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Book Review: Darius in the Shadow of Alexander, by Pierre Briant

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Pierre Briant reads between the lines of ancient Greco-Roman sources to reconstruct a narrative of Darius III, the oft-overshadowed king of Persia during the reign of Alexander the Great.

Book Review: A Box of Sand, by Charles Stephenson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm
Charles Stephenson's book A Box of Sand looks at the relatively overlooked 1911 Italo-Turkish War, its implications for the then-brewing global war and its present-day reverberations.

Book Review: Marshal Joffre, by André Bourachot

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm
French army historian and former engineer André Bourachot assesses the World War I performance of Joseph Joffre, chief of the French General Staff.

Book Review: Secret Warriors, by Taylor Downing

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm
In Secret Warriors, author Taylor Downing relates the military advances that originated out of Britain during World War I.

MHQ Reviews, Spring 2015

Published: April 28, 2015 at 11:09 am
Main Reviews Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II by Geoffrey Parker Reviewed by Paul Lockhart The Deluge: Remaking of the Global Order, 1918-1931 by Adam Tooze Reviewed by Dennis Showalter Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the …

MHQ Reviews: Noteworthy Books, Spring 2015

Published: April 28, 2015 at 11:06 am
Fighting the Great War at Sea Strategy, Tactics and Technology by Norman Friedman Naval Institute, $85 Though a noted naval historian, Friedman paints an exceptionally comprehensive picture of the geopolitical, social, military, political, and financial considerations—mostly in Britain and somewhat …

MHQ Review: America and World War I, by Mark D. Van Ells

Edward G. Lengel, reviewer | Published: April 28, 2015 at 11:03 am
America and World War I A Traveler's Guide By Mark D. Van Ells. 432 pages. Interlink Books, 2014. $22. THE CENTENNIAL OF THE OUTBREAK of World War I in Europe in 1914 has generated an uptick in battlefield tourism to …

MHQ Review: The Deluge, by Adam Tooze

Dennis Showalter, reviewer | Published: April 28, 2015 at 10:58 am
The Deluge The Great War, America, and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1918–1931 By Adam Tooze. 672 pages. Viking, 2014. $40.  ADAM TOOZE BUILT HIS EUROPEAN REPUTATION specializing in the economic history of the Third Reich, and he makes …

Book Review: The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane, by Richard W. Etulain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Richard Etulain sifts through the many myths surrounding Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary to profile a woman far more complex than popular fiction might suggest

Book Review: Last Train to El Paso, by Jerry J. Lobdill

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Jerry Lobdill looks into the murder of Thomas Lyons, committed by that "other" paid Texas assassin Felix Robert Jones, who made a career of killing — and who largely evaded justice

Book Review: Logan, by Jackie Boor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Jackie Boor relates the interesting and ultimately tragic life of her great-grandfather, Nevada lawman Tom Logan, who tangled with Wyatt Earp and showed restraint up to his last breath

Book Review: Death for Dinner, by Phyllis de la Garza

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Phyllis de la Garza set out to write a book about mass murders committed on the 1870s Kansas frontier by the mysterious Bender family, but the author has since solved some of the mystery

Book Review: The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray, by Clark Gray

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Western entertainer Bee Ho Gray rubbed shoulders with the likes of Will Rogers and Quanah Parker, but for various reasons little of their lasting celebrity rubbed off on Bee Ho

Book Review: Z.S. Liang, by Tom Saubert

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Painter Z.S. Liang was born in the Far East but earned his reputation for capturing the Old West in his spectacular works.

Book Review: Agincourt, by Stephen Cooper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Stephen Cooper looks at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt and its key players to mark the 600th anniversary of the pivotal English-French clash.

Book Review: Judy, by Damien Lewis

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Judy, by Damien Lewis, relates the surprising story of a pointer that served as a mascot on the Royal Navy gunboats Gnat and Grasshopper during World War II in the Far East.
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