Review | The Origins of Political Order – Francis Fukuyama

About the Book  Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted,…

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Review | How to Be a Dictator – Frank Dikötter

About the Book Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. A tyrant who can compel his own people to acclaim him will…

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Review | Hitler: A Biography – Ian Kershaw

About the Book “The Hitler biography of the twenty-first century” (Richard J. Evans), Ian Kershaw’s Hitler is a new, distilled, one-volume masterpiece that will become the standard work. From Hitler’s origins as a failed artist in fin-de-siecle Vienna to the terrifying last days in his Berlin bunker, Kershaw’s richly illustrated biography is a mesmerizing portrait of how…

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Review | Ten Caesars – Barry S. Strauss

About the Book In this essential and “enlightening” (The New York Times Book Review) work, Barry Strauss tells the story of the Roman Empire from rise to reinvention, from Augustus, who founded the empire, to Constantine, who made it Christian and moved the capital east to Constantinople. During these centuries Rome gained in splendor and…

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Review | The Obsidian Psalm – C.W. Snyder

About the Book Betrayed by those he trusted. Resurrected by a man he should loathe. A head full of memories he didn’t make. Rook is forced into a bargain that might kill him if he refuses, and if he accepts, could mean the end of existence. Trapped in a shadow war between necromancers, his choices…

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Information | Of Honey and Wildfires

I’ve had a few people tell me recently that they’d like a place to point people if/when they ask about my upcoming book and I realized that in all the craziness of this pandemic and the local (frequent) earthquakes and etc, I’ve totally forgotten to write something up (I *fail* at publicity). So… here it…

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Onslaught of Madness – Jesse Teller

About the Book The Drine war machine needs to be constantly fed and has turned its sights on Tienne. Warlord Rextur devoted his life to planning this invasion, so how did he lose the element of surprise? And who is this emerging rival Peter Redfist? He can’t be much of a problem. The god of…

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Books I’ve Edited That You Need to Read

Well, this started out as a Facebook post, but then I realized it was too long and it really should be its own blog post. So, here I am. I just finished editing a book. I’m going to go through my list of stuff to research before I send the manuscript back, and I got…

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ANNOUNCEMENT | PUBLICATION DATE CHANGE

Due to the fact that I’m just drowning in life right now, I’ve pushed back the publication of Of Honey and Wildfires by a month. Now it will drop on April 28. I just have too much going on. I’m so bogged down in editing work that I haven’t had time to work on my…

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I want to talk about COVID-19

So, here’s the deal. COVID-19 (the coronavirus) is going around, and people are either freaked out, or making fun of the people who are freaked out. Now, I realize that this is supposed to be a book blog, for reviews and yammering about my writing and whatever else, but I want to take some time…

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