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Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Books and Movies

Elihu Washburne – Book Review

“Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America’s Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris” provides a personal account of the inner workings of American diplomacy under under extremely difficult circumstances.

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Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in Books and Movies

The Civil War in Color – Book Review

“The Civil War in Color” is a fascinating coffee-table sized book that adds life to “dusty images of a dustier past.” Period photographs have been electronically “cleaned up” to improve image quality and then colorized with careful attention to detail.

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Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Books and Movies

The Guerrilla Factory – Book Review

“The Guerrilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets,” by Tony Schwalm, presents insights into the world of Special Forces, presented in a narrative style that makes the book hard to put down.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2013 in Books and Movies

A Wicked War – Book Review

Amy S. Greenberg’s “A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico,” covers the political decisions and actions that led to what U.S. Grant later called a wicked war.

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Posted on Jan 9, 2013 in Books and Movies

Narrow Escapes of World War II – DVD Review

The 4-DVD set “Narrow Escapes of World War II” from Athena Learning is the original, uncut UK version of these gripping tales of desperation and courage, and features over an hour of footage not shown when the series ran on The Military Channel in the US.

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Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Books and Movies

Rome’s Last Citizen – Book Review

Well-written and insightful, “Rome’s Last Citizen” is not only interesting for the historical perspective it sheds on Cato and Rome, but also for the light it sheds on the similarities between Rome and modern America.

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Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in Books and Movies

Into the Fire – Book Review

“Into The Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War” is a compelling book that takes readers into the emotions of soldiers during and after combat as few other books have done.

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Posted on Dec 5, 2012 in Books and Movies

Valor in Vietnam – Book Review

‘Valor in Vietnam, 1963 – 1977′ tells the story of America’s involvement in Vietnam through the collected stories of many veterans’ experiences. Several chapters also contain some timeless nuggets of military leadership advice.

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Posted on Nov 9, 2012 in Books and Movies

Kiev 1941 – Book Review

‘Kiev 1941; Hitler’s Battle for Supremacy in the East’ is a well-written discussion, not just of the Battle of Kiev, but of the progress and outlook for Barbarossa as a whole, a book with the premise that “The battle was not the seamless encounter often portrayed.”

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Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in Books and Movies

Desperate Sons – Book Review

‘Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and the Secret band of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War’ examines the rise and activities of the Sons Of Liberty and much more besides.

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