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Boyer vs. Tefertiller: Penslingers Face off over Wyatt Earp

By sierra adare | Published: August 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

…lenn Boyer's body of work includes Suppressed Murder of Wyatt Earp, I Married Wyatt Earp and Wyatt Earp's Tombstone Vendetta. Casey Tefertiller's Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend came out in 1997. These books are all sold as nonfiction; however, each author tells a very different story of Earp's life. In his book's bibliography, Tefertiller does not list any of Boyer's books. Tefertiller and others have quest…


Book Reviews - March 2013

By Marty Jones Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 D. Scott Hartwig Johns Hopkins University Press 2012, $49.95 For nearly three decades, Stephen W. Sears' Land­­scape Turned Red has been the gold standard among books about the September 1862 Maryland Campaign. Scott Hartwig's big new book now can lay claim to pre-eminence on this topic—but only for events through September 16, where this first volume of his proj…


Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Reviewed by Major Robert L. Bateman, U.S. army By Jonathan ShayScribner's, New York, 2003 A timeless book links the Classical Greek experience of war with the more recent experience of Vietnam. Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Scribner's, New York, 2003, paperback $14) is Jonathan Shay's second book on the general topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Vietnam veterans, the p…


Book Reviews - January 2013

By Marty Jones Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm

…Williams seems to have read them all. While the monograph is clearly a labor of love, writing in the active voice and some judicious editing of anecdotes and quotations would have made the narrative flow more harmonious. The book could also have easily done without some of the author's breathless hyperbole (e.g., "At least they were on their way somewhere even though they all knew that that somewhere might mark the site of their extinc…


Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, 1941-1945 (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

…to restore those individual and personal aspects of Soviet history suppressed by 50 years of censorship intended to create a homogeneous, heroic and dehumanized picture of Soviet resistance to Nazi aggression. In general, the book is quite similar to Studs Terkel's The Good War: a collection of personal reminiscences about the war from a variety of viewpoints. Relying largely on memoirs and articles from the Russian popular press, it is unsy…


Book Reviews - May 2013

By Marty Jones Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:10 am

Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers, Casemate 2012, $32.95 The 12 months covered in this book—June 1862 to June 1863—arguably marked Jeb Stuart's zenith as the Army of Northern Virginia's chief of cavalry. Among the flamboyant general's accomplishments were his two rides around George McClellan's Army of the Potomac, his celebrated Decem­ber 18…


Book Reviews - July 2012

By Marty Jones Published: May 09, 2012 at 4:40 pm

…2009 conference held at the prestigious British university. The Global Lincoln has both a Western European and biographical orientation, as might be expected from Carwardine, a Lincoln biographer himself. In fact, one of the book's key features is found in the appendix by George Scratcherd on "Foreign Language Biographies of Lincoln," which clearly shows that biographies in Chinese, Japanese and Korean have come to dominate the fi…


Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Donald A. DavisSt. Martin's, New York, 2005 Donald Davis' book will appeal to general readers, but as a work of history it is sadly lacking in many respects. The book covers an interesting episode in the Pacific War but not in a way that brings out the episode's major themes or lessons for students of the conflict. For one thing, the author takes too much time and space to set the context for…


Countdown to Victory: The Final European Campaigns of World War II (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm

Reviewed by Robert Citino By Barry TurnerWilliam Morrow, New York, 2004 It's hard to review Barry Turner's new book without reference to the recent work by Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. Hastings' anecdotal history of the last year of the war is not without its problems, in particular a trite and outdated analysis of the allegedly poor fighting qualities of the American, British and Canadia…


Book Review: Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir (Larry Gwin): VN

By HistoryNet Staff Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am

Larry Gwin's memoir gives the reader an unflinching view of a conventional infantry officer doing a conventional job. By Major Robert BatemanThere are only a few books like Larry Gwin's Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir (Ivy Books, New York, 1999) that have come out of the war. Perhaps it was the nature of that conflict, or maybe it is the attitudes of postwar Americans that have conspired to make this kind of book such a rarity…


Book Review: The Civil War Source Book (Philip Katcher) : CWT

By HistoryNet Staff Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am

The Civil War Source Book, by Philip Katcher, Facts on File, 11 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001-2006, 318 pages, $35. While working on this review, I participated in a panel discussion with Civil War historians James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr., Bob Krick, and Gordon Rhea. I handed them a copy of The Civil War Source Book to skim through and asked if they knew anything about the book (published in 1992, but not reviewed in these pages at th…


The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

Reviewed by John D. BurtEdited by Peter TsourasGreenhill Books, London, 2004 I must start this review with a word of truth in advertising. The latest alternate history book from Greenhill, The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios, is not about Adolf Hitler's alternate scenarios for his 1944 Ardennes offensive. I would have expected chapters on the various German schemes put forth during the planning stages of the…


War in Pacific Skies: The Aviation Art of Jack Fellows (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm

…d many of them and just lost track of others. But now that War in Pacific Skies: The Aviation Art of Jack Fellows has been published, I have them all — all, that is, up to the time of printing of this hefty coffee-table book that provides not only a graphic portrayal of World War II in the Pacific but also the textual background to the paintings and the general war itself. It is not just a pretty picture book, it is a history book that has…


Book Review: The Lost Book of Alexander the Great, by Andrew Young

By HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 02, 2014 at 12:27 pm

The Lost Book of Alexander the Great , by Andrew Young, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, Pa., 2014, $26 Of all the subjects that have engaged the interest of military historians, few have stimulated more lasting interest than the story of Alexander the Great. A bibliographic search online reveals no fewer than 4,897 books about the Macedonian-born empire builder. What is remarkable is that all this historical writing is based on five sources (Nea…


Book Review: Sinews of War: How Technology, Industry, and Transportation Won the Civil War (by Benjamin W. Bacon) : AH

By HistoryNet Staff Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am

Sinews of War: How Technology, Industry, and Transportation Won the Civil War, by Benjamin W. Bacon, Presidio Press, Novato, California, (415) 898-1081, 288 pages, $24.95. This book has a hopeful title. In assessing the Civil War, sometimes too much attention is focused on the Lees, the Grants, the Gettysburgs, and the Vicksburgs without due consideration going to the industrial foundations of Northern and Southern societies. It was industrial,…


Multi-Media Review: Civil War Book Review (Periodical) : CWT

By HistoryNet Staff Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am

CIVIL WAR BOOK REVIEW, For subscription information, call 615-292-8926, extension 34. A consuming curiosity about Civil War history and an insatiable appetite for books go together like a saber and scabbard. It's not television that converts people with a nagging interest in the war into bona fide experts. It's the Shelby Foote trilogy spread across the coffee table. It's the soldiers' memoirs, biographies of generals, and wa…


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