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Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Books and Movies

Richard III: A Ruler And His Reputation – Book Review

Richard III: A Ruler And His Reputation – Book Review

Richard III: A Ruler And His Reputation. David Horspool. Bloomsbury Press, December 2015. 320 pages. Hardcover. $30.00. Richard The Third. Is there a greater villain in English history? Even Guy Fawkes, a man who wanted to blow up over two hundred members of Parliament and impose a Spanish Inquisition styled theocracy over England, gets parades. Poor Richard gets only calumny, memorialized as a deceitful child-killing hunchback who seized the throne and tyrannized his people. But hold on now, declares eminent historian David Horspool, how much of this is true and how much of the story is Shakespearean myth? With that in focus the author plunges into a biography as deep as it is rehabilitative. Richard III: A Ruler And His Reputation is a scholarly yet readable work of a fascinating period of history. As an American, everything I know about The Wars Of The Roses is this; a bunch of guys, all named either Henry or Edward, kept stealing the throne from one another in a half-century of civil war. Because...

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Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Books and Movies

Drone Warfare: The Development of Unmanned Aerial Conflict – Book Review

Drone Warfare: The Development of Unmanned Aerial Conflict – Book Review

Drone Warfare: The Development of Unmanned Aerial Conflict. Dave Sloggett. Skyhorse Publishing. Hardcover. 249 pages. $24.99. The term “drone” is a word fraught with controversy. One man’s efficient and modern weapon system is another man’s object of terror. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology has the power to beguile the user into believing it affords solutions to complex global issues – solutions devoid of the third rail in foreign policy development, namely “boots on the ground.” Author Dave Sloggett’s latest work, Drone Warfare, explores the history and controversy of these aerial platforms and their role in today’s warfare. Sloggett writes from a position of unquestioned expertise having served for decades as a scientific advisor to the British military as well as a strategic advisor to publisher IHS Jane’s. While the reader may picture the iconic Predator drone flying over the endless Afghan mountains, the actual use of drone technology is much more widespread and increasingly available. Contrary to popular belief, drones are not a legacy of the post 9/11 world; their actual genesis began with...

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Posted on Aug 18, 2015 in Books and Movies

Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace – Book Review

Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace – Book Review

Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace, 1814-1852. By Rory Muir. Yale University Press, 2015. 585 pages of text; 43 Illustrations; 4 map;, 4 pages of Chronology 1814-1852; 3 pages of Wellington’s offices, honors and titles; 66 pages of notes; and 34 pages of bibliography. Hardback. $40.00. Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace is the second of two volumes examining Wellington’s life. The first volume, Wellington: The Path to Victory, covered Wellington’s birth to 1814, when Napoleon first abdicated. This volume covers from the first occupation of Paris to Wellington’s death and is focused on Wellington’s political life, his impact on British culture, and “how the hard-working, high-spirited, indiscreet man who commanded the army in the Peninsula in his early forties, adapted to the very different milieu of London society.” The book is divided into five parts. “Part I: War and Peace in Europe (1814-18)“, covers the first occupation of France, the return of Napoleon, Waterloo, and the second occupation of France. “Part II: In Cabinet (1819-27)”, covers Wellington’s...

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Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Books and Movies

Men of War – Book Review

Men of War – Book Review

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.”

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Posted on May 29, 2015 in Books and Movies

iGuerilla – Book Review

iGuerilla – Book Review

'iGuerilla: The New Face of War in the 21st Century' by John R. Sutherland is a “must read” book to all who want to understand the chilling facts behind today’s grim headlines.

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Posted on May 15, 2015 in Books and Movies

Aachen – Book Review

Aachen – Book Review

'Aachen: The U.S. Army’s Battle for Charlemagne’s City in World War II' is an outstanding new examination of “Bloody Aachen,” the first major German city captured by American G.I.s in World War II’s European Theater.

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Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in Books and Movies

Secret Warriors – Book Review

Secret Warriors – Book Review

Taylor Downing's 'Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists, and Code Breakers of World War I' effectively challenges the widely held belief that the scientific advances of WWI were only 'murderous, destructive and entirely negative.'

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