Ted Odenwald


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. […]


The Last of the President’s Men

Bob Woodward. The Last of the President’s Men. New York:Simon & Schuster, 2015. As Reviewed by Ted Odenwald Alexander Butterfield, former White House aide in the Nixon administration, recently told investigative writer, Bob Woodward, that there was more to the Nixon story than was generally known. Butterfield’s revelations are disturbing […]


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 […]