Conagher: A Book Review


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Title: Conagher

Author: Louis L’Amour

Number of Pages: 133

What is this book about?

Conagher is one of Louis L’Amour’s best. The setting is southwestern Colorado in the late 1800’s at a time when our country is growing. Westward lies plenty of land and if a man or woman is willing to work hard and take risks the sky is the limit.

The main characters are Evie Teale and Con Conagher. Evie is a widow, who along with her stepson and stepdaughter, run an isolated stage stop. Con is a drifting cowhand who finds himself working for a small cattle ranch battling a larger outfit for control of both land and water. Circumstances throw the two together and they soon realize they have a lot in common.

Why should you read this book?

This story is authentic west and eloquently written by a premier story writer of our time, Louis L’Amour. Love, gunfights, fistfights and hard honest work all combine for a great read.

Question: Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it?

The Centurion Principles: A Book Review

Title: The Centurion Principles

Author: Jeff O’Leary COL/USAF/RET

Number of Pages: 238

What is this book about?

In this excellent read, Colonel O’Leary uses leaders from the front lines as examples to explain true leadership traits. Based on the decisions and actions of eleven different historic figures, his book examines effective leadership qualities in detail. Woven throughout the studies are the guiding principles of the typical Roman Centurion.

Why should you read this book?

Easy. Just look at our political leaders and CEO’s of today. Even if you do not aspire to lead it is good to know what to look for when deciding who to follow. Want to follow the only true and perfect leader? Then follow Jesus Christ.

Question: Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it?

American Beliefs: A Book Review

Title: American Beliefs

Author: John Harmon McElroy

Number of Pages: 226

What is this book about?

Ever stop to consider what drove the founding & settling of our nation? What keeps us together? What are our prominent beliefs? What makes us different from other countries? McElroy does a fantastic job of explaining what it is that makes Americans tick.

Why should you read this book?

In 2000, I moved my family to Naples, Italy where I was assigned to a NATO staff for a few years. The staff was made up of personnel from eight different countries. Many times I was asked to explain my beliefs as an American. During that time, I realized in a fresh way just how exceptional and blessed we are as Americans. In his book, McElroy breaks down what we intuitively know as Americans, but may have a hard time explaining to someone.

This book is a must read at any time, but especially now since America and its beliefs are under attack as never before. Get the book, study it – you will be glad you did. Then the next time someone asks what Americans believe, you can smile and say, “Glad you asked.”

Question: Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it?

Down the Great Unknown: A Book Review

Title: Down the Great Unknown

Author: Edward Dolnick
Number of Pages: 292

What is this book about?

The year is 1869 and ten rugged men leave Green River Station and travel one thousand river miles never really knowing what lay around the next bend in the river. They spend ninety-nine days navigating some of this country’s most dangerous waters. The leader of the group John Wesley Powell has only one arm. They are the first Americans to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and they did all this while facing backwards in open row boats!

Why should you read this book?

If US history and the winning of the west interest you then this is a great read about men who challenged the unknown and survived. Authentic and very detailed Mr. Dolnick does a fantastic job of bringing this true adventure to life. I highly recommend it.

Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it?