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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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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Books and Movies

Old Enough to Fight – Book Review

"Old Enough to Fight: Canada's Boy Soldiers in the First World War" focuses on the generally forgotten boys, some as young as 10, who enlisted, trained, deployed, fought and sometimes died as uniformed Canadian soldiers in the bloody years of the Great War.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2013 in Books and Movies

Confederate General William Dorsey Pender – Book Review

Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory. Brian Steel Wills. Louisiana State University Press, 2013. 304 pages, 8 maps, 9 photographs, hardcover $39.95, ebook $29.95. In September 1863 Robert E. Lee wrote to Confederate President Jefferson Davis that the war was costing him his best men:  “Jackson, Pender, Hood.” Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, John Bell Hood—but who was this man, Pender, who figured so prominently in Lee’s estimation that he listed him between two of his famous subordinates? William Dorsey Pender, a North Carolinian, was the youngest major general in the Confederate Army. Brian Steel Wills, in a new biography based on contemporary accounts, historical records, and Pender’s own correspondences, tells an in-depth and fascinating narrative of the life of Lee’s Fighting Carolinian, delving deeply into the thoughts, beliefs, and motivations of this man. The book is aptly subtitled “The Hope of Glory”; this phrase captures the essence of Pender, who felt his duty on earth was to do his best and receive what Providence would provide him—and...

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Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Books and Movies

Miracles and Massacres – Book Review

The 12 stories in Glenn Beck's "Miracles and Massacres," ranging from the Revolutionary War period to the modern day, succeed in presenting history 'in a much more vivid and real way' though they fail to present a complete picture of each event.

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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Books and Movies

Hell or Richmond – Book Review

Ralph Peters' "Hell or Richmond" historical novel brings the story of Ulysses Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign (The Wilderness Campaign) alive as few writers can, with vivid, expertly crafted and exciting prose that expresses this grim conflict.

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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Books and Movies

The Last Battle – Book Review

"The Last Battle" tells the true story of a group of French political prisoners, some American tankers with a single tank, two Austrian resistance fighters, an SS colonel, and a Werhmacht unit fighting together to stave off repeated SS assaults.

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