This is the kind of book where you want to lose yourself in the story and are compelled to read it whenever you have free time. But instead I had to force myself to finish it after I had invested time in starting. If you like big, messy, sprawling stories about a secret history with lots of violence and sex then this may be for you. Just didn’t work for me.
I just received in the mail The Nazi Titanic by Robert P. Watson. I hope to read it soon and post … More
A wonderful look at a pivotal battle for control of the Shenandoah Valley. The book gives an excellent account of the battle and all of the participants. Patchan uses various sources, both primary and secondary, to describe the flow of the battle.
Although Cornwell is known for his fiction writing, he shines in this latest endeavor in historical writing. He is one of the best writers that I know in describing men in battle. He uses this skill to great effect when describing the visceral combat between the combatants.
Robert Holmes delves into a turbulent time in international affairs for the United States, describing these two events in the context of the espionage world. I am skeptical of his theory, but Holmes brings in some interesting points.
This book is an example of great research and wonderful writing. The authors do justice to the soldiers and leaders of both sides. A must-read for anyone wanting to fully understand how the Confederates were able to dominate the Union at Chancellorsville.
On Wednesday we kicked of the new year by listing the top five fiction books I read in 2013. Today let’s move on to non-fiction. I read 24 non-fiction books last year and I picked five that stood out as my favorites.
May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Germans. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue fourteen prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It’s a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.
There have been hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of pages written about World War II. Every aspect of it has been studied – everything from the types of weapons to the battles to the major personalities to the common soldier or sailor. However, it is a unique person who can describe all of this in a short history.