Fight to the Finish: The Denver Broncos’ 2015 Championship Season

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This book was my dad’s Father’s Day gift this year. He’s been a Bronco’s fan through winning season and losing seasons and, while I, myself, can’t follow a football game to save my life, I knew he would love this book as soon as I saw it.

Organized into a week-by-week break down of the Broncos’ 2015 games, fans have a unique opportunity to relive everything from the most trying to the most triumphant moments of the season. But the photography is really the focal point of the book. The photography is stunning. The images are crisp and carry with them the energy of the game, transporting you back to that game – looking through the book my dad remarked that the photos took him right back to that moment in the game. Somehow the images manage to capture the tension the players must have been feeling during the games and electricity of the fans who were lucky enough to be there.

Like any specialty book, Fight to the Finish will certainly appeal to some people (Broncos fans) over others (non-Broncos fans), but if you are looking for the perfect finishing touch for that man cave, this just might be it.

Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.


America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands

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The National Forest System is often overlooked for its big brother, the National Park System, but America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands proves without a doubt that the beauty of these forests and other landscapes can be just as captivating as the National Parks. The book is broken into seven sections by region and then is further divided to focus on individual forests. Historical, geographical, and climate information is presented in simple language alongside beautiful photography.

Being a California native, I was immediately drawn to this section (1 state, 18 national forests, 1 national grassland, 21 million acres, 24.6 million visitors, so I was informed). The photographs in this section do a phenomenal job of illustrating the vast variety of landscapes that can be found in California and while I have explored many of them myself, this proved to me just how little of the state I truly have seen.

Although this book is better viewed at arm’s length as some of the photos begin to get a little fuzzy if you try to look too closely, the landscapes were nonetheless breathtaking. It’s safe to say I’ve added a few destinations to my bucket list.

Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.

Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond

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Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond is the perfect introduction for someone dabbling in the subject or who has just become interested in ii as it offers an overview of the most important moments in the development of classical literature and how the tradition changed over the centuries. For someone already familiar with the figures and methods of classical literature, some of the information will be redundant, but even these sections (such as those on Homer and Virgil) are clearly written and make for a great refresher or might serve to clarify certain points.

Aside from being clearly articulated and thoroughly researched,Classic Literature is true to its title and discusses everything from the poets mentioned in the title to the development of the fictional novel form. Author Richard Jenkyns’ commitment to this line of study is clear and his well-articulated ideas made for a very pleasant read. This is a great book for anyone interested in ancient Greek and Roman history or the originals of literature.

Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.