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Review: Dead Wake

 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson Crown, 2015.  Hardcover, 448 pages. Published just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania disaster, Dead Wake is also Larson’s latest bestseller.  Instead of looking solely at the disaster from a military and political angle, Larson provides those and a social angle. …

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Review: American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution by Walter R. Borneman Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.  Hardcover, 480 pages. American Spring is an extremely detailed account of the first spring of the American Revolution (January-June, 1775).  In fact it essentially gives a play-by-play account of everything that occurred, including all of the key,…

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Substitutes Are the Most Flexible People You’ll Find

Many jobs today require a great deal of flexibility.  So how might one demonstrate this characteristic?  In my case, the best examples have come from my substitute teaching experiences (also addressed in an older post).  I thought I might discuss exactly how flexibility is demonstrated in substitute teaching.  Not only does it provide an insight…

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Review: Leaving Berlin

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon Atria Books, 2015.  Hardcover, 384 pages. Set in post-World War II Berlin, this spy thriller provides readers with a history lesson and unexpected twists and turns.  In early 1949, Jewish author Alex Meier returns to Berlin at the Soviet’s invitation.  Meier previously fled Germany in the mid-1930s not only because…