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Posted on Aug 9, 2013 in Books and Movies

Civil War Battlegrounds – Book Review

"Civil War Battlegrounds – The Illustrated History of the War’s Pivotal Battles and Campaigns" covers 18 key battles. Clearly written and easy to follow, t is a good starting point for readers just beginning to study the war, but serious Civil War historians are unlikely to find new information here.

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Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Books and Movies

The Hard Slog – Book Review

In "The Hard Slog: Australians in the Bougainville Campaign, 1944-45," Karl James, Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, takes a fresh evaluation of the role and effectiveness of Australian troops as WW2 ground toward its end.

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Posted on Jul 8, 2013 in Books and Movies

Civil War Pittsburgh – Book Review

In 'Civil War Pittsburgh' author Len Barcousky weaves selected articles from the city's Civil War-era newspapers to let readers see the course of the war through the eyes of the people in a single Northern city, one that was a major weapons manufacturer for the Union cause.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Books and Movies

The Fighting Pattons – Book Review

Brian M. Sobel's book "The Fighting Pattons" isn't about the Patton family as much as it is a biography of George S. Patton III, son of the famous World War II general. As such, it fills an important role in examining this overlooked Patton.

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Posted on Jun 3, 2013 in Books and Movies

WW II from Space – DVD Review

The 'hook' in 'WWII from Space' - images shot from space, on which information overlaid - sounds good but isn't particularly impressive; however, the content and the other visuals make this DVD of a program from HISTORY well worth owning.

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Posted on May 15, 2013 in Books and Movies

Those Angry Days – Book Review

"Those Angry Days – Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941" examines an interesting, if overlooked, era of American history; more significantly, it explores questions America may face in the near future.

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Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in Books and Movies

The War Against the Nazi U-boats 1942-1944 – Book Review

The War Against the Nazi U-boats 1942-1944: The Anti-Submarine Command. L. Douglas Keeney, ed. Premiere, 2012. Paperback. 181 pages. $14.95 During the opening years of World War II, the Nazi military employed one of the deadliest nautical weapons, the submarine, to great effect against Allied shipping. German U-boats scoured the waters of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean in an effort to disrupt shipments of American goods to Great Britain, hoping to do by sea what they could not do by land or air: choke the life out of the British Isles. Within a few months of American involvement in the war, however, the two Allied nations began making a concerted effort to eliminate the U-boat as a threat. Cooperation between the two nations and improvements in tactics employed against the U-boats suffered in early 1942, but by 1944, the Allies had won the Battle of the Atlantic and elsewhere. The U-boat would play a greatly reduced role for the remainder of the war, mostly maintaining a defensive...

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