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Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Books and Movies

Lincoln’s Bishop – Book Review

Lincoln’s Bishop – Book Review

‘Lincoln’s Bishop,’ by Gustav Niebuhr, tells the little-known story of Henry B. Whipple, Minnesota’s first Episcopal bishop, who tried to convince Lincoln to reform the Office of Indian Affairs and tried to calm white hysteria in the wake of the Sioux Uprising of 1862.

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Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Books and Movies

The Americans on D-Day – Book Review

The Americans on D-Day – Book Review

“The Americans on D-Day” is a terrific photographic history of the American experience before, during, and after the D-Day landings. The accompanying text blends personal narrative, small-unit combat, and more into a cohesive whole.

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Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Books and Movies

Through the Perilous Fight – Book Review

Through the Perilous Fight – Book Review

Steve Vogel’s “Through the Perilous Fight,” is an informative and interesting work about when British troops burned Washington and bombarded Ft. McHenery. It also follows the path “The Star-Spangled Banner” took to becoming the national anthem.

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Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in Books and Movies

Samurai Revolution – Book Review

Samurai Revolution – Book Review

Romulus Hillsbourgh’s “Samurai Revolution” examines the pivotal late Edo and Meiji Periods of Japanese history, when the Western world injected itself into isolationist Japan. It is also serves as a warning for America today.

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Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Books and Movies

The Generals – Book Review

The Generals – Book Review

Tom Ricks is always controversial and outspoken. His latest book, “The Generals,” maintains that the US Army has shirked its duty in policing its own ranks at the general officer level since the end of World War II.

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Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Books and Movies

Shooting Victoria – Book Review

Shooting Victoria – Book Review

Paul Thomas Murphy’s Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy is as much a trip though Victorian society as it is an examination of the various attempts to assassinate the queen.

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Posted on Jan 21, 2014 in Books and Movies

How to Lose a War at Sea – Book Review

How to Lose a War at Sea – Book Review

“How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders” provides historical information on many naval actions and campaigns, in an easy-to-read format, but at times it comes up short on the analysis promised by its title.

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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Books and Movies

Old Enough to Fight – Book Review

“Old Enough to Fight: Canada’s Boy Soldiers in the First World War” focuses on the generally forgotten boys, some as young as 10, who enlisted, trained, deployed, fought and sometimes died as uniformed Canadian soldiers in the bloody years of the Great War.

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Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Books and Movies

Miracles and Massacres – Book Review

The 12 stories in Glenn Beck’s “Miracles and Massacres,” ranging from the Revolutionary War period to the modern day, succeed in presenting history ‘in a much more vivid and real way’ though they fail to present a complete picture of each event.

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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Books and Movies

Hell or Richmond – Book Review

Ralph Peters’ “Hell or Richmond” historical novel brings the story of Ulysses Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign (The Wilderness Campaign) alive as few writers can, with vivid, expertly crafted and exciting prose that expresses this grim conflict.

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