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MHQ Reviews: Walter Cronkite's World War II Daze

Timothy M. Gay | Published: May 03, 2012 at 8:17 am
In an excerpt from Timothy M. Gay's book, Assignment to Hell, Walter Cronkite recounts his first experience in a glider as a reporter in World War II.

Mincemeat: An Author Has His Say

Robert M. Citino | Published: August 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm
An author should always have his say. This week: Denis Smyth, author of "Deathly Deception," weighs in.

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Reviewed by Richard R. MullerBy Frederick TaylorHarper Collins, New York, 2004 On the night of February 13, 1945, nearly 800 heavy bombers of Royal Air Force Bomber Command attacked the beautiful old German city of Dresden, known before …

The Siege of Budapest: 100 Days in World War II (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Krisztin UngvryYale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 2005 One of the publishing events of the past year was Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies. It was in every way a work …

Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Christopher Bayly and Tim HarperHarvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2005 The American view of the war with Japan begins at Pearl Harbor, proceeds through Midway, Guadalcanal and "island-hopping," and ends with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. …

Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Reviewed by Mary Kathryn BarbierBy Norman MossHoughton Mifflin, New York, 2004 The spring and summer of 1940 were a tumultuous time in Europe. The so-called Phony War ended, and German troops invaded Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and …

The Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Reviewed by Conrad CraneBy Charles T. O'Reilly and William A. RooneyMcFarland, Jefferson, N.C., 2005 This book is as much a piece of history as a work of history. William Rooney and Charles O'Reilly are a former advertising executive …

Countdown to Victory: The Final European Campaigns of World War II (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Barry TurnerWilliam Morrow, New York, 2004 It's hard to review Barry Turner's new book without reference to the recent work by Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. Hastings' anecdotal history of …

Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, 1941-1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by David R. Stone By Marius BroekmeyerUniversity of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wis., 2004 Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, the English translation of Marius Broekmeyer's Dutch original, attempts to portray the human side of the Soviet experience of …

Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Ardennes Offensive, 1944-1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Danny S. ParkerDa Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2004 On December 16, 1944, a great force of three German armies (Sixth SS Panzer, Fifth Panzer and Seventh Army)— some 24 divisions in all, including no …

If the Gods Are Good: The Epic Sacrifice of the HMS Jervis Bay (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Gerald L. Duskin and Ralph SegmanNaval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2004 This seems to be a good time for tales of heroic naval action. First came James L. Hornfisher's very successful The Last Stand …

Invasion Diary (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Dennis ShowalterBy Richard TregaskisUniversity of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2004 Writer and correspondent Richard Tregaskis covered World War II, Korea and Vietnam from a frontline perspective. He remains best known for his first book, Guadalcanal Diary. …

Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Donald A. DavisSt. Martin's, New York, 2005 Donald Davis' book will appeal to general readers, but as a work of history it is sadly lacking in many respects. The book covers an interesting episode …

Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Dennis ShowalterBerkley Caliber, New York, 2005 Dennis Showalter has long occupied a unique place in the field of military history. There are many fine scholars out there, professors who do their time in the …

The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by John D. BurtEdited by Peter TsourasGreenhill Books, London, 2004 I must start this review with a word of truth in advertising. The latest alternate history book from Greenhill, The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios…

A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm
Reviewed by Carol ReardonBy Emily S. RosenbergDuke University Press, Durham, N.C., 2003 Emily S. Rosenberg argues that, even in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese attack on Hawaii, the popular rallying cry to remember what happened on December …
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