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Posted on Feb 22, 2011 in Books and Movies

Lords of the Sea – Book Review

John R. Hale's book 'Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy' has a strong exposition of the Peloponnesian War, and deftly handles its ebbs and flows and the disastrous military defeats.

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Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Books and Movies

First to Die – Book Review

The book First to Die: The First Canadian Navy Casualties in the First World War by Bryan Elson covers the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Battle of Coronel, and the four midshipmen referred to in the title.

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Posted on Feb 3, 2011 in Books and Movies

Rommel’s Desert War – Book Review

Rommel's Desert War by Martin Kitchen is very well researched and very well written though it relies too heavily on reports from German staff officers who themselves deeply disliked Rommel and sought any opportunity to discredit him.

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Posted on Jan 25, 2011 in Books and Movies

Swords and Swordsmen – Book Review

In Swords and Swordsmen by Mike Loades each phase of the development and use of the sword is anchored to a specific, often easily recognizable, historic figure associated with a particular type of sword, including Phillip of Macedon, Uesugi Kenshin, George Washington, etc.

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