And You Thought it Snowed a Lot this Winter? Not as Much as 1888.

In 1888, no one had radar or weather forecasts. Nothing told families spread out across the prairie that weather would be turning for the worse or if precipitation was incoming. On January 12, 1888, the northern plains of Minnesota, Dakotas and Nebraska experienced unseasonably warm weather. People flocked outside to work on outdoor projects after … Continue reading And You Thought it Snowed a Lot this Winter? Not as Much as 1888.

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Truman: A Less Than Famous President With an Infamous Legacy

Missouri born and bred, Harry S. Truman led a long and interesting life. Mostly known as the president who sent the order to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to put an end to World War II, Truman's life is a fascinating narration of the American life transitioning from the 19th into … Continue reading Truman: A Less Than Famous President With an Infamous Legacy

The Rise of the Russian Oligarchy and an American’s Journey Throughout It All

A few years after the fall of the Berlin wall, Boris Yeltsin became president of an independent Russia. His administration pursued a policy of converting government owned enterprises into privately, yet publicly owned companies. Russia issued "privatization vouchers" to citizens as ownership in these converted state-owned businesses. Typical Russians, however, had no experience or knowledge … Continue reading The Rise of the Russian Oligarchy and an American’s Journey Throughout It All

This Actually Happened: A Former President Nearly Died on an Amazonian Expedition to Map an Undiscovered River.

Theodore Roosevelt wanted to run for Presidential election. Agreeing previously to step aside to allow younger men to run, the former "Rough Rider" changed his mind and decided to seek a third term. Running as the candidate of the Progressive Party after losing the nomination to William Howard Taft in the Republican party, he felt … Continue reading This Actually Happened: A Former President Nearly Died on an Amazonian Expedition to Map an Undiscovered River.

Camping Survival, Solitude and the Amazing Journey of a Young Man

Luke and Sam both loved Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, a book of survival, ingenuity and solitude. A 13 year old boy survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, and begins a journey of survival and self discovery that everyone should read. If you'd like to buy our pick for the best camping and survival … Continue reading Camping Survival, Solitude and the Amazing Journey of a Young Man

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

Looking for an entertaining, yet true, riveting novel? Look no further than the story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. During the Vietnam War, Hathcock stalked,often behind enemy lines, harassing and demoralizing the enemy on his way to 93 confirmed kills. The legend of this amazing soldier is told quite professionally in Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills, … Continue reading Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

How Do You Build a Canal Before Power Equipment?

Before automobiles, the telephone, electricity or any large earth moving construction equipment of any kind, the United States undertook one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. They connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the country of Panama. https://youtu.be/wJ_W9gIH3WA In the same way that setting out to put a man on the moon was … Continue reading How Do You Build a Canal Before Power Equipment?

Summer Read Series: A Cyclist They Called “The Cannibal.”

In the annals of Professional Cycling, no one dominated the sport like Eddy Merckx. Before the controversies surrounding PED's, Eddy was crushing opponents, and doing it consistently, every week...until of course his insatiable appetite for success became his undoing. In professional baseball, Cy Young has what is considered an unbreakable record 511 career wins. Walter … Continue reading Summer Read Series: A Cyclist They Called “The Cannibal.”

This Book About a Horse Deserved a Trilogy of Movies, Not Just a Single Feature.

Is it really possible that a book about a horse should warrant a Hollywood movie? Absolutely Yes! And not only that, Laura Hillenbrand's blockbuster book deserves a trilogy. https://youtu.be/Yv6RnFTlu4I Seabiscuit, An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand is a #1 New York Times Bestseller about the most popular race horse in American history. Yeah, that sounds … Continue reading This Book About a Horse Deserved a Trilogy of Movies, Not Just a Single Feature.