Ted Odenwald


A Great Reckoning. New York

Louise Penny. A Great Reckoning. New York: Minotaur Books, 2016. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald In Louise Penny’s most recent mystery novel, Armand Gamache had embraced retirement in the idyllic village of Three Pines, hoping to heal his wounded body and spirit. Betrayed and nearly killed by his superiors and […]


Blood in the Water

Heather Ann Thompson. Blood in the Water. New York: Pantheon Books, 2016 As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Forty-five years after the bloody retaking of Attica prison by New York State Police and correctional officers, new facts are emerging, though it is clear that many questions are still unanswered. Heather Ann […]


Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow. Alexander Hamilton. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. As Reviewed by Ted Odenwald Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit, “Hamilton,” the biography which inspired that play has resurfaced as a must-read (or re-read) work. Ron Chernow’s methodical research and incisive analysis has produced a vivid portrait of the life […]


Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart

Claire Harman. Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016 As reviewed by Ted Odenwald In 1857, British novelist Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a masterful biography of her friend, Charlotte Bronte, who had died two years earlier at the age of 39. As new materials were discovered over […]


The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

Louisa Thomas. Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams. New York: Penguin Press, 2016 As reviewed by Ted Odenwald The history of Louisa Catherine Adams has been hidden in the shadows of the lives of her husband, John Quincy Adams, and her in-laws, John and Abigail Adams. Author Louise Thomas […]


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Through his gripping, first-hand accounts of the heart-rending struggles of several families, sociologist Matthew Desmond exposes a monstrous process that engulfs millions of Americans in a downward spiral of poverty. […]