Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY

By Gail Elliott Downs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY is the true account of how a bundle of WWII letters sparked a four-year journey of discovery and remembrance.

IR Approved

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an erudite history of the country’s early development as a republic.

IR Approved

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID

By Eugene DeFriest Bétit
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Designed to counteract this country’s “collective amnesia” about the systematic racism that has marred its achievements and limited its potential, Eubene DeFriest Bétit’s book traces...

IR Approved

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL: In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970

By Robert C. Bogison
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL recounts, in painstaking detail, young Robert C. Bogison’s deployment to Vietnam in July 1969 and his ensuing year-long tour.

PLEASE SEND KETCHUP: WWII Letters from a B-29 Pilot

By Kit Crumpton
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

PLEASE SEND KETCHUP: WWII LETTERS FROM A B-29 PILOT is both war saga and love story, made all the more potent because it’s true.

IR Approved

TIGER BRAVO’S WAR

By Rick St John
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In TIGER BRAVO’S WAR, the 101st Airborne Division’s B Company suffered combat’s raging brutality and the occasional triumph known to soldiers since time immemorial.

STOLEN FUTURE

By Stephen Singular
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

A conversational but factual story based around the controversial Florida count at the 2000 American elections, and extrapolating to today. STOLEN FUTURE is the bar-tale...

IR Approved

POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME

By Dr. Joy DeGruy
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An African-American researcher and psychologist offers insight on the traumatic effects of slavery, and the terrorism that followed, on African-American culture, and how these effects...

IR Approved

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT EDGEFIELD: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA

By Edna Gail Bush, Natonne Elaine Kemp
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Precipitated by the deaths of immediate family members, two women of color boldly attempt and triumph in tracing the history and providing an in-depth account...

IR Approved

ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST forges a key to the gateway of the visual art world

By Aron Kuehnemann
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Aron Kuehnemann tackles the insular nature of visual art and the oft-elusive understanding of its actors and objects in ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST.

IR Approved

Small But Monumental Moments of the Past in SERENDIPITY

By Thomas J. Thorson
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

SERENDIPITY shows how history is comprised of apparently trivial moments coming together to make big changes. A busted canon, a job rejection, a casual meeting,...

IR Approved

ELECTRIFYING AMERICA: From Thomas Edison to Climate Change

By I. David Rosenstein
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In ELECTRIFYING AMERICA, author I. David Rosenstein shows that what sustained the electric industry through the capitalist corruption of the 1920s to the Three Mile...

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