Category Archives: Book Reviews

These are books I have read that I review for the benefit of others who don’t enjoy reading as much as I do. Perhaps this section will assist you in selecting your next book. I hope so. I read EVERY word on EVERY page of the books I review. If I don’t particularly care for a book, I don’t review the book publicly, unless I make a unique exception. I read around a hundred book a year. Most of my reviews are here and on Amazon.

Bill reviews pre-publication manuscripts, and early release books for a variety of publishers and authors in the U.S. and abroad, literary PR firms and at the request of certain authors. He performs this service gratis, without any compensation whatsoever (he knows….he’s really stupid). Notable authors whose work Bill has reviewed include William P. (Paul) Young, Donald Miller, George Barna, Samantha Power, Parker Palmer, George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, John Wasik, Roger Lowenstein, Taylor Branch, Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Jim Palmer, David Kinnaman, Irshad Manji, Eboo Patel, Mark Scandrette, and Erwin McManus. Bill has a policy of not publishing reviews of books he reads that he doesn’t particularly care for and is uncomfortable recommending to others ( “Literature is like ice cream….there’s a whole bunch of flavors and I have my own tastes that differ from others…some people adore chocolate while others prefer pecan nut”).

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America – A Book Review by Bill Dahl

FIVE STAR REVIEW - With smoke from wildfires inundating the summer in the American West (again - 2017), this work is both timely and a historical treasure. In the late summer of 2017, with some 2 million acres currently in flames - it is difficult to wrap your head … Continue Reading ››

Undaunted Courage

Just one of THE BEST books one might ever read. I loved it. My only sorrow is the way it seemed to end too abruptly - with the tragic end of Lewis's life. This is adventure writing and history at its best. I am now planning to explore the Bitteroot … Continue Reading ››

Lasso The Wind by Timothy Egan – A Review by Bill Dahl

I have a longstanding personal discipline when it comes to selecting books to read; every 5th book or so -  I require myself to read something published approximately 10+ years ago.  Thus, I encountered author Timothy Egan for the first time. Tonight, I just ordered three more of his … Continue Reading ››

Cattle Kingdom – The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton – A Review by Bill Dahl

I have read extensively about the history of the American West. It's a book like Cattle Kingdom that excites me about the fact that the myths that oftentimes inhabit our historical understanding  - can and will be displaced - and rewritten - when exquisitely talented authors like Christopher … Continue Reading ››

Killers of the Flower Moon – The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – A Book Review by Bill Dahl

Killers of the Flower Moon - The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - 2017 - Doubleday NY,NY

Killers of The Flower Moon
  Riveting. Disgusting. It took way too … Continue Reading ››

The Chickenshit Club – Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives – A Book Review by Bill Dahl

The Chickenshit Club - Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse Eisinger - A Book Review by Bill Dahl. Simon & Schuster, NY, NY. 2017. Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize winner...among a laundry list of other investigative … Continue Reading ››