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From the Escambray to the Congo by Victor Dreke
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This interview from 2001 outlined the former Cuban FAR Commander's military history from underground rebel to guerrilla to special forces operative in Africa. As one of the few black Cubans to achieve top rank in the early days of the Revolution, his ...more
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Sandinistas by Dennis L. Gilbert
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What seems like historical archaeology comes alive in this contemporary account of the Sandinista years in power. Caught between its Marxist-Leninist convictions and the realities of power in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua became one of the strang ...more
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War Against the Weak by Edwin Black
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Those who warned us against the evils of socialism upon human liberty, and the horror of bolshevism upon culture and civilization, launched at the same time their own murderous utopia based on the self-serving criteria of the West's "natural rulers." ...more
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Ten Dollars to Hate by Patricia Bernstein
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Author Patricia Bernstein is not a disciplined historian, and it shows in this episodic and somewhat rambling account of the second KKK, its rise in Texas, and its conjunction with the career of Texas Governor Dan Moody. Bernstein tracks the origin o ...more
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Sandinistas by Dennis L. Gilbert
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What seems like historical archaeology comes alive in this contemporary account of the Sandinista years in power. Caught between its Marxist-Leninist convictions and the realities of power in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua became one of the strang ...more
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A Cold War In The Soviet Bloc by Sheldon R. Anderson
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A very thorough outline of a little-known controversy in postwar Europe. The "communist bloc" was more myth than monolith, even at the time this bogey was most aggressively peddled. And with few outlets to express dissent toward the Elder Brother in ...more
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A Civil War by Claudio Pavone
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Some reviewers seem to have wanted just another WW II book. But in this monumental work Professor Claudio Pavone captures the torn spirit of the physically and psychologically ravaged Italy of the 1940s. What did “resistance” mean: only the physical ...more
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One Dies, Get Another by Matthew J. Mancini
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Matthew Mancini’s account of American convict leasing, written in the 1990s, concludes with cold war triumphalism and the certainty that “the universe bends toward justice.” Time has not been kind to this conviction, nor to those convicted.

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The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
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Dexter Filkins was one of the better-known "imbeds" covering the Iraq invasion and occupation. As such, his sympathies were with the American soldiers he accompanied, yet he also expressed empathy with ordinary Iraqis caught in the rubble. As a New Y ...more
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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa
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A rather disappointing backflip of a novel, purporting to unravel the personal history of an idealist-turned-revolutionary, finally into an unideal everyman living in a garbage dump. This is perhaps Vargas Llosa's way of saying all the leftist dreams ...more
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