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Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Books and Movies

We Have the War Upon Us – Book Review

'We Have the War Upon Us,' by William J. Cooper, examines the role played by moderates and conservatives, in addition to the extremists, in starting the Civil War. It reads more like a political thriller than a historical textbook and excels as both.

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Posted on Aug 1, 2012 in Books and Movies

For the Common Defense – Book Review

This third edition of 'For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607-2012' includes new chapters on the Korean and Vietnam wars, reflecting new research since the 1994 edition, and adds wars of the last 18 years.

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Posted on Mar 9, 2012 in Books and Movies

The Battle of First Bull Run – Manassas Campaign July 16-22, 1861: Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide – Book Review

The Battle of First Bull Run–Manassas Campaign July 16–22, 1861: An Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide. Blaikie Hines. American Patriot Press, 2011. 225 pages. 82 maps, 500+ photographs, bibliography, index. Paperback: $39.95. As a volunteer at Virginia’s Manassas National Battlefield Park, you can probably imagine that I have quite a collection of reference books on the two battles fought on the hills outside Manassas in 1861 and 1862. You can also imagine that I begged ArmchairGeneral.com for a chance to review The Battle of First Bull Run–Manassas Campaign: July 16–22, 1861 – an Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide. Prostration before my editor was well worth the effort. In his introduction, Blaikie Hines, Connecticut native and author of Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut (American Patriot Press, 2002), relates how he became enthralled with the iconic battlefield of Manassas (Bull Run) during a visit in 2003. Hines then spent the next seven years collecting photographs and researching the battle. The result of his passion is the impressive The Battle of...

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Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in Books and Movies

The Rogue Republic – Book Review

"The Rogue Republic," by William C. Davis, gives a detailed account of a little-known event in the history of North America, the brief life of the independent Republic of West Florida and the colorful characters behind its creation.

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