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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385348737
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Published: Crown - February 15th, 2022

In crafting a day by day, nearly hour by hour record of the lives of Winston Churchill, his family, staff, cabinet members and even German foes, Larson offers readers a decidedly inside view of WWII/The Blitz from 1940-1941. Perhaps I now know more than I would truly ever intend to know about daughter Mary's social life, but the information and perspective gained, most especially for a moderately history-challenged reader such as myself, will always be invaluable to me. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 by Joseph J. Ellis - Book Review

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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 By Joseph J. Ellis, Ph.D. Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781631498985
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Published: Liveright - September 21st, 2021

This is a well-written, quick read given the scope of the complex history and the years it covers. Ellis cuts through the mythology of the Revolutionary War (referred to at the time as The Cause), to unveil the thinking and actions of the founders who somehow came together to form this most imperfect Republic. He is quick to point out the contradiction of these "United States" who often found it difficult to turn away from regional priorities to join a larger cause, and who also allowed the original sin of slavery to fall like a shadow on every decision they made. A refreshingly honest look at the characters and circumstances that made this nation, and how that drama continues today. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John "Chick" Donohue - Book Review

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War By John "Chick" Donohue, J. T. Molloy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062995476
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

An amazing ride from start to finish. Join John Donohue as he does the unthinkable. Hitchhiking across the active combat zone that was Vietnam all so that he can bring some friends from his hometown some good American beers. What started as a simple trip in Donohue’s mind quickly became so much more as he was caught in the middle of the Tet offensive. This book is surprising, suspenseful and informative as well as John not only educating the reader on what it was like back home during Vietnam but what it was like overseas for the soldiers and the Vietnamese themselves.This is one of those books where once you finish it you would give anything so you could reread it for the first time and experience the excitement of what will happen next, because chances are you will never be ready for what happens during the greatest beer run ever. ~ Reviewed by Jordan Starks


Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule - Book Review

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Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause By Ty Seidule Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250239266
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 26th, 2021

Withering takedown of a man often taken for granted as a hero. Seidule traces his evolution from a young, rapt devotee of Robert E. Lee to a military veteran and historian who now views Lee as one of the lowest traitors in American history. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John "Chick" Donohue - Book Review

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War By John "Chick" Donohue, J. T. Molloy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062995476
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

A U.S. Marine veteran is "drafted" by his friends to undertake a dangerous and unprecedented journey to deliver local beer- and best wishes and familial greetings- to neighborhood “boys” serving in Vietnam. Donohue's travel log features countless tales of his remarkable luck at actually finding his old friends at their war posts without somehow getting himself killed. Along the way, he refreshes our collective memory regarding how poorly enlisted men were treated stateside and, through his first hand account, fills in details of the war itself that many readers may have long since forgotten or never even known. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492696728
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Published: Sourcebooks - June 22nd, 2021

A wife who speaks her mind, rather than deferring to her husband, is insane. That was the cruel truth in the United States until Elizabeth Packard came along. Her story, superbly told by Moore, is terrifying, tumultuous, and, finally, triumphant. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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