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Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, A ballistics expert's astonishing discovery of the fatal bullet that Oswald did not fire
3.69
it was amazing
If you want a methodical and thorough book on the JFK assassination, I highly recommend this book.
The detail in how the conclusion was formed is total
...more
Jul 16, 2003
Mar 23, 2011
 
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
4.39
really liked it
Written in the early 1980s, the author provides one of the most honest glimpses of combat in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in this book which ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Aug 17, 2014
 
Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon
4.18
it was amazing
If you are not familiar with the space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union from 1946-1969, this book would bore you. If you have a degree of famili ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima
4.25
it was amazing
I have read numerous books on the Battle of Iwo Jima in the past thirty years, anywhere from the official battle reports to overviews to first-person ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
 
My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy
4.27
it was amazing
After reading three other books on the Lincoln Assassination all in succession, this one was quite different. While the others focus more on John Wilk ...more
May 2011
Mar 15, 2011
 
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57
4.26
it was amazing
John N. MacLean, veteran journalist and author (or co-author) of such books about wildland firefighting as "Young Men and Fire" (co-author) and "Fire ...more
Mar 28, 2016
Mar 28, 2016
 
Assassin's Accomplice
3.66
really liked it
Dr. Larson did a magnificent job in describing the trial of Mary Surratt, the appeals process and the subsequent hanging of Surratt and three other co ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
 
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
4.07
it was amazing
I first heard of the South Canyon Fire and the story of the Hotshot Crew and Smokejumpers who died on Storm King Mountain when I went through Wildland ...more
Mar 05, 2016
Mar 05, 2016
 
The Great War and Modern Memory
4.20
liked it
Paul Fussell's "The Great War and Modern Memory," first published in 1975, has become a classic read for those who are interested in the literature of ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
 
The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York
3.62
it was amazing
Alex Palmer hit a home run with his book The Santa Claus Man. His focus is primarily on John Duval Gluck, the man who created (and ruined) the Santa C ...more
Dec 29, 2015
Dec 29, 2015
 
The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers
4.35
liked it
I was really disappointed with this book, especially having read John Quinn Imholte's, "The First Volunteers" which was published by Ross & Haines ...more
Jul 02, 1994
Mar 04, 2009
 
Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space
4.09
it was amazing
This is a very well researched and pieced together book about the dynamics of the space race between the U.S and U.S.S.R. Contains good bibliographica ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
3.98
liked it
If you are not familiar at all with the sinking of the Oglebay-Norton iron ore carrier S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, you will find this an interesting and u ...more
Nov 26, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
 
The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach
4.09
it was amazing
Dr. McManus does an excellent job in covering the events of June 6, 1944 as it relates to the 1st U.S. Infantry Division sector on Omaha Beach. This b ...more
Nov 13, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
 
Snowden's Story: One Marine's Indebtedness to the Corps
4.00
really liked it
This is a great overview of Lt. General Snowden's career. He had an amazing 37-year career in the United States Marine Corps from WWII to 1979. This v ...more
Nov 10, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
 
Path of Valor: A Marine's Story
4.00
really liked it
This is a well-researched book from a tactical perspective. The author makes a lot of connections related to the schooling and technical training of U ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
3.81
really liked it
Danielle Allen took on an interesting subject when she picked apart the Declaration of Independence in a "slow read." The book is a worthwhile read an ...more
Jul 04, 2016
Jul 07, 2016
 
Shocking Secrets of American History
3.32
liked it
This was a fun read. It was very easy material to handle. I won't say that any of this is really "shocking" but they were interesting snippets. Howeve ...more
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
That's Not What We Meant to Do: Reform and Its Unintended Consequences in Twentieth-Century America
3.89
it was amazing
Steven M. Gillon's study should become a "classic work" in short order as he gives us five key case studies where the intent behind the policies of ca ...more
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
 
For That One Day: The Memoirs of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Commander of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
4.10
it was amazing
I had read two previously published books on the life of Mitsuo Fuchida, the commander of the Pearl Harbor air attack on December 7, 1941, so the subj ...more
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
 
Hannibal Crosses the Alps: The Invasion of Italy & the Second Punic War
3.80
it was amazing
John Prevas conducts a very thorough investigation into the route that Hannibal used in his famous 218 B.C. crossing of the Alps from Spain to Italy a ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
 
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma
4.05
it was amazing
There are few athletes alive today who bring a sense of awe and controversy to them as the enigmatic Peter Edward Rose, baseball's "Hit King." Because ...more
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
 
The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness Account
4.15
really liked it
On October 8, 1871, a wildfire erupted north of Green Bay, Wisconsin, overrunning the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin and leaving over 1,000 people dead i ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
 
Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor
3.92
it was amazing
Russell S. Bonds does an excellent job separating fact from myth in relating the tale of the Andrew's Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. ...more
Aug 05, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
Gettysburg A History for the People
4.62
it was amazing
Having read numerous books published on Gettysburg over the years, I found this one quite refreshing. The author's experiences as a battlefield guide ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 23, 2015
 
Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet: American Sea Power Comes of Age
3.89
it was amazing
Kenneth Wimmel writes a pretty comprehensive account of the changes in Sea Power from the end of the Civil War to just before World War I. Even though ...more
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
 
Dereliction of Duty
3.75
it was amazing
While we heard a lot of the "stories" of what went on in the White House, this is the confirmation coming from one of the closest people to work in th ...more
Jul 13, 2000
Mar 23, 2011
 
Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
3.31
liked it
The back cover of Barbara W. Sommer’s book, Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota reads, “ccc veterans tell compelli ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
USS Arizona's last band: The history of U.S. Navy Band Number 22
3.88
really liked it
This book is a heartwarming story about Fred Kinney and the 20 members of the U.S.S. Arizona's band, told through the eyes of the sister of one of the ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
 
The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop
3.41
liked it
Morgan clearly shows that he is a competent writer and excellent researcher, especially in light of the depth of research in some of his other works. ...more
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
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