Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Books and Movies
In “Men of War” John Rose examines Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, focusing on “the overlooked and the ordinary, the men whose names are catalogued in muster rolls and inscribed on gravestones, the men who are otherwise forgotten.”
Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Books and Movies
“The Americans on D-Day” is a terrific photographic history of the American experience before, during, and after the D-Day landings. The accompanying text blends personal narrative, small-unit combat, and more into a cohesive whole.
Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Books and Movies
Steve Vogel’s “Through the Perilous Fight,” is an informative and interesting work about when British troops burned Washington and bombarded Ft. McHenery. It also follows the path “The Star-Spangled Banner” took to becoming the national anthem.
Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Books and Movies
John R. Bruning’s “Battle for the North Atlantic” is a great read, illuminating the massive importance the U-boat war had on the overall war between the Allies and Nazi Germany.
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Books and Movies
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.
Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Books and Movies
“Operation Typhoon” by David Stahel, though dense at times , is nevertheless a treasure trove of information regarding the late fall battles between the Germans and Soviets in 1941.
Posted on May 31, 2013 in Books and Movies
Despite its nautical title, ‘Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron,’ covers both the naval and ground war of the War of 1812 and is a fantastic addition to the scholarship that is shedding new light on this ‘forgotten’ war.
Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in Books and Movies
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... Read More
Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Books and Movies
Well-written and insightful, “Rome’s Last Citizen” is not only interesting for the historical perspective it sheds on Cato and Rome, but also for the light it sheds on the similarities between Rome and modern America.