Book Reviews

Members of the Smithfield Trust team, attorneys, and clients occasionally review nonfiction works that they find especially compelling or helpful. The most recent review appears below.


THE PRICE OF JUSTICE

Author: Lawrence Leamer

This is a riveting story featuring two of my former law partners, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, in epic legal struggle against Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy and a powerful force in West…

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COOLIDGE

Author: Amity Shlaes

Like many, I suspect, I knew very little about Calvin Coolidge before reading this biography. My basic impression of Coolidge arose out of a Dorothy Parker quip. Upon being informed of Coolidge’s…

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THE PRESIDENTS CLUB

Author: Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy

This is a nifty book. Filled with rich and revealing anecdotes, The Presidents Club describes the complex and often poignant relationships between former and incumbent presidents of the United…

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THE PASSAGE OF POWER: THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON, VOL. IV

Author: Robert A. Caro

Writing his fourth volume about Lyndon Johnson, a masterful biographer, Robert A. Caro, began this tale in 1960 as Johnson unsuccessfully attempts to wrest the presidential nomination of the Democratic…

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THE STORYTELLER

Author: Jodi Picoult

I have read every book written by Jodi Picoult. Having just listened to an interview with her regarding her latest book, The Storyteller, I am getting to know Jodi better and her inspirations for…

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THE GARDEN OF THE BEASTS

Author: Jeffrey Deaver

I stumbled upon this fictional work soon after finishing Larson (see above). Deaver has a Mafia hitman, Paul Schumann, commissioned by agents in the U.S. government to “take out” a high ranking Nazi…

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IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

Author: Erik Larson

Erik Larson, of The Devil and the White City and Issac’s Storm (re the Galveston hurricane of 1901) fame, has done it again! This is a wonderful portrayal of events in Berlin during the first few…

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A BLAZE OF GLORY

Author: Jeff Shaara

Shaara has returned to the Civil War, beginning a trilogy that will deal with the war in the West. This one, remember that Shaara writes historical fiction but with a high degree of accuracy with…

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QUEEN OF SCOTS: THE TRUE LIFE OF MARY STUART

Author: John Guy

I “borrowed” this book from my mother’s library after her death. She was a well-versed authority on the English monarchy and, frankly, intimidating in any conversation about the subject. On occasion…

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