My late wife once told me I was the only guy she ever dated who was interested in both ballet and baseball. I guess that reflects my far-reaching interests — in life as well as in books. Hence, I mostly read non-fiction: biographies, history, politics... books from which I can expand my knowledge. Every now and then I pick up a novel, mainly to relax my mind and have fun. If it's a historical novel, I still learn something. These are my favorites.
by Tom Clancy
Kim Laird from Lansing, MI says:
The classic Tom Clancy novel, a wonderful thriller, part mystery about a Russian who reluctantly has to leave his country. I think it is about the story of a great patriot, who knew that his country was going down a path of horrible destruction. He takes this course to save his country, but winds up in exile. Lovely story, full of great military details and the life of a submarine crew.
by James Clavell
Jason Seiden says:
Want to know what politics look like in the real world? This is it. Set in feudal Japan in 1600, this saga uses an epic time in history to highlight timeless political principles such as saving face, mutual interest, and shadow desires.
by James A. Michener
Jon Christensen from Lehi, Utah says:
A spectacular adventure through the ages of Israel from the simple beginnings to the devastating modern wars as you venture up and up through an archaeological dig site. You get to meet and love characters from every historical era, and you can even learn a little history while you're at it. Truly a monumental piece of fiction.
by E. M. Nathanson
Much different than the movie. This war book is basically a redemption story, both for Major Riesman and those under his command. As in life, not all are able to rise to the challenge and give in to their weaknesses.
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About Hal Steinberg
I was born and raised in New York City, moved to Washington D.C. in 1981 to help make the world a better place, and I'd like to think I've been somewhat successful. I'm also the father of the young man who developed this web site so I guess I could say that without me... you wouldn't be here.
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