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Martin Dugard

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Martin Dugard is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Taking Series — including Taking Berlin (2022) and Taking Paris (2021).

Book Two in the Taking series is titled Taking Berlin, covering the final nine months of World War II in Europe. Taking Berlin goes on sale November 1, 2022.

He is also the co-author of the mega-million selling Killing books, the bestselling non-fiction series in history: Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, Killing Reagan, Killing England, Killing the Rising Sun, Killing the SS, Killing Crazy Horse, Killing the Mob, and the upcoming Killing the Killers.

Other works include the New York Times bestseller The Murder of King Tut (with James Patterson; Little, Brown, 2009); The Last V
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Martin Dugard Killing Jesus was easily the most intensely researched project I ever worked on. So much to learn and so difficult to go down the rabbit hole to find …moreKilling Jesus was easily the most intensely researched project I ever worked on. So much to learn and so difficult to go down the rabbit hole to find the facts to complement the history. But right now Taking Paris is my favorite book. The work was joyful and the research was immersive. (less)
Martin Dugard Independence. Travel. Fussing with a sentence or a paragraph for a morning, just to get it write. Sweatpants.
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A long while ago, I wrote The Explorers. I sold the idea as a new take on the Burton-Speke expedition to find the source of the Nile. But the Killing series took off after the contract was signed. What was supposed to be one book is now up to thirteen. So in the interests of keeping things fresh (and fulfilling my contract), I spun the Burton-Speke drama into something entirely different.

I had lo

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I went into the book with a loose idea of the narrative arc but no specifics. To be honest, every chapter had a moment when I learned something completely new. Research brought them to life. Those moments became the dramatic pivot for every character See Full Answer
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“To be a runner is to learn continual life lessons.”
Martin Dugard, To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person

“To be a runner is to learn continual life lessons. To be a coach is not just to teach these lessons but also to feel them in the core of your marrow. The very act of surpassing personal limits in training and racing will bend the mind and body toward a higher purpose for the rest of my runners' lives. Settling for mediocrity-settling instead of pushing-those who learn to be the best version of themselves know the secret to a full life.”
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“deeds,” Stanley remembered later.”
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American Civil War - Military Series Selection




Recently, the History Book Club conducted a Military Series Poll. The reason that we did this was because we are launching a Military Series of book discussions similar to how we conduct the Presidential Series at the HBC.

The American Civil War received the most votes from the group membership. Therefore, the first Military Series discussion will focus on the American Civil War.

Therefore we are now voting for the first Military Series selection from books which were all nominated by group members. Killer Angels was already completed by the group so that book was not added to the list for voting purposes. Just as an FYI: this poll took me forever to put together because there were so many group member suggestions and recommendations. We wanted to make sure that we included "all of them". That is why this poll is so long.

So take your time and make sure to vote; because if a book does not get at least one vote; it will be relegated to the bottom of the list. The book which garners the most votes and comes out on top will be discussed beginning in February 2012. Bryan Craig will be the Assisting Moderator leading this book discussion.

Choose and vote for one book. Vote as soon as possible because the first book will be launched in February. Don't lose out.

Note:

If you do not see your favorite book about the American Civil War on this list; then just comment or pop me a note and I will immediately add it to this poll.

You can always change your vote at any time; so nothing is lost. There are some books which have been nominated by the same author; however, skip over those if the particular author does not suit you and vote for your favorite or for one you or others might want to read.

Before making your selection, please try to look up your choice and make sure it really is a book you are interested in or you think others would be; do not be lured in by the title. Also, check out the author and what others have said about the book before you (reviewers who you trust). Then of course, make your selection.

And if you do not see your favorite, just contact me and I will add it to the poll.

Regards,

Bentley

 
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The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara - This book was just recommended by a group member. It is the third book in a trilogy which began with the bestseller Killer Angels. In the same vein, this is an historical novel/fiction account - not non fiction but if anything like Killer Angels -- impeccably done.

The Last Full Measure
 
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Lincoln by Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal - This is an historical fiction selection

Lincoln.
 
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The Training Ground Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Martin Dugard by Martin Dugard Martin Dugard
- This is not related to the Civil War but to the time earlier in history when they fought together as brothers in the Mexican War.

The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
 
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The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea by Gordon C. Rhea Gordon C. Rhea - This book was just recommended by a group member.

The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864
 
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Covered With Glory The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg by Rod Gragg by Rod Gragg - This is another latecomer nominated by a group member.

Covered With Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg
 
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