Abraham Lincoln is in route through New York City. It will journey through several states on its way to Illinois for burial. People gather beside the roads to pay their respects to the fallen 16th president. Young Theodore Roosevelt, and his brother, Elliott, are spectators of the funeral procession. Their view is from a second floor window. They are viewing a critical moment in American history. Later, Theodore will spark his own pivotal moments in history. Theodore was an unlikely leader, he had health problems as a youth, and he was known as an arrogant fellow in college. Further, he came from…

(Review) Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide To Elegant Lettering by Judy Detrick

Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Genre: Nonfiction, Calligraphy
Pages: 96
Source: Free copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Art journaling and penmanship has become popular. On Pinterest, boards have been created in order to share and help those of us who are apart of this artistic community.
Back in high school I took Art I. In this class I learned calligraphy. I have loved this art ever since.
Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide is a basic study of the art, and a stepping stone to further study.
The focus is on italic, small lettering, punctuation, and capital letters.
The first section of the book is on the tools needed.
The last section in the book gives ideas for calligraphy uses.
Other types of lettering is introduced.

My Thoughts:
Simply Calligraphy has two strong elements:

The book is easy to read and understand. The information is clear and concise. Just the right amount of information is…

(Review) The Voyage of Odysseus, The Adventures of Odysseus Volume 5 by GLYN ILIFFE

Publication Date: March 11, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Greek Mythology
Pages: 538
Source: Free ebook copy from Glynn Iliffe
Rating: 5 stars for excellent---fabulous

Glyn Iliffe Website

Amazon, The Voyage of Odysseus, Volume 5
Amazon, The Oracles of Troy, Volume 4
Amazon, The Armour of Achilles, Volume 3
Amazon, The Gates of Troy, Volume 2
Amazon, King of Ithaca, Volume 1
Links for further reading:
Ancient History Encyclopedia
Greek Mythology

The Voyage of Odysseus is the story of Odysseus and Eperitus's long voyage home after the Trojan War. During the journey home to Ithaca they encounter islands with strange creatures and humans inhabiting: Cicones, Lotus-Eaters, Cyclops, Laestrygonians, Sirens, and Circe. Some of these creatures tear apart and eat humans; and some want body and mind control of the men. At the beginning, there are twelve ships, but the peril at sea, dangers on the islands, and power struggles among the m…

(Review) The Sons of Godwine, Part Two of The Last Great Saxon Earls by Mercedes Rochelle

Publication Date: March 7, 2016
Publisher: Sergeant Press
Genre: Historical fiction, British history, middle ages
Pages: 346
Source: Free paperback copy from Mercedes Rochelle in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 stars for good


Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King’s most trusted adviser, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor’s death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn’t particularly proud of. Unfortunately, those closest to him sometimes paid the price of his fame. This is a story of Godwine’s family as told from the viewpoint of Harold and his younger brothers. Queen Editha, known for her V…