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A Chain of Thunder (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #2)
Jeff Shaara has returned to the Civil War with this second novel of what has evolved into a four part series following the campaigns in the west. A Ch ...more
May 13, 2013
May 06, 2013
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
A fantastic account of the life and times of Kit Carson, Narbona, General Kearny, John Fremont, et al. This books interweaves their stories through th ...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
I'll be reviewing this for the Historical Novel Review. Until then, I can say that this was a powerful book. It will be one to reread to fully appreci ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789
This is a thorough account of the American Revolution, 1763-1789 (yes, as the subtitle states). It's got a bit of a textbook read to it, but that didn ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Girls of Gettysburg
I'll be reviewing this for the Historical Novel Review. In the mean time, this book was well-written and well-researched. The three main girls are eit ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Egan has an amazing talent of presenting the history, science, and legacy of some of the most destructive natural (man-influenced, though) disasters t ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History #2)
This review was fist published in Historical Novel Review.

When two slaves seeking shelter on Lyndel’s farm are recovered by slave hunters, she and her
Jun 09, 2012
May 31, 2012
Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima
This review was first published in the Historical Novel Review.

The black sands of Iwo Jima were witness to the largest battle ever fought by the US Ma
May 11, 2012
May 02, 2012
A Blaze of Glory (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #1)
This review was first published in the Historical Novel Review, where this novel was awarded an Editor's Choice.

While Lee and McClellan spar in the Ea
May 30, 2012
May 20, 2012
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different
This is one of the best books I've read on the founding fathers. Though I've read biographies on most of the individuals written of here, I found the ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Like the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, another spectacular book by Nathaniel Philbrick. It offers a balanced view of both the American soldiers and ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Jun 28, 2011
Rise to Rebellion
I really enjoyed Jeff's (and Michael's) civil war trilogy. And since I'm an even bigger enthusiast when it comes to the AWI, I really enjoyed these no ...more
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Jun 21, 2011
The Glorious Cause
I really enjoyed Jeff's (and Michael's) civil war trilogy. And since I'm an even bigger enthusiast when it comes to the AWI, I really enjoyed these no ...more
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Jun 21, 2011
American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
I'll be reviewing this for the Historical Novel Review (which I'll post here after the next publication). In the meantime, I'll say that I loved it. W ...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
This is one of those books that will stick with you. I consider myself fairly well versed in US history, yet this book breathed life into an era I nev ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
This is a fantastic, hour-by-hour, even-minute-by-minute breakdown of the 13 days that were the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the most dangerous period ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon
This is the perfect blend of biography, history, science, and politics. Through Rocket Men we learn of the space race, using the Apollo 11 mission as ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
Mysteries of History: The American Revolution
I received a copy of this through Goodread's giveaway program.

This issue is a fantastic sampling of facts, anecdotes, personalities and analysis of th
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Fantastic read. Ambrose is a master of this subject, and his scholarship is exhaustive. The narrative, though, is engaging. The L&C expedition in ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Nov 24, 2010
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 15, 2013
His Excellency: George Washington
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Oct 10, 2011
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
Jan 26, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines & the Secret Mission of 1805
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Killer Angels
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Jun 29, 2011
Brave Companions
Jul 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Washington's Crossing
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
Common Sense
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, 7 Parts, 84 Lectures
May 30, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
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