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A Chain of Thunder (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #2)
it was amazing
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
The Winter Family
liked it
This review was originally written for the Historical Novel Review.

August Winter is the leader of a hardened band of killers, men he picked up during
Jan 11, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
it was amazing
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
Alexander Hamilton
it was amazing
Amazing book. Chernow is one of my favorite biographers. Highly recommended.
Apr 27, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
James Madison and the Making of America
liked it
I received this Advance Reading Copy through Goodreads First Reads program, so I'll refrain from any quoting or commentary on spelling and proofing.

Mar 07, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.

I have read a lot about the American Revolution, in near equal parts military and political histories
May 03, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
it was amazing
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
Washington and Caesar
it was amazing
Nuanced, great characters, great action, and a side of the American Revolution we rarely see. Recommended.
Aug 15, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Rogue Warrior
it was ok
I'm glad Marcinko was on our side. But wow, this book is so full of machismo and foul language that my eyes are still blistered. I barely made it thro ...more
Jul 25, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima
really liked it
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
The Battle for Tinian: Vital Stepping Stone in America's War Against Japan
really liked it
A bit of a dry read, but good detail. It gives great context and perspective on this often overlooked battle. It helps that my grandpa fought in this ...more
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 04, 2017
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
it was amazing
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
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
it was amazing
Wow. What an amazing story. I can't wait to read it again. Highly recommended for all those interested in WWII, the Cold War, the Space Race, politica ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
The Cold War: A New History
it was amazing
Best Cold War history I've read, powerful in its brevity, insights, and depth. Highly recommended.
Aug 04, 2016
Jul 30, 2016
The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War
it was amazing
A tremendously insightful view of the American Civil War, and a new perspective for me. Highly recommended.
Sep 06, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
Long Knife
it was amazing
This was a fantastic book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's made all the better that the author was scrupulous in sticking to known history. Highly recom ...more
Dec 21, 2016
Nov 28, 2016
The Girls of Gettysburg
really liked it
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
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
liked it
Packed full of information and expose. Very insightful. I had to dock it a point, though, because for me the books is far too political. If someone is ...more
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
really liked it
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
A Blaze of Glory (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #1)
it was amazing
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
The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History #2)
liked it
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
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789
really liked it
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
Rise to Rebellion
it was amazing
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
not set
Jun 21, 2011
The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground
liked it
A haunting book, with a Catch-22 feel to it, only real. There's a tremendous amount of vulgarity in it though. Unfortunate, as it makes an otherwise f ...more
Aug 03, 2016
Jul 26, 2016
The Glorious Cause
it was amazing
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
not set
Jun 21, 2011
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different
it was amazing
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
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
it was amazing
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
The Best and the Brightest
liked it
Halberstam is a terrific wordsmith and journalist, perhaps too much so. This narrative floats from person to person, from year to year, and back again ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
it was amazing
An amazing book. Well read, too.
Sep 27, 2016
Sep 23, 2016
Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
it was amazing
Another great Cold War book by Dobbs. Highly recommended.
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
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