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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 …

Book Review: CONVERSATIONS WITH WILDER (by Cameron Crowe) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
CONVERSATIONS WITH WILDER, by Cameron Crowe, Alfred A. Knopf, 378 pages, $35.00.BILLY Wilder dissected human nature with a razor-sharp wit in his movies, classics like The Lost Weekend, Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, and Sunset Boulevard. While his …

Book Review: THREE ROADS TO THE ALAMO: THE LIVES AND FORTUNES OF DAVID CROCKETT, JAMES BOWIE, AND WILLIAM BARRET TRAVIS (William C. Davis) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THREE ROADS TO THE ALAMO: THE LIVES AND FORTUNES OF DAVID CROCKETT, JAMES BOWIE, AND WILLIAM BARRET TRAVIS, by William C. Davis, HarperCollins, 791 pages, $35.Although more than 200 defenders died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836, the …

Book Review: SETTING THE WORLD ABLAZE: WASHINGTON, ADAMS, AND JEFFERSON AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (by John Ferling) : AHI

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
SETTING THE WORLD ABLAZE: WASHINGTON, ADAMS, AND JEFFERSON AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, by John Ferling, Oxford University Press, 372 pages, $27.50.I remember reading, long ago, about an incident involving George Washington and some rather indiscrete advances he made to …

Book Review: ATLAS OF THE 20TH CENTURY (Richard Overy) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ATLAS OF THE 20TH CENTURY , by Richard Overy, editor (Hammond Incorporated, 240 pages, $39.95). "It isa truism," says the editor of this handsomely illustrated volume, "that the 20th century has witnessed the most profoundand wide-reaching changes of any century …

Book Review: COLT: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND (William Hosley) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
COLT: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND, by William Hosley (University of Massachusetts Press, 254 pages, $49.95). Hosley–curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut, and keeper of that museum's extensive collection of Colt firearms–analyzes the …

Book Review: FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY: THE SINKING OF HMT ROHNA (Carlton Jackson) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY: THE SINKING OF HMT ROHNA, by Carlton Jackson (Naval Institute Press, 232 pages, $27.95).In this dramaticaccount of one of the greatest disasters at sea for the U.S. armed forces duringWorld War II (1939-1945)–second only to the 1941 …

Book Review: KNOW THE USA : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
KNOW THE USA, Know the USA, www.KnowTheUSA.com, discounted price to readers is $9.50.This set of 52 educational cards offers a wide range of basic facts of United States history and government, compiled from the United States Citizenship Handbook. Topics …

Book Review: DUEL: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, AARON BURR AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA (by Thomas Fleming) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
DUEL: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, AARON BURR AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA, by Thomas Fleming, Basic Books, 446 pages, $30.00.THAT Aaron Burr shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel of honor on July 11, 1804, is a well-known fact. …

Book Review: STEALING HOME (Sharon Robinson) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
STEALING HOME , by Sharon Robinson (HarperCollins Publishers, 213 pages, $24.00).Sharon Robinson adds adaughter's view to this year's fiftieth-anniversary commemoration of Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's colorbarrier in 1947. The man she reveals is as admirable in his private …

Book Review: FDR AND THE CREATION OF THE U.N. (Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
FDR AND THE CREATION OF THE U.N., by Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley (Yale University Press, 288 pages, $30.00).Award-winning historians Hoopes and Brinkley draw upon historical narratives, primary documents, and a wide range of photographs to detail the story …

Book Review: ROBERT E. LEE: A LIFE PORTRAIT (by David J. Eicher, with foreword by Robert E. Lee, IV) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ROBERT E. LEE: A LIFE PORTRAIT, by David J. Eicher, with foreword by Robert E. Lee, IV, Taylor Publishing Company, 240 pages, $29.95.David J. Eicher has assembled the most comprehensive collection ever of photographs, paintings, and engravings to chronicle …

Book Review: Into the Valley, The Untold Story of USAAF Troop Carrier in World War II (Colonel Charles H. Young): AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
INTO THE VALLEY, THE UNTOLD STORY OF USAAF TROOP CARRIER IN WORLD WAR IIby Colonel Charles H. Young (PrintComm Inc., 615 pages, $43.00). The author–who as commanding officer of the 439th Troop Carrier Group led 81 aircraft into Normandy …

Book Review: IMMORTAL IMAGES (Tedd Thomey) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
IMMORTAL IMAGES: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE FLAG RAISING ON IWO JIMA, by Tedd Thomey (Naval Institute Press, 248 pages, $24.95). Author Tedd Thomey, a member of the 28th Marine regimentthat fought on Iwo Jima and raised …

Book Review: GENERAL JOHN POPE: A LIFE FOR THE NATION (by Peter Cozzens) : AHI

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
GENERAL JOHN POPE: A LIFE FOR THE NATION, by Peter Cozzens, University of Illinois Press, 412 pages, $39.95.In writing about John Pope's famous defeat at the second Battle of Bull Run, author Bruce Catton described the Union commander as …

Book Review: RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA (John M. Barry) : AH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA, by John M. Barry, Simon & Schuster, $27.50.In this volume, which chronicles the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River, whose waters swept across an area the …
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