Ted Odenwald


John Le Carre: The Biography

Adam Sisman. John Le Carre: The Biography New York: Harper Collins, 2015. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald David Cornwell, more widely recognized by his pseudonym, John Le Carre, is a writer, the twists and turns of whose life are as complex as his plots. According to biographer, Adam Sisman, many […]


The Nature of the Beast

Louise Penny. The Nature of the Beast. New York: Minotaur Books, 2015. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Retirement offers no rest or refuge for Louise Penny’s protagonist, Armand Gamache, the former Chief Inspector or Quebec’s Surete. After a nine-year-old boy dies in an apparent biking accident in the forest near […]


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. By Erik Larson. New York: Random House, 2015. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald With his typically methodical gathering and organizing of details from the daily lives of passengers and crew members—and from the fated ship-preying hunt of U-boat commander, Walther Schwieger,—and from […]


Embattled Rebel; Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

James M. McPherson. Embattled Rebel; Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief. New York: The Penguin Press, 2014. As Reviewed by Ted Odenwald Having written a glowing study of Lincoln’s growth as commander in chief of the Union forces, McPherson, a foremost authority on the Civil War, felt obligated to “describe […]