Nobody Speak quick take

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press written by Brian Knappenberger Rating ***** Let me start with a brief introduction. This is a review site. Writing helpful reviews takes time. Sometimes my schedule doesn’t permit me the time I need to write a thorough review, even though I saw or read something that I would […]

EverythingNonfiction gets a rebranding

I’ve been writing reviews of nonfiction books, films and documentaries for eight-plus years. I average about 25 to 35 visitors a day. Yet in eight years I’ve only managed to attract 61 Facebook followers and 51 Twitter followers. That is downright pitiful. So, I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to get more followers. I […]

Review of American Fire

Review of American Fire by Monica Hesse Rating **** A serial arsonist is on the loose in a small town in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Who is responsible? What is the motive? When and how will they be caught? These are some of the questions that American Fire attempts to answer. This story […]

All the President’s yes men

A month ago Trump had his first cabinet meeting. The meeting was memorable not for any substance but because of the way each cabinet member took turns heaping praise on their boss. The best president in history. Next we have the new White House Communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, who takes the term “yes man” to a […]

A couple of streaming suggestions

The Defiant Ones Directed by Allen Hughes Rating ***** I have two very good recommendations for your streaming queue. First up is the four part HBO documentary The Defiant Ones. This documentary takes a look at the two men behind the insane Beats music deal with Apple – Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The documentary […]

Walter White writes a memoir

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston Rating ***** The best films are those that have strong writing, directing, and acting. Of the three, my opinion is that the writing is the most important. A director can’t direct and an actor can’t act without someone first putting the story down on paper. The television series […]

Review of Apollo 8

Review of Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger Rating ***** As I write this review, the picture Earth Rise, taken on the Apollo 8 mission, hangs above my desk. I have had the framed picture for years. Now, after reading the excellent account of the flight […]

The coming economic storm

So, the stock market is trading at record levels. Unemployment is at record lows. What could possibly go wrong? How about an economic collapse worse than the 2007 – 2009 S&P 500 50% decline. Why do I have such a pessimistic outlook when everything looks so rosy? Let’s just say I’ve seen this movie before. […]

Review of Beyond the Call

Review of Beyond the Call: The true story of one WWII pilot’s covert mission to rescue POWs on the Easter Front written by Lee Trimble. Rating *** A good way to understand monumental events like WWII is by reading the personal stories of those who were there. This book tells the story of Robert Trimble, […]

The amazing story of Twinsters

Twinsters by Samantha Futerman Rating ***** Samantha Futerman is an aspiring actress. She is Korean. She was adopted as a baby by an American family and raised in Southern California. Like most aspiring actors, her work can be found on Youtube. By chance, an individual stumbled upon one of her videos and noticed a resemblance […]

Review of Janesville an American Story

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein Rating **** What happens to a community when a major employer leaves town? This is the basic premise of Janesville. The major employer is GM. The community is Janesville, Wisconsin. The book covers the years following the closing of the GM plant in December of 2008 to the […]

Review of the Netflix series The Keepers

Review of The Keepers Rating ***** This documentary series is very much in the vein of Making a Murderer. It’s an in-depth look at the murder of a nun and sexual assaults by priests and others in a Catholic school for girls. Much of the focus is on one pedophile priest – Father Joesph Maskell […]

Review of Killers of the Flower Moon

Review of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Rating **** This is a story of greed, death, and evil. The book starts out slow as the author describes several mysterious deaths involving members of an Osage Indian family. Keeping track of the many characters and untimely deaths […]

An aging actor, the Hollywood Blacklist, and a film classic

Review of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist, and the making of an American Classic Rating **** 1/2 When a film becomes successful, everyone involved in the making of the movie wants to take credit for its success. The truth is that every successful film owes its fortunes to just one person — the screenwriter. Without […]

Review of The Stranger in the Woods

Review of The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel Rating ***** When I first heard about this story of a man disappearing into the woods and not reappearing for twenty-seven years, I imagined someone living off the land. Hunting and fishing and growing crops. It never even donned on me that an individual could […]