From the archives: 4th of July reading

I thought it might be interesting to dig into the archives and pull out some 4th of July themed books.  So here are 4 for the 4th: –> The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S Wood The American Revolution is no stranger to the tug and pull of partisan cheerleading posing as scholarship (not to say that some of that cheerleading isn’t accurate and worthwhile). I am sure that those with strong interest and/or knowledge in the subject would say that Gordon S. Wood has a bias...

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Defying Empire by Thomas m. Truxes

Defying Empire by Thomas M. Truxes is a fascinating book about the trade between New York merchants and the French during the French and Indian War.  Prior to reading this book, I did not even know that there was such trade between the two during the war. The book is a straight narrative account of the New York merchants who traded with the French before and during the French and Indian War – they did this despite the prohibitions put forth by the British government to stop the...

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In the Mail: history edition

–> 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood Publishers Weekly Critically acclaimed historian Flood (Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War) provides a brilliant, compelling account of Lincoln’s dramatic final full year of life-a year in which the war finally turned in the Union’s favor and Lincoln faced a tough battle for re-election. After Union defeats at the Battle of Cold Harbor and the siege of Petersburg, Confederate General...

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In the Mail: history edition

–> 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood Publishers Weekly Critically acclaimed historian Flood (Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War) provides a brilliant, compelling account of Lincoln’s dramatic final full year of life-a year in which the war finally turned in the Union’s favor and Lincoln faced a tough battle for re-election. After Union defeats at the Battle of Cold Harbor and the siege of Petersburg, Confederate General...

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War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest by Michael Rosenberg

Few sports fans would argue that we needed yet another book about the “Ten Year War” – the intense rivalry between the University of Michigan and Ohio State football teams and their iconic coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler. The subject has been covered voluminously in books, magazines, newspapers, and videos (I have reviewed a few myself). So I have to credit Michael Rosenberg for coming up with a new angle to approach this classic subject.  His book, War As They Knew...

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In the Mail: Personal Stories edition

–> Our Longest Days: A People’s History of the Second World War by Sandra Koa Wing Description “This was life as it happened and there’s nothing more fascinating than reading history through the words of those who lived it.”-Publishing News This is a powerful, detailed, and warming story of World War II told through the previously unheard voices of those who described the home front for the “Mass Observation” project. Using diaries that have never...

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In the Mail

–> American Rifle: A biography by Alexander Rose Amazon.com Review Given the title, American Rifle is a book that many potential readers might dismiss without a thought. Don’t do it: Alexander Rose’s peculiar “biography” is not written for gun enthusiasts–though they’ll certainly enjoy it–but for anyone interested American history from George Washington to the Wild West to Iraq. Drawing on original sources ranging from Samuel Colt to the...

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In the Mail

–> American Rifle: A biography by Alexander Rose Amazon.com Review Given the title, American Rifle is a book that many potential readers might dismiss without a thought. Don’t do it: Alexander Rose’s peculiar “biography” is not written for gun enthusiasts–though they’ll certainly enjoy it–but for anyone interested American history from George Washington to the Wild West to Iraq. Drawing on original sources ranging from Samuel Colt to the...

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Knights of Jerusalem by David Nicolle

Knights of Jerusalem: The Crusading Order of Hospitallers 1100-1565 by David Nicolle is an excellent overview of this Order of knights. It is 201 pages, including three appendixes, with illustrations and photos interspersed throughout the text. The book has a brief history of the Order detailing its roots, expansion, and changing mission. Additionally, Nicolle includes a wonderful timeline of the important events in the Order’s history. Following the history, the book is organized ...

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