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

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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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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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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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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


The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 27th, 2021

How much of an individual's conception of what comprises moral behavior must be sacrificed during the human cataclysm of war? Gladwell approaches this difficult question by contrasting two very different schools of thought pertaining to the air bombings over Germany and Japan during the Second World War. So-called precision bombing, sporadically aided by the newly developed Norden bombsight, helped to minimize civilian casualties. The carpet bombing that indiscriminately destroyed large swaths of enemy territory also took a terrible toll on the populace but, it was argued, would shorten the war. By turns, fascinating, vastly informative, and horrifying. The author is neither preaching nor accusing, largely leaving it up to the reader to decide if notions of good and bad can even be applied in wartime. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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