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Posted on Jul 3, 2005 in Books and Movies

Fortress America: The Forts That Defended America 1600 to the Present – Book Review

Even beyond simply covering the construction of forts, this work details many of the political situations surrounding these constructions as well as covering any battles that had an impact upon the fort, or that the fort had an impact upon. Particularly interesting are the forts in the New York area during the American Revolution, or the coastal forts during the War Between the States.

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Posted on Jun 10, 2005 in Books and Movies

The Last Valley – Book Review

In every war there is a battle that seems to mark the pivot point of that particular conflict and stands out from other events. It is the yardstick that is used to measure the war in question, where the mistakes were made, what the repercussions are and what lessons were learned. The battle of Dien Bien Phu is just such a battle. It marked the end of the French Empire and the beginning of the 20-year American involvement in Viet Nam.

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Posted on Jun 9, 2005 in Books and Movies

In Hitler’s Bunker: A Boy Soldier’s Eyewitness Account of the Fuhrer’s Last Days – Book Review

Adolf Hitler is now considered one of the world’s most ruthless madmen. Yet this was not always the case. In fact, Hitler was idolized by the German people and with the aid of Josef Goebbels, he was deified by the German youth. Not even the death and destruction in Germany during the closing days of World War II could shake the faith of these young fanatics.

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Posted on May 8, 2005 in Books and Movies

Enemy at the Gates – Movie Review

Enemy at the Gates has a bit of something for everyone – a battle, a hero, and a love triangle. What it lacks, though, is historical accuracy. In the main, the film does not do justice to the Battle of Stalingrad, the “turning point” of World War II in Europe. Involving millions of men and thousands of tanks, aircraft and artillery, Stalingrad proved to the world that Hitler's army could be stopped.

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Posted on Apr 21, 2005 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Downfall (aka Der Untergang) – Movie Review

Set during the final explosive days of the Third Reich, Downfall is an epic depiction of the fall of Nazi Germany and the end of Hitler's reign of terror in Europe. Written and Produced in Germany itself by Bernd Eichinger, the film is a graphic depiction of the collapse of law and order within Berlin, and the final headlong journey to insanity and suicide undertaken by the Nazi Fuhrer.

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Posted on Mar 23, 2005 in Books and Movies

Where Heroes Trained – Book Review

The editors have performed a great service, not only to the men of the 736th and their families, but also to Americans hungering for tales of the men of the “Greatest Generation”. According to one report, America is losing approximately 1000 World War II veterans every day. For every one of these men who dies without recording his service for posterity, America loses a vital part of its history.

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Posted on Mar 12, 2005 in Books and Movies

The Soldier’s View – The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco – Book Review

Unlike some of the other great artists, Keith Rocco follows the everyday life of the common soldier and not just the commanders with the famous names and endless deeds of daring. By doing this, Keith Rocco brings the Civil War to life on canvas. Every aspect of life during this period has attention brought to it. From drilling to camp life and of course, battle.

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Posted on Mar 8, 2005 in Books and Movies

Troy – Movie Review

The Iliad is almost 1,600 lines long, so we are offering our readers the following condensed version: boy meets girl; they fall in love; boy takes girl home to meet dad; girl's husband (oops!) takes offense; husband follows wife and brings 50,000 close friends to set things right; boy's brother pays huge price; extended intermission.

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Posted on Feb 17, 2005 in Books and Movies

Notorious Prisons – Book Review

The book follows a timeline from the earliest days of Egypt, up to and including the recent alleged charges at Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq (2345 BC to present). From the tale of the Hebrew slave Joseph, to Socrates and medieval prisons. From the 'Man In The Iron Mask', to Sing-Sing. Devil's Island, to Abu Ghraib.

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Posted on Jan 5, 2005 in Books and Movies

Forgotten Voices of World War II – Book Review

Many people, myself included, consider the World War II generation to be one of the best and brightest generations of humanity to have ever existed. They watched and drove the technology change that saw humanity go from biplanes to jets to space travel. They created the modern medical marvels that have helped calm a raging planet. This generation stood up and said that evil under any guise would not be tolerated.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2004 in Books and Movies

Their War for Korea: American, Asian and European Combatants and Civilians, 1945-1953 – Book Review

Korea; saying the word out loud conjures up mental images of two countries that are dichotomous in extremes. One is economically vibrant, politically free and a player on the world stage. The other is economically stagnant and politically repressed and isolationist. Now mention the Korean War and totally different mental pictures are conjured up. The waves and waves of Chinese soldiers attacking outnumbered United Nations soldiers; freezing cold winters and unmercifully hot summers compounded by the intransigence of the leadership of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea to reach an armistice.

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