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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.

Book Review: The Longest Afternoon, by Brendan Simms

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm
The Longest Afternoon is Cambridge University professor Brendan Simms' detailed account of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo defense of the stone farmhouse La Haye Sainte.

Book Review: The Second Pearl Harbor, by Gene Eric Salecker

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm
In The Second Pearl Harbor, Gene Eric Salecker reveals the causes and consequences of a devastating explosion that rocked the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 22, 1944.

Book Review: Home Squadron, by James C. Rentfrow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm
In his book Home Squadron, James Rentfrow relates the late 19th century transformation of the U.S. Navy into a fleet with global reach.

Book Review: War Planning 1914, edited by Richard F. Hamilton and Holger H. Herwig

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
War Planning 1914 assesses the prewar plans of the six major European participants in World War I, in particular exposing the weaknesses that led to years-long stalemates on all fronts.

Book Review: Seat of Empire, by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

Published: January 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr delivers an absorbing history of Texas' state capital and the battle waged over its future by none other than Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and first president of the Republic of Texas, and his onetime vice president Mirabeau Lamar.

Book Review: Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico, by Lynda A Sánchez

Published: January 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Following up on the work of mentor Eve Ball, Lynda Sánchez shares Apache legends and lore recorded by Mescalero-Lipan Percy Bigmouth.

Book Review: The Horrell Wars, by David Johnson

Published: January 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm
David Johnson walks a limb with this neutral recounting of the extralegal activities of Texas' troublesome Horrell brothers.

Book Review: Necessary Evil, by Joe Johnston

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Missouri native Joe Johnston explores the violent, lawless birth of his home state and the necessary role vigilante groups played in its settlement.

Book Review: Frontier Fare, by Sherry Monahan

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm
Sherry Monahan, president of Western Writers of America, tempts readers and eaters (and what readers aren't?) with dishes culled from original frontier recipes.

Book Review: Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, by Robert M. Poole

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 1:17 pm
In his second history of Arlington National Cemetery, Robert Poole relates stories centering on Section 60, resting place of fallen American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Book Review: Abducting a General, by Patrick Leigh Fermor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 1:04 pm
British Special Operations Executive veteran Leigh Fermor issues his long-awaited firsthand account of the 1944 kidnapping of the commanding German general from Crete.

Book Review: Survivors of Stalingrad, by Reinhold Busch

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Historian Reinhold Busch takes a disquieting look behind German lines during the brutal 1942-43 fight for Stalingrad.

Book Review: A Great and Glorious Adventure, by Gordon Corrigan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 12:46 pm
British military scholar Gordon Corrigan relates the dynamics of medieval warfare and politics in his history of the Hundred Years' War.
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