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  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Dogs of War

    Dogs of War By Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. 208 pp. Scholastic, 2013. $12.99. This well-executed graphic novel, based on real war stories about canine escapades of derring-do, is really three tales about World War I, World War II, and...

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    Book Review: The Longest Day

    The Longest Day: The Illustrated 70th Anniversary Archive Edition By Cornelius Ryan. 256 pp. Barrons, 2014. $59.99. D-Day’s most beloved epic retelling has been upscaled as a sumptuous coffee-table book stuffed with memorabilia and...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Bombing Nazi Germany

    Bombing Nazi Germany:  The Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign That Defeated Hitler in World War II By Wayne Vansant. 104 pp. Zenith, 2013. $19.99. For decades, air operations in World War II didn’t draw the attention lavished on...

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    Book Review: The Burning Shore

    The Burning Shore: How Hitler’s U-Boats Brought World War II to America By Ed Offley. 288 pp. Basic, 2014. $27.99. In June 1942, flames leapt into the air and black smoke from the last giant oil tanker in a northbound convoy filled the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Reviews: A Matter of Honor by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

    Historian Richard B. Frank reviews authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan's latest book on the controversial career of naval commander Admiral Husband S. Kimmel...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Evans Carlson, Marine Raider

    Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America’s First Special Forces By Duane Schultz. 256 pp. Westholme, 2014. $26. General Jimmy Doolittle said his toughest leadership challenges were deciding which mavericks to protect,...

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    Book Review: WWII Coffee Table Books

    HITLER’S WAR: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine By Jeremy Harwood. 224 pp. Zenith, 2014. $25. The biweekly Wehrmacht magazine was sleek and glossy and full of arresting photos and...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Hiroshima Nagasaki

    HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath By Paul Ham. 640 pp. St. Martin’s, 2014. $35. Sometimes revisionist history is a revelation; sometimes it’s mere sensationalism. Unfortunately, this book is...

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    Book Review: Hoover’s Secret War Against Axis Spies

    HOOVER’S SECRET WAR AGAINST AXIS SPIES FBI Counterespionage during World War II By Raymond J. Batvinis. 312 pp. Kansas, 2014. $34.95. DOUBLE AGENT The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring By...

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    Book Review: Endgame at Stalingrad- The Stalingrad Trilogy, Volume 3

    Endgame at Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy, Volume 3 Book One: November 1942, Book Two: December 1942–February 1943 By David M. Glantz with Jonathan M. House. 655 pp.; 744 pp. University Press of Kansas, 2014. $39.95 each. David...

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    Book Reviews- Armchair General March 2015

    Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History  by David T. Zabecki, editor; William H. Van Husen, Carl O. Shuster and Marcus O. Jones, assistant editors; foreword by Dennis Showalter (ABC-CLIO, 2014). Weider History Group chief military...

  • HistoryNet, Reviews

    Book Review: Ministers at War

    Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet  by Jonathan Schneer (Basic Books, 2014) When Winston Churchill be- came British prime minister on May 10, 1940, he realized that the dire situation his country faced in the dark,...

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    Book Review: Valley of the Shadow

    Valley of the Shadow  by Ralph Peters (Forge Books, 2015) Ralph Peters once again superbly demonstrates his complete mastery of the craft of writing historical fiction. Valley of the Shadow joins his previous prize-winning novels on the...

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    Game Review: Falling Skies

    Falling Skies: The Game is a turn-based tactical game in which players control fire teams of human soldiers from 2d Massachusetts as they work their way through a campaign and attempt to piece together a powerful weapon to combat aliens...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War

    Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century By David F. Schmitz, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014 The shadow of the Watergate scandal, and President Richard M. Nixon’s subsequent resignation, dominates most studies of...

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    Book Reviews: Chasing Shadows

    Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate By Ken Hughes, University of Virginia Press, 2014  Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley called Richard Nixon “a diabolical pragmatist,” and Ken...