John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger

In my opinion, John Quincy Adams is one of the most misunderstood men in American history.  Although he was reviled as a President of the United States, he was highly respected as an accomplished statesman and congressman.  Harlow Giles Unger attempts to shed light on America’s sixth President in his book John Quincy Adams. Here is a brief summary of the book from the publisher: Born to Founding Father John Adams, handpicked by President George Washington to serve American interests...

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Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan by Joseph Wheelan

General Philip Sheridan is best known as the third member of the triumvirate of Union generals (the others being Grant and Sherman) that led the Union Army to victory over the Confederate Army.  Joseph Wheelan brings Sheridan back-to-life in his book entitled Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan. Sheridan started the war in obscurity as a lieutenant, but quickly rose in the ranks partly through his own actions and partly because of good fortune.  Wheelan adroitly...

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The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die by Michael Stephenson

The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle by Michael Stephenson is a bit of a morbid topic, but it is insightful about the nature of combat and the differences between cultures regarding combat.  Stephenson tells the story of how soldiers throughout time have died in battle. As the publisher notes in its description of the book, the book is organized chronologically with frequent comparisons between different ages.  It covers the Greek phalanx and the Roman legion, medieval warfare in...

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