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THE MAN WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

      You and I might never have known very much about Theodore Roosevelt if Garret Augustus Hobart hadn’t died. Roosevelt wouldn’t have changed Republican politics in the early 1900’s nor would have political puppeteer Mark Hanna angrily called him  “that damned cowboy” if Garret Augustus Hobart had lived a little longer. So, who was Garret Augustus Hobart?      Continue Reading »

THE REVOLT THAT CHANGED THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

The invaders had been brutal. They turned the population into slaves. Those who weren’t slaves were taxed on anything of value. When there were objections, they chopped off the right foot of every man over 15. Worst of all, they trashed the fundamental religious beliefs ingrained in each person and forced the natives to worship  Continue Reading »

A BUMBLED BRAZILIAN BOMBARDMENT

  Watching the Olympic games from Brazil on television and witnessing the dedicated athletes and the beauty of the country seems to wash away all the Olympic media controversies and scandals. All this Brazilian imagery brought to mind a Brazilian adventure experienced by a man, who became the most famous sailor in recent history, Captain  Continue Reading »

EL NINO IS NOT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE

In a hot, dusty, field in Guyana, workers  desperately dig to clear water ditches, so that what precious little water there is gets where it is needed. This year’s El Nino  is not only disappointing Southern Californians,  where I live, but it is causing real damage to South Americans. A few of our Listen2Read audiobooks  Continue Reading »

TWO BIG MISTAKES THAT ALMOST KILLED JACK LONDON DURING “THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK”

Jack London made two big mistakes during his “Cruise of the Snark” adventure.  Either mistake could have caused London, his wife Charmian and their crew to perish at sea. The first mistake was trust. Roscoe Eames and his wife raised Charmian London, Jack’s second and much loved wife, into womanhood and Roscoe and Charmian were  Continue Reading »

HOW NATIVE AMERICANS WERE PUSHED ACROSS THE RIVER

    Whenever I publish a historic adventure audiobook, I include an AFTERWARD, so that the listener can place the events in a historical perspective. For this reason, I was reviewing American history about the Louisiana Purchase for my new audiobook, “A Tour On The Prairies,” by Washington Irving, the first famous American author. “A  Continue Reading »

A LAST MINUTE DECISION THAT MADE AMELIA EARHART FAMOUS

On March 22, 1927, Charles Lindberg became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe. He was an instant national hero. While there were many pioneering woman pilots at the time, most people seemed to believe that aviation was a man’s profession.     Amy Phipps Guest disagreed.  Continue Reading »

THE DOOMED WHALESHIP ESSEX AND THE DOOMED “MOBY DICK”

Ron Howard has just directed a new major motion picture based on the book ” In The Heart of The Sea,” by Nathaniel Philbrick. It is a retelling of the famous sea tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, in 1820, when a giant 80-foot whale became angry at the whaleship and attacked it, bashing in the  Continue Reading »