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    Artists on War: War in Miniature

    The military heir to Genghis Khan ensured his legacy through the creation of detailed histories illustrated with small but splendid paintings. After Genghis Khan’s empire disintegrated in the 14th century, another brilliant and ruthless...

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    The Unintended Revolution

    Mexico’s war of independence started out as a coup and ended—thanks to a charismatic priest—with the creation of a nation. On August 25, 1810, Francisco Xavier Venegas de Saavedra, New Spain’s recently appointed viceroy,...

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    How the French Won the American Revolution

    Decrepit ships, snarled signals, and indecision doomed the British at the Battle of the Virginia Capes and secured America’s independence. It is impossible to say who was more astounded that sunny morning of September 5, 1781, when...

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    FDR Writes a Policy in Blood

    FDR’s blind insistence on unconditional surrender prolonged World War II and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. From January 14 to January 24, 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met and argued amiably and com- promised...

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    Togo Ignites The Rising Sun 1904-1905

    Admiral Togo opens the door to the Rising Sun’s catastrophic era of militarism. On the evening of February 8, 1904, life in the Russian military encampment at Port Arthur was good. The commander of the Russian Far Eastern Fleet, Vice...

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    MHQ Book Review: Wired for War

    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century By P.W. Singer. 499 pp. Penguin Press, 2009 $29.95 Droids locked and loaded, ready to take over the world. As P.W. Singer describes in his latest tome on modern...

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    MHQ Book Review: We Are Soldiers Still

    We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam By Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway. 247 pp. HarperCollins, 2008 $24.95 Sometimes a book is so good that it cries out for a sequel. Such is the case for We Were...

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    MHQ Book Review: Lincoln and His Admirals

    Lincoln and His Admirals By Craig L. Symonds. 430 pp. Oxford University Press, 2008 $27.95 We know a great deal about President Lincoln’s relations with his generals, but much less about his dealings with his admirals and his Navy...

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    Arms & Men: Shrapnel’s Lethal Shells

    Henry Shrapnel’s invention was obsolete by World War II, but its legacy of death and mutilation continues. The British guns that wreaked havoc on the French at Waterloo fired four kinds of ammunition. Three of these— round shot, common...

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    The Rise and Fall of CSS Virginia

    Did a radical new Confederate gunship foil McClellan’s plan to end the Civil War in 1862? In late 1861, conventional wisdom, North and South, posited that he who control Hampton Roads in Virginia controlled the fate of the nation. And...

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    Bragadin’s Defense

    In 1571, a Venetian captain’s fatal defiance at Famagusta hardened the lines between the Christian and Muslim worlds. On a late September day in the autumn of 1571, Marc’Antonio Bragadin, commander of the Venetian fortress of Famagusta...

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    Giant Killer in the War of 1812

    William Jones’s shrewd strategy was the key to America’s asymmetric warfare against the Royal Navy in 1812. In June 1812, on the eve of America’s headlong plunge into mad war against the mightiest seaborne power in the world, old...

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    The Price of Liberation

    In 1944, the Allies freed Caen from the Nazis. But the residents had to wonder: Was it worth the deaths of thousands and the pulverization of their city? In the final year of the Second World War, inhabitants of occupied countries across...

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    Quelling a Pirate Revolt

    In 1718, a former British privateer finally brought Blackbeard and his cronies to bay. After 15 years of war and not 10 months of peace, British authorities realized they had a problem on their hands in the spring of 1714: a failed state...

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    MHQ Book Review: Masters and Commanders

    Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–1945 By Andrew Roberts. 674 pp. Allen Lane, 2008 $35 The special relationship that developed between the United States and Great Britain during World War II was...

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    MHQ Book Review: Weller’s War

    Weller’s War: A Legendary Foreign Correspondent’s Saga of World War II on Five Continents By George Weller. 633 pp. Crown Publishers, 2009 $29.95 Though he won a Pulitzer Prize for his World War II reporting, George Weller of the...