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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 Oct 12, 2010 in Electronic Games

Homefront – PC Game Preview

Peter Suciu gives gamers a peek into what to expect from 'Homefront,' a game in which North Korea invades the United States, with a backstory written by John Milius, screenwriter and director on the 1984 'Red Dawn' movie.

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Posted on May 3, 2010 in Books and Movies

Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States – Book Review

Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States: His own words selected and arranged by Daniel Ruddy. Smithsonian Books, 2010. Hardback, 318 pages plus foreword, introduction, and source notes. No photographs. $27.99. It unabashedly, unstintingly reflects a man whose love for his country ran as deep as the Mississippi. People who attain great fame are often even more contradictory in their personalities than the average person is. Certainly, that can be said of Theodore Roosevelt, a fact that is abundantly clear in Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States. The man who said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" comes through as both starry-eyed optimist regarding the American people and a curmudgeon in his opinion of particular individuals. Daniel Ruddy says in the book’s introduction that he decided to compile this book after realizing that if he could talk with anyone from American history, living or dead, that person would be Roosevelt. His approach was to "create Roosevelt’s part of the conversation," based exclusively on the soldier-politician-adventurer’s own words....

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