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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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Posted on Oct 14, 2010 in Books and Movies

The Vikings – Book Review

The Vikings: A History. Ferguson, Robert. Penguin Books. 451 pages, including 38 pages of notes, 12 illustrations, 14 maps. Paperback. $32.95. At first glance, Robert Ferguson’s The Vikings appears to be a novel about Vikings that once raided Europe. In reality, it is systematic study of Scandinavian culture and events during the Viking Age. Although the book is aimed at satisfying the curiosity of the general reader, Ferguson nevertheless supports his claims and deductions with evidence cited from archeological, genetic, linguistic, historical, and literary experts. His work is an in-depth study of the Viking Age in all its grisly, uncertain, and singular details. As Ferguson readily admits, studying and writing about this era is a difficult task. The period as a whole is fraught with many controversies, possibilities, and unknowns. While much of it is shrouded in mystery, he does a fantastic job of parting the fog that often shrouds this time period. Even though there is much confusion and uncertainty regarding many Viking dates, names, and places, he...

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