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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Winter 2012

    Does Torture Work? I take issue with Colin Woodard’s one-sided conclusion in “Why We Won’t Give Up Torture” Autumn 2011—that it does not work. Discussing torture used in the war on terrorism, he cites only one source, CIA officer...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Spring 2012

    Gentlemen, Choose Your Weapons I’m surprised that Chris McNab did not include the machine gun in “The Six Most Influential Weapons in History” Winter 2012. A lot of weapons were developed or tested in World War I, including poison...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2012

    In Defense of FDR Thank you for Joseph E. Persico’s excellent article “Did Roosevelt Doom Us to a Longer War?” Spring 2012. In all the “what ifs” of World War II, the timing of the Allied invasion of France still generates...

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    Failure is Not an Option

    George C. Marshall ruthlessly purged the ranks of his generals and set an enduring standard for what it takes to lead U.S. troops. WORLD WAR II BEGAN with a series of dismissals across the top ranks of the U.S. military. Less than two...

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    Burr in the Saddle

    Clashing with George Washington—and the British—a young Aaron Burr displays the martial spirit that would prove his undoing. He was only 19 in the summer of 1775when he arrived at the Continental Army encampment overlooking Boston....

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    A Time to Kill

    Fearing the apocalypse was near, Thomas of Marle and the knights of the First Crusade unleashed holy hell on Jerusalem. The climactic battle of the First Crusade ended with the victors bathing in the blood of the vanquished. On July 15, 1...

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    Experience: Prepare for War

    British troops en route to the Falklands gird for battle—and try to tame their jitters. At the start of the 1982 Falklands War, the BBC’s Brian Hanrahan was embedded with the troops on the British aircraft carrier Hermes as it left...

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    Gunning for Yellowstone

    Betrayal and bloodshed beget America’s first national park. On a warm evening in August 1869, a group of five Piegan Indians turned up unannounced at the home of fur trader turned rancher Malcolm Clarke, 25 miles north of Helena in...

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    William T. Sherman Joins the Navy

    Throughout the American Civil War, both sides understood the importance of railroads and rivers, the two primary means of moving goods and people across vast distances. In A Blaze of Glory, the first volume in Jeff Shaara’s Civil War...

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    ‘A Strange and Blighted Land’

    After the Rebels retreated, Gettysburg faced a second invasion, the work of thieves and scavengers, nurses and gravediggers. They came by the thousands to the scene of death and suffering. Some came to help the wounded and comfort the...

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    Guns Vs Pikes in the Habsburg-Valois Wars

    In 1522, Spanish infantrymen demonstrated the terrible power of firearms. Late in 1494, King Charles VIII of France marched into Italy at the head of a massive army—nearly 25,000 men, plus an artillery train of great siege cannons. This...

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    Alexander the Monster

    Historians say the battlefield atrocities of the Macedonian king were part of his brilliant military strategy. But were they really born of his personality? Alexander III, king of the ancient state of Macedon, is often heralded as one of...

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    The Pilot, the Prince, and the Rescue

    A U.S. airman teamed with a Romanian noble to save 1,161 Americans during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel James A. Gunn III was on his hands and knees, stuffed into a cramped, dark, and cold compartment on an Me-109G-6. The space had been...

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    Conquer or Die! Hannibal Vs Scipio

    When the armies of Hannibal and Scipio collided in North Africa, the battle gave rise to an empire. One day in late October 202 BC, two of the ancient world’s greatest generals met for a parley. The Second Punic War, between Carthage and...

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    When Japan Bombed Oregon

    After the 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo, the Japanese struck back, attacking the U.S. mainland with a bomber launched from a submarine. “Banzai!” shouted the bombardier. “Banzai!” replied the pilot. With that, enemy bombs fell on...

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    Reviews | The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid,...

    The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History By Paul Andrew Hutton. 544 pages. Crown, 2016. $30. Reviewed by Ron Soodalter   To say that a single volume...