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Posted on May 4, 2009 in Books and Movies

Triumvirate – Book Review

Triumvirate is the story of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, and their achievement of collaborating on The Federalist Papers, the most famous series of essays on the need for adopting the U.S. Constitution.

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Posted on Mar 20, 2008 in Books and Movies

The Bloody Battle for Suribachi Book Review

The Bloody Battle for Suribachi: The Amazing Story of Iwo Jima that Inspired Flags of Our Fathers. Richard Wheeler, author. Skyhorse Publishing 2007. List price $12.95. ISBN 978-1-60239-180-2.   This is a revised version of this title, with a new introduction by the author and the addition of recently discovered photographs. The new subtitle reflects the publisher’s statement that "this book served as invaluable source material both for James Bradley’s bestseller Flags of Our Fathers as well as Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed film of the same name." Iwo Jima was one of the most costly battles for the United States during World War II. The casualties were staggering for such a small island. The United States lost 6,821 killed and 19,217 wounded, plus 2,648 cases of "combat fatigue." The full extent of Japanese losses will never be known, but more than 95% – at least 20,000 men – lost their lives. An unknown number chose suicide rather than dishonoring themselves, their family and their ancestors by surrendering. Was Iwo Jima...

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Posted on Jan 18, 2006 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

The Rogue’s March – Book Review

The Mexican-American War saw the United States in the grips of both xenophobia and a fear and loathing of the Catholic Church. Both of these factors came together to create one of the world’s most unique military organization: The Saint Patrick’s Battalion of the Mexican Army.

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Posted on Oct 14, 2005 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Black Jack Logan – An Extraordinary Life in Peace and War – Book Review

Some people are born to greatness. Others have greatness shoved upon them. Still others reinvent their self into greatness. John A. “Black Jack” Logan reinvented himself not once, but twice into greatness, and nearly within a cat’s whiskers distance from the White House when he died prematurely from what was described as cerebral rheumatism.

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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 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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