The Last Battle by Stephen Harding

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...

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Napoleon and the Art of Diplomacy by William Nester

NAPOLEON AND THE ART OF DIPLOMACY: How War and Hubris Determined the Rise and Fall of the French Empire by William Nester is not about Napoleon’s diplomacy as art, but more as brute force. Nester traces Napoleon’s rise to power as a successful general in the mid 1790s to the master of Europe in 1812 and how it all came crashing down in 1814.  Throughout this time, Nester contends that Napoleon wove a web of alliances through treaties and setting relatives on the thrones of various...

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The Gnome Lexicon by Marcia Lewandowski

I wanted to bring to your attention a book that came my way, The Gnome Lexicon.  Readers of this blog will know I am a sucker for quirky books with well done illustrations that touch on folk lore or fairy tales so it is no surprise that I found this volume intriguing. From the publisher: The Gnome Lexicon is a comprehensive study on gnome lore. Altogether there are seventy plus gnomes that represent fifty-nine cultures included in the book. They are divided up into twelve chapters according...

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