Goodreads Review: The Battle for Beverly Hills

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity PoliticsThe Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics by Nancie Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’m always a sucker for books about California history, particularly when they relate the historical context back to California’s present challenges. This book did not disappoint! Although I was fairly familiar with Charlie Chaplin, I was much less familiar with Mary Pickford so it was a delight that the book focused in on Pickford’s life leading up to her involvement in the question of Beverly Hills annexation into the larger surrounding city of Los Angeles.

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Goodreads Review: The Man from the Train

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer MysteryThe Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Billed as what can only be termed a forensic true crime story, The Man From the Train is a must-read. The style of the book is very deliberately researched and therefore leans heavily on being a forensic analysis of the available documents dating back to the period between 1898 and 1912 when, Bill James convincingly argues, a serial killer road the rails through various states killing families in a signature fashion. Bill James doesn’t sensationalize but rather he lays out his and Rachel’s research for the reader to assess. He argues very strongly for his thesis but acknowledges early on that you, the reader, will have ample time to make your assessment.

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