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April 1865

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ISBN: 9780060899684
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 15th, 2006

Most Civil Wars end very badly for everyone. . .with continuing vengeance and cruelty. . and the American story certainly had - and still has - much to regret. But this moving and eloquent book gives hope with a story suggesting the power of honor, respect and compassion. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The First World War

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ISBN: 9780805076172
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - March 1st, 2004

Powerful history of when war ceased being romantic. Suffering and violence became industrial and an entire western generation lost it's innocence. Martin Gilbert at his best. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Crossroads of Freedom

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ISBN: 9780195173307
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 29th, 2004

The single deadliest day in American History. . .A pre-eminent historian recounts the gripping story with clarity and accuracy. Probably an instant classic. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Washington's Crossing

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ISBN: 9780195181593
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 1st, 2006

On of the finest books on the American Revolutionary War in decades, this 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner is a triumph in multiple ways. Perhaps a simple (and brief) way of suggesting its excellence is to say that it may easilly appeal equally to those who have minimal familiarity with the subject as well for those who are thoroughly knowledgable. Really. To start with, the research is prodigious and the carefully supported new discoveries are surprising: yes, George Washington may have been standing up in the boat as it crossed the ice choked Delaware; yes, there were bloddy footprints in the snow; and no, the Hessians were not drunk or hung over when the exhausted Continentals attacked shortly after daybreak on December 26. And speaking of the Hessians, they were anything but the brutish thugs that earlier histories have described. And nearly 25% of them chose to stay in America when the war finally ended. But impressive research, supported by wonderfully informative footnotes and generous appendices, is only for starters. What makes Fischer's work invariably appealing is the quality of his writing, which is accessible without being simplistic and dramatic without being contrived.In fact,reading WASHINGTON's CROSSING may remind many readers of how it feels to read a very good suspense novel. Except in this case the story is desperately and dangerously true. And what a story it was. Less than 6 months after the Declaration of Independence George Washington's army had experienced nothing but overwhelming defeat and had lost close to 70% of its numbers since mid-summer. Just weeks before Christmas 1776 Washington wrote in a private letter that "the game is nearly up." While the British prepared to finish off the dwindling rebel army (with a Springtime offensive or, preferably, with a negotiated surrender or probably both)Washington decided to gamble...and the rest, as they say, is history. David Hackett Fischer has delivered a masterpiece pure and simple. It gets no better than WASHINGTON'S CROSSING. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780195168952
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 11th, 2003

Only planning to read one history of the American Civil War? Without question, THIS IS IT. Highest Recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Flags of Our Fathers

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ISBN: 9780553384154
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Published: Bantam - August 29th, 2006

The image of the American flag being raised on Iwo Jima is one of the most recognized moments in history. James Bradley, the son of one of the flag-raisers, has written a riveting account of the battle that lead up to that moment and of the six distinct men who hoisted the flag. Photographs, maps of the Japanese defenses on Iwo Jima and impecable research create a book with an incredible depth of interest. Equally interesting is the story that continued after the battle, how the flag-raisers' lives were altered, and in some instances shattered, by the attention given them. Anyone who reads this book, especially those with an interest in American or military history, or in the pschological aftermath of war, will find it exceptional.


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