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Book Review: THE FIRST AMERICAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (by H.W. Brands) : AHI

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE FIRST AMERICAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, by H.W. Brands, Doubleday, 742 pages, $35.00.Benjamin Franklin's life spanned an era of radical change, beginning at a time when witch trials were routine in the Colonies, and ending …

Book Review: INTO THE AMERICAN WOODS: NEGOTIATORS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA FRONTIER (by James H. Merrell) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
INTO THE AMERICAN WOODS: NEGOTIATORS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA FRONTIER, by James H. Merrell, W.W. Norton, 463 pages, 27.95.When historians focus on the broad sweep of history, they often overlook the contributions of less-prominent figures. With Into The American Woods, …

Book Review: FROM THE SHADOWS: THE ULTIMATE INSIDER'S STORY OF FIVE PRESIDENTS AND HOW THEY WON THE COLD WAR (Robert M. Gates) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
FROM THE SHADOWS: THE ULTIMATE INSIDER'S STORY OF FIVE PRESIDENTS AND HOW THEY WON THE COLD WAR, by Robert M. Gates (Simon & Schuster, 604 pages, $30.00).Gates, the only person to rise from an entry level position at theCentral …

Book Review: WILLIAM MULHOLLAND AND THE RISE OF LOS ANGELES (by Catherine Mulholland) : AHI

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
WILLIAM MULHOLLAND AND THE RISE OF LOS ANGELES, by Catherine Mulholland, University of California, Press, 496 pages, $35.00.Readers may have long since tired of the seemingly endless string of exposés about the corrupt history of our nation's most enigmatic …

Book Review: LEE'S MISERABLES (J. Tracy Power) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
LEE'S MISERABLES, by J. Tracy Power, University of North Carolina Press, 463 pages, $34.95.With grim humor they called themselves "Lee's Miserables," adopting their name from a mispronunciation of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, which was published in the Confederacy …

Book Review: PRINT THE LEGEND: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN FORD(by Scott Eyman) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ALL THIS HELL: U.S. NURSES IMPRISONED BY THE JAPANESE, by Evelyn M. Monahan &amp Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee, The University Press of Kentucky, 264 pages, $22.50.THE sweeping success of the Japanese in the western Pacific following Pearl Harbor resulted in huge …

Book Review: Drawn With the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War (James McPherson) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
DRAWN WITH THE SWORD: REFLECTIONS ON THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 258 pages, $25.00). McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, here addresses many of the most enduring questions about the Civil …

Book Review: AMERICAN INDIANS IN WORLD WAR I (by Thomas A. Britten) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
AMERICAN INDIANS IN WORLD WAR I, by Thomas A. Britten, University of New Mexico Press, 256 pages, $34.95."While hundreds of books detail the activities of Anglo-American soldiers in the war," notes Britten, "and perhaps half a dozen describe the …

Book Review: THE BURNING OF WASHINGTON: THE BRITISH INVASION OF 1814 (by Anthony S. Pitch) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE BURNING OF WASHINGTON: THE BRITISH INVASION OF 1814, by Anthony S. Pitch, Naval Institute Press, 304 pages, $32.95.Although the British invasion and the torching of the nation's capital in the summer of 1814 is one of the most …

Book Review: The JG 26 War Diary, Volume Two, 1943-1945 (Donald Caldwell) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Part two of The JG 26 War Diary details the unit's long and bloody fall from glory. By Walter J. Boyne In The JG 26 War Diary, Volume Two, 1943-1945 (Grubb Street, London, 1999, approximately $50), Donald Caldwell concludes his …

Book Review: THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (edited by Anne Cipriano Venzon and Paul L. Miles (consulting editor)) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by Anne Cipriano Venzon and Paul L. Miles (consulting editor), Garland Publishing, 856 pages, softcover, $39.95.World War I not only initiated a significant development in the techniques of …

Book Review: Mustangs Over Korea: The North American F-51 at War, 1950-1953 (By David R. McLaren) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The North American Mustang was assigned a vital role in Korea–to save the South Korean army. By Walter J. Boyne Mustangs Over Korea: The North American F-51 at War, 1950-1953 (Schiffer, Atglen, Pa.,1999, $45) adds even more luster to author …

Book Review: DOUBLE VICTORY: A MULTICULTURAL HISTORY OF AMERICA IN WORLD WAR II (by Ronald Takaki) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
DOUBLE VICTORY: A MULTICULTURAL HISTORY OF AMERICA IN WORLD WAR II, by Ronald Takaki, Little, Brown and Company, 282 pages, $27.95.For most Americans, World War II was a galvanizing experience, a blending of battlefield tenacity and heroism on foreign …

Book Review: KING PHILIP'S WAR: THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN CONFLICT (by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
KING PHILIP'S WAR: THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN CONFLICT, by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias, The Countryman Press, 432 pages, $29.95.WE were taught at school that the British settlement of New England would have failed …

Book Review: JACKIE ROBINSON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT (Rachel Robinson, with Lee Daniels) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
JACKIE ROBINSON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT, by Rachel Robinson, with Lee Daniels (Harry N. Abrams,Inc., 240 pages, $29.95).As the title suggests, this biography of baseball great Jack Roosevelt (Jackie) Robinson by his widow is written from the perspective of their …

Book Review: A WASP AMONG EAGLES: A WOMAN MILITARY TEST PILOT IN WORLD WAR II (by Ann B. Carl) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
A WASP AMONG EAGLES: A WOMAN MILITARY TEST PILOT IN WORLD WAR II, by Ann B. Carl, Smithsonian Institution Press, 168 pages, $21.95.Whether it be the "Nelson touch" during the Battle of Trafalgar or General George S. Patton's charge …
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