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Book Review: THE PEALE FAMILY: CREATION OF A LEGACY, 1770-1870 (Lillian B. Miller) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE PEALE FAMILY: CREATION OF A LEGACY, 1770-1870 , by Lillian B. Miller, editor (Abbeville Press,320 pages, $75.00). Prepared in connection with a major exhibition of the same name, this lavishly illustrated study examines the lives of the famous Peale …

Book Review: THE VIETNAM WAR: THE STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS (Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE VIETNAM WAR: THE STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS, by Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger, Brassey'sInc., 192 pages, $31.95. "The story of the Vietnam War is not a pretty one," note the authors, "but it is by …

Book Review: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (by James Bradley with Ron Powers) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, by James Bradley with Ron Powers, Bantam Books, 384 pages, $24.95.NO image is more representative of American triumph than Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's image of the second raising of the American flag atop Iwo …

Book Review: CRIMSON SKY: THE AIR BATTLE FOR KOREA (by John R. Bruning) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
CRIMSON SKY: THE AIR BATTLE FOR KOREA, by John R. Bruning, Brassey's Inc., 231 pages, $24.95.The jet engine, which entered combat near the end of World II, revolutionized air warfare to a degree that no one fully understood until …

Book Review: THE MARINES (edited by Edwin Howard Simmons and J. Robert Moskin) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE MARINES, edited by Edwin Howard Simmons and J. Robert Moskin, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 360 pages, $75.The editors of this handsome book state up-front that their goal was to create "The most …

Book Review: REAGAN: THE MAN AND HIS PRESIDENCY (by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
REAGAN: THE MAN AND HIS PRESIDENCY, by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober, Houghton Mifflin Co., 640 pages, $35.The Strobers wrote this book with the help of interviews with 108 men and women who knew Ronald Reagan at …

Book Review: Invention in America (Russell Bourne): AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
INVENTION IN AMERICAby Russell Bourne (Fulcrum Publishing, 160 pages, $32.95). Complemented by seldom-seen images from the Library of Congress, Bourne's work spotlights the wide range of inventions that changed America from an agricultural society to an industrialized one during …

Book Review: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF E.H. HARRIMAN (by Maury Klein) : AHI

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF E.H. HARRIMAN, by Maury Klein, The University of North Carolina Press, 521 pages, $34.95.EACH generation redefines its heroes. The thieves and reprobates of one generation become the moral polestars of the next. Today our …

Book Review: ROBERT CAPA: PHOTOGRAPHS (Richard Whelan) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ROBERT CAPA: PHOTOGRAPHS , introduction by Richard Whelan (Aperture, 192 pages, $50.00).More than 160black-and-white duotone photographs vividly testify to the remarkable talent ofRobert Capa (1913-54), one of the century's most distinguished photographers.Born in Hungary, but driven from that country …

Book Review: THE LONG HUNT: DEATH OF THE BUFFALO EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI (Ted Franklin Belue) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE LONG HUNT: DEATH OF THE BUFFALO EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI, by Ted Franklin Belue (Stackpole Books, 288 pages, $22.95).The focus of most histories of the North American bison–popularly known as "buffalo"–is the tragic demise of the huge, western …

Book Review: THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT: AN ILLUSTRATED CHRONICLE (Richard Bak) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT: AN ILLUSTRATED CHRONICLE, by Richard Bak, Taylor Publishing, 236 pages, $29.95.This handsome companion volume to the recent Turner Network Television film, "The Day Lincoln was Shot," traces the events leading up to the assassination …

Book Review: WITNESSING AMERICA: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BOOK OF FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF LIFE IN AMERICA, 1600-1900 (Noel Rae) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
WITNESSING AMERICA: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BOOK OFFIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF LIFE IN AMERICA, 1600-1900 , compiled and edited by Noel Rae (Penguin Reference, 573 pages, $29.95).Culledfrom the collections of the Library of Congress, this unique volume contains anextraordinary collection …

Book Review: Brassey's Air Combat Reader (By Walter J. Boyne and Philip Handleman) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
An ambitious new anthology encompasses a wealth of aviation anecdotes and analysis. By C.V. Glines New aviation anthologies are rarely published these days, especially ones that attempt to include the best writing about combat aviation since the airplane was born. …

Book Review: LASTING VALOR (by Vernon J. Baker with Ken Olsen) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
LASTING VALOR, by Vernon J. Baker with Ken Olsen, Genesis Press, Inc., 309 pages, $24.95.This memoir by the only living black World War II veteran to earn America's highest distinction of valor, the Medal of Honor, focuses on the …

Book Review: Civil War Battlefields and Landmarks: A Guide to the National Park Sites (Frank E. Vandiver): AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS AND LANDMARKS: A GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARK SITESedited by Frank E. Vandiver (Random House, 160 pages, $25.00). This handsomely illustrated guide takes the reader to the Civil War battlefields and landmarks under the care of …

Book Review: THE WORDS WE LIVE BY: THE CREEDS, MOTTOES, AND PLEDGES THAT HAVE SHAPED AMERICA (edited by Brian Burrell) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE WORDS WE LIVE BY: THE CREEDS, MOTTOES, AND PLEDGES THAT HAVE SHAPED AMERICA, edited by Brian Burrell, The Free Press, 378 pages, $26."The aim of this book," writes Burrell, "is to show how words quietly influence our attitudes …
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