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1001 Battles That Changed the Course of World History
I have read enough of this to know that this was a good purchase for my reference bookshelf.

From estoreric battles during the Ionian wars to battles
May 17, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #3)
The Liberation Trilogy is complete. Author Rick Atkinson has wrapped up his magnum opus of World War II with "The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945".

Jul 17, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Did the great French Revolution begin on a nasty rumor? Who really was imprisoned and when in the Bastille? Finally and the denouement to the whole na ...more
May 20, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
The standard of how modern military reportage should be written. A book that some translations lack the punch of the original in French and further lo ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2008
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
The fourth richest American who has lived John Jacob Astor, Thomas Jefferson, former President of the US and handpicked men were unable to 'repeat' th ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
Street Without Joy
This is the starting point for the reader wanting to begin to understand the Post WWII conflict in Viet-Nam.

Bernard Fall, a French journalist/scholar
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Sep 13, 2008
The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
A very unusual entry in the literature of The Holocaust. The book encourages discussion about the different roles and actions of the players in both t ...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
Tuchman's eight long form essays are a must read as an element in understanding the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries that led to 't ...more
Jun 2013
Apr 27, 2013
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
An ambitious and massive work. The title alone should tell potential readers that they are in for an interesting journey.

Three thousand years in even
May 05, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events That Changed the World
The photos in this work deserve a different rating than three stars. The compilation details 100 great and important events, yet the photos that illus ...more
Jun 2010
Sep 06, 2010
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Dependable historical story telling can be a dry glass in a desert for many readers. Winchester is a very fine writer, fine to the point of absurdum w ...more
Aug 2005
Mar 07, 2009
The Next Pope: A Behind The Scenes Look At How The Successor To John Paul Ii Will Be Elected And Where He Will Lead The Church
This isn't really the same book it appears as the original 1st edition I think?

Hebblethwaite's wife 'updated' this book after his death and the editio
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Feb 20, 2012
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
I sat up way too late the past two evenings reading this cover to cover. Then I needed to return it to its owner. Now I have an e-version loaded and a ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The Road to Serfdom
Hayek's seminal offering to the world. Is it as important as some extremists want you to believe? No. It may be more important.

A fair amount of histo
not set
Jun 16, 2010
Detroit: An American Autopsy
"" . . . there is no Engine Co. 19 house, though that firehouse received a quarter million in renovations . . . from Detroit An American Autopsy by C ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
Hemingway in Africa: The Last Safari
The body of works of literature that are about Hemingway I have always enjoyed reading as much or more than the books by Ernest Hemingway. This one I ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945
An average or slightly above WWII history. Using the 'oral history' techniques of interviews and journals, letters, and even a screenplay or two, the ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange
Young Adult, juvenile reader, or children's book aside as a sub-category, this is a valuable addition to any reader with an interest in 20th century h ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel
A subtitle for this book could be "The End of the Bank of Crooks and Criminals". BCCI(the Bank) played a huge role in this story that Law Enforcement ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 18, 2012
The Detonators: The Secret Plot to Destroy America and an Epic Hunt for Justice
"Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it", to take liberties with Santayana's original quote, is a very appropriate starting thought for read ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
My Reading Life
Many biographies and memoirs have been on my reading list for the past few years, few of which have lived up to expectations. Conroy's unusual take on ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures
Edward Ball's book covers a wide scope of the 19th Century American West. Ranging from England to New York to South America and even Alaska/Canada, th ...more
May 14, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Unexplained Mysteries of World War II
A book that can easily be picked up and put down since it contains short chapters or sections with various stories. These 'unexplained' events or unus ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 19, 2014
A History of Ireland
This history of the green isle is both broad and narrow in coverage. The depth of the work is eclectic in what the authors have chosen to delve into t ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns
I may have skipped a column or three while laughing so hard and jumping back and forth in the book!

Author Carl Hiaasen captures much of the craziness
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Women of the Titanic Disaster
A short but unique memoir of a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

There is a very interesting back story regarding the later life of the author. I
May 14, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
A very 'readable' survey of the history of Rome and the Empire. This is one of the better starter books for a serious perusal of the history that is a ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Amy Dockser Marcus has brought a journalists eye to a city she admits great affection for in this almost 4 star book. The 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner f ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

( Review under construction )
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Moments: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs: A Visual Chronicle of Our Time
In a day and age of polarized and politicized journalism a work of this quality that covers the award winning images that have helped define print cov ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
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