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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) by Rick Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250231321
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

This book is a masterpiece as bold and cunning as Washington’s Christmastime attack across the Delaware. Drama, intrigue, and a cast of surprisingly colorful characters abound in this battle-by-battle recounting of the early years of the War for Independence. The British Are Coming honestly reads like Game of Thrones-just with less dragons and more tricorn hats-as political rivalries, bloody feuds, and massive set-piece style battles engulf the American colonies from Quebec to the Carolinas and everywhere in between.

With so much at stake, every shot holds immense importance, and Atkinson drives that point home, emphasizing not only the significance of the war but also the tragic cost in both lives and matériel. Never in my life have I worried so much about firewood and rope, let alone those darn gunpowder kegs that Congress could never supply enough of. To think this is only the first book in his trilogy. My heart can’t take any more supply shortages.

In summary-despite the reader knowing exactly how the story ends The British Are Coming turns the Revolutionary War into nothing short of a riveting page-turner. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780767904438
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Published: Broadway Books - September 1st, 1999

Visceral, nuanced, and realistic memoir of a young man's experience in Viet Nam. O'Brien's trenchant descriptions of officers, civilians, and fellow soldiers are matched by his candid depictions of his own moral and emotional struggles about fighting in a highly questionable war. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S. C. Gwynne - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501116223
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Published: Scribner - October 29th, 2019

Gwynne splendidly achieves dual aims by unstintingly revealing the manifest horrors of the Civil War's final year, and keenly capturing the human, and sometimes humane, characteristics of its major and minor participants. As Lincoln, Grant, Lee, and the rest are trapped in the maelstrom, Gwynne unearths their aims, prejudices, prerogatives, and decisions which ultimately led to the preservation of the United States of America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335005564
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 5th, 2019

A rousing account of a most improbable life: a descendant of slaves, Eugene Bullard fled rural Georgia as a kid to become, among other things, a French citizen and its first black fighter pilot, a boxer, a nightclub owner, an associate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Josephine Baker, and a spy whose story strangely resembles Rick in the movie Casablanca, right down to Bullard's relationship with Dooley Wilson. By retrieving Bullard from the shadows, the authors have revealed a one-of-kind, unforgettable personality. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743270755
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 26th, 2006

Lincoln's magnanimity, intelligence, compassion, wit, and empathy shine on every page. His utter lack of vindictiveness earned his rivals' respect, and, "with malice toward none, with charity for all," he gave the nation, and its people, an incandescent ideal. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Women's War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War by Stephanie McCurry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780674987975
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Published: Belknap Press - April 15th, 2019

This is a story that needed to be told. A major new work of Civil War history, this volume does not only challenge conventional assumptions about women in the Civil War, but dispels the notion that a "woman's role" is limited to the sidelines in any war. This ought to be required reading for any history buff! ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


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