May 1, 2016

Review of Floodpath by Jon Wilkman

Review of Floodpath by Jon Wilkman Rating **** This story is about a dam collapse in 1928 and the aftermath. The disaster and subsequent investigation are well told and will keep you engaged. I did, however, find some of the background material a little slow. I’m not knocking the book for that. In nonfiction, background […]

Review of Collision Course

Review of Collision Course by Alvin Moscow Rating **** The appeal of disaster stories lies in the details of the how and why but also in learning about the people who are affected. Who was at fault? What steps could have been taken to avert tragedy? What were the consequences? Alvin Moscow attempts to answer […]

My Oscar pick for best documentary of 2015

Once again I had an opportunity to view all five nominated films. All of them were deserving; though, I’m sure I would have voted on Making a Murderer had that documentary series been nominated. First a brief introduction to each film: Amy – Directed by Asif Kapadia. This film tells the tragic story of Amy Winehouse. […]

Review of 13,760 feet

Review of 13,760 feet: My Personal Hole in the Sky by Mark L. Berry Rating ***** On July 17, 1996, TWA 800 experienced a center fuel tank explosion at 13,760 feet during its climb out of New York’s JFK airport. On board the flight was the author’s fiancé Susanne Jensen. Mark is also a pilot and […]

Divorce Corp and Kids for Cash

The goal of this site has always been to draw attention to deserving nonfiction books, films, and documentaries. A lot of what I recommend and write about deals with our broken justice system. Most of the time this involves stories of wrongful convictions, false confessions, unfair sentencing, and unequal rights for those without means. But […]

Review of The Witch of Lime Street

Review of The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher Rating *** 1/2 If you know anything about the life of Harry Houdini, then you know about his personal crusade to unmask those who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead. What I didn’t know, […]

Nancy Grace proves Steven Avery is innocent

I am not a fan of Nancy Grace. So when I heard that she was devoting an entire show to the Steven Avery case with the teaser that she was going to show the evidence the documentary left out, I thought I would watch with an open mind. Maybe there is important evidence that might help […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction 2015

Here is my list of the best nonfiction books, films, and documentaries that I have read or seen in 2015. Books In The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides Dead Wake by Erick Larson Missoula by John Krakauer Getting Life by Michael Morton The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Dateline Purgatory by Kathy Cruz Just Mercy […]

2015 is a banner year for nonfiction films

I’ve been quiet as far as my posts on this site are concerned. The demands of my schedule and my own projects have prevented me from posting as much as I would like. But that hasn’t stopped me from reading and seeing some great nonfiction stories. If you’re looking for some recommendations after seeing the […]

Review of Just Mercy

Review of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Rating ***** At the center of this story is the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillian and the author’s attempts to free him. Interspersed between that story are other stories of wrongful convictions and sad accounts of a broken justice system. Along the way the author touches on a number […]

Project Greenlight and how not to make a film

I’ll start off by saying that I love the concept of Project Greenlight, a behind the scenes series on the making of a feature film. I also think that HBO is the right vehicle to deliver that series. I was able to watch all eight episodes on demand followed by an on demand viewing of […]

A Wrongful Conviction in the Making

This is a story unlike any other that I’ve come across. If you type in the search phrase “wrongful convictions” in the search box on this site, you will see the numerous cases of wrongful convictions that I have covered. Some of the wrongfully convicted are freed. Some are still in prison (see the story […]

Review of The Wright Brothers

Review of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Rating ***** I took my first airplane ride at age fourteen and have been hooked on flying ever since. Now imagine taking your first airplane ride and being the only person in the world to have had that experience. This book takes the reader on a fascinating […]

Michael Morton’s Modern Day Classic

Review of Getting Life by Michael Morton Rating ***** I am a huge fan of shows like 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, 20/20, and Dateline. I never pass up an opportunity to watch one of these shows when they’re on. Such was the case when I happened upon the story of Michael Morton. Michael Morton was […]