Release Date: 2 October 2011
Director: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Production Co: Florentine Films
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary | History
This Ken Burns documentary illustrates the United States’ experiment with banning alcoholic beverages. The story is told in three parts.
Part I documents the adverse effect alcohol consumption had on…
Some of my favorite photos from our recent trip to Virginia are below. See the complete photo album on my website.
View of Duke of Gloucester Street from the Capitol Building.
For Spring Break, my son Peter and I traveled to Virginia to visit my mother and play tourist at Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, and Go-Karts Plus. It was three-day trip but it felt like we saw and learned a…
Never of me was a hero made;
Poets have never sung my praise,
Nobody crowned my brow with bays;
And if you ask me the fatal cause,
I answer only, “My name was Dawes”
'Tis all very well for the children to hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere;
But why should my name be quite forgot,
Who rode as boldly and well, God wot?
Why should I ask? The reason is clear —
My name was Dawes and his Revere.
When the lights from the old North Church flashed out,
Paul Revere was waiting about,
But I was already on my way.
The shadows of night fell cold and gray
As I rode, with never a break or a pause;
But what was the use, when my name was Dawes!
History rings with his silvery name;
Closed to me are the portals of fame.
Had he been Dawes and I Revere,
No one had heard of him, I fear.
No one has heard of me because
He was Revere and I was Dawes.
The Information is a sweeping historical / scientific / technological account of information across time and disciplines. From talking drums, language, DNA, telegraphs, and bytes to Claude Shannon, Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and…
Title: Where God Was Born
Publication Info: HarperAudio (2005)
Feiler’s book is a unique combination of travelogue, history, theology, and personal growth. Feiler documents his journeys to Israel, Iraq, and Iran to visit the sites of places mentioned in the Hebrew scriptures. There’s a lot of interesting discussion of the Israelites and the…
Author: Reza Aslan
Title: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Publication Info: Random House (2013)
I’ve not read a lot about the historical Jesus so this short summary of his life and times was engaging and enlightening. ”His times” is an important part of the title as few historical documents survive outside the scriptures (canonical and otherwise)…
Author: Amy S. Greenberg
Title: A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
Publication Info: Knopf (2012)
Like many Americans, I know very little about the Mexican War, which is a shame since what I learned from this one-volume history, we Americans keep repeating the same mistakes our nation made in this war. Greenberg writes a…
Believe it or not it’s been three years since I posted how much I hate Daylight Saving Time, and particularly the night in which we must “spring forward” the clock 1 hour. I’m not looking forward to waking up tomorrow and dragging myself through the day.
I’ve nothing new to write, but here are my previous four posts on the topic:
This wonderfully researched and well-written history, explores the making of Boston by focusing on the social and environmental factors that shaped the city, its human ecology. There are five sections of the book:
Photo of New Haven after the Blizzard of 1888.
Makes me think of two things:
1. All the people who say “OMG it’s snowing, what about global warming” (whether they’re serious or joking) need more historical perspective.
2. Look how clean that sidewalk is. Imagine if the priority today was to make sure that the city was a safe place to walk after the storm instead of just digging out cars.