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Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Books and Movies

Worthy Fights – Book Review

Worthy Fights – Book Review

Leon Panetta’s “Worthy Fights” covers a broad spectrum, including how government operates, complexities of modern international relations and Pentagon planning, and insider information on the war against terrorism.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2014 in Books and Movies

Lion Rampant – Book Review

Lion Rampant – Book Review

“Lion Rampant,” a book of sergeants and privates fighting, living, suffering, laughing and dying at the tip of the Allied spear, is Robert Woollcombe’s engaging memoir of his WWII experiences with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

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Posted on Aug 27, 2014 in Books and Movies

The Red Baron – Book Review

The Red Baron – Book Review

In his latest graphic novel–style history, “The Red Baron,” Wayne Vansant takes to the skies of World War I to tell not only the story of Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, but of the development of aerial warfare.

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Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in Books and Movies

The Veteran Next Door – Book Review

The Veteran Next Door – Book Review

“The Veteran Next Door” collects interviews from people whose lives were affected by WWII. Most are combat veterans, but the book also has interviews with a Jewish “Hidden Child” and with a son who never knew his father,

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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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