Profile of Peter Bridges
Peter Bridges is a former ambassador to Somalia, and cofounder of the Elk Mountains Hikers Club in Colorado. He was born in New Orleans, grew up in Chicago, and studied at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. Aside from CLR, his articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in the “Christian Science Monitor,” “Foreign Service Journal,” “Los Angeles Times,” “Michigan Quarterly Review,” “Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London,” “Virginia Quarterly Review,” “Washington Times,” and elsewhere.
Articles written for the California Literary Review:
- Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward – by Charlyne Berens
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Biography, Non-Fiction Reviews, Politics
Some less than exhaustive research suggests that this book is a first: a campaign biography published by an academic press. The author is a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska, a public institution which is also the seat of the publisher.
- Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom byRobert C. Williams
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Biography, History, Non-Fiction Reviews
Horace Greeley is a familiar name, but how much do today’s Americans know about him? Most of us remember that he was an editor; that he said “Go west, young man!” What else? Much else, indeed.
- Dissonance: The Turbulent Days Between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer
Posted on 11 Apr 2007 in History, Non-Fiction Reviews
David Detzer’s new book “Dissonance” completes his trilogy about those fateful weeks and months of 1861, when the American republic was beginning to tear apart.
- How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies by Amy Knight
Posted on 10 Apr 2007 in History, Non-Fiction Reviews, Politics
Readers seeking to learn how the Cold War really began can bypass this book, since despite its title it will not tell them what they want to know.
- Beyond the Hedgerows of Cornwall
Posted on 26 Mar 2007 in Great Britain, History, Non-Fiction Reviews, Travel
It is of all the Celtic kingdoms the greenest and most beautiful. Palms, wisteria, and camellias grow in Cornish gardens. Bluebells and small wild orchids bloom beside the coastal path, that winds along meadow edges above the cliffs and surf.
- Jays, Films, and Georg Steller
Posted on 25 Mar 2007 in Biography, History, Nature, Non-Fiction Reviews, Russia, Science
O’Brian based Aubrey on a Royal Navy captain of two centuries ago, Thomas Cochrane. Lord Cochrane’s exploits were at least as great as those of the fictitious Aubrey, and hardly less than those of Britain’s greatest naval hero, Lord Nelson. But while O’Brian admitted that Cochrane was the inspiration for Aubrey, he did not tell us before he died in 2000 whether he had a real-life model for Maturin. The answer, I think, lies in the handsome bird that I see now beyond our sun room window.
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