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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–> 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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–> 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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In the Mail: Catholic History Edition

Book cover via Amazon –> The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile by Edwin Mullins Product Description Like the finest medieval tapestry, this narrative history masterfully weaves together the sweeping events surrounding what has become known as the “Babylonian captivity” of the popes into the broader story of 14th-century Europe—one of the most turbulent times in the continent’s history. It was a time of fear, ferocity, and religious agony, which saw...

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In the Mail: Catholic History Edition

Book cover via Amazon –> The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile by Edwin Mullins Product Description Like the finest medieval tapestry, this narrative history masterfully weaves together the sweeping events surrounding what has become known as the “Babylonian captivity” of the popes into the broader story of 14th-century Europe—one of the most turbulent times in the continent’s history. It was a time of fear, ferocity, and religious agony, which saw...

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