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The Tide At Sunrise: A History of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905 by Denis Ashton Warner, Peggy Warner

When I was a youngster, Dad and I went to see the silent movie classic, Battleship Potemkin, at the Duke University student cinema. Reflecting on the movie decades later, I decided to delve into The Tide at Sunrise, a history… Continue Reading →

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson

Caberets, beer gardens, Marlene Dietrich and all the characters of the era come alive during this account of Ambassador William Dodd’s diplomatic service in Berlin from 1933 to 1937. My first experience with author Erik Larson proved to be highly… Continue Reading →

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly

When I saw “Patton” at the theater in 1970, I never suspected anything malicious about the General’s death. I thought it was ironic that he had survived the front-line battlefields of two world wars unscathed, only to meet his fate… Continue Reading →

The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss

Having read Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” as a youth, the heroes of those poetic epics have remained embedded in my psyche for decades. Barry Strauss, History and Classics Professor at Cornell University, uses his knowledge and background to discern between what is real, what could be real and what would in all likelihood be pure myth in his book “The Trojan War: A New History”.

Hiroshima – John Hersey

“Hiroshima”, is perhaps Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey’s greatest work, and according to many, the greatest journalism of the 20th century.

The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Not only a biographical account of two of our greatest presidents during times of tremendous change, this work by 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin, details the birth and impact of investigative (muckraking) reporting on society in… Continue Reading →

Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

A quick read, Killing Jesus, the objective study of the period in history surrounding the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ, encompasses more than just facts about the Messiah. This book includes interesting history of the Caesar’s, King Herod… Continue Reading →

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper — Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Could it be that the infamous “Jack the Ripper” case is finally solved after over 110 years?

Galveston: A History of the Island by Gary Cartwright

While reading Galveston: A History of the Island, I continuously had Glen Campbell’s rendition of the song going through my head. Cartwright’s book is an excellent source of information on the history of Galveston Island.

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic – Joseph J. Ellis

My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a War – Nathaniel Philbrick

Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →

Somme – Lyn Macdonald

The First World War was an absolute transformation of warfare from the Victorian to the modern era of the 20th century. The “Big Push” was a major Allied offensive into the German lines at the northern end of the western… Continue Reading →

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