History

A True History of the United States: Indigenous Genocide, Racialized Slavery, Hyper-Capitalism, Militarist Imperialism and Other Overlooked Aspects of American Exceptionalism by Daniel Sjursen - Book Review

Searing, extraordinarily critical analysis of American history from Jamestown to the present day. That Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army major gives extra heft to the themes stated in his subtitle: indigenous genocide, racialized slavery, hyper-capitalism, militarist imperialism, and other overlooked aspects of American exceptionalism. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie Brown - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250200846
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 31st, 2021

This book is spectacular. Brown's ability to analyze and cull fact from myth and sometimes outright fiction from original sources as well as early and contemporary scholarship (such as gender analysis through DNA research) is astounding. What Brown brings to the reader is a colorful and insightful exploration of the varied lives of women in the Northlands. These women could walk 25 miles a day to weave cloth, run a farm, community, business, and wield a sword. Brown's gift is her own ability to tell a great story and not lose sight of facts. She is a true Skald-History Keeper. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802148650
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Published: Grove Press - January 19th, 2021

Harrowing history of a violent white supremacist takeover of a southern city, and how its revolting tentacles spread decades of discrimination and racism in the Jim Crow south. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation by Thomas Dyja - Book Review

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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 16th, 2021

Super-charged account of a super-charged city's last 40 years. Dyja weaves politics, art, economics, music, development, and hundreds of personalities that have shaped New York City for the better: a shiny tourism mecca, and for the worse: huge social inequality, through the challenges faced by today's Covid-ravaged metropolis. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey - Book Review

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 14th, 2020

An intriguing chronicle of the early history of the Mormon church, and how one man rose from obscurity to become its leader. Following the murder of Joseph Smith, the church's founder, James Strang used the power of his charisma and the tools of mass media to convince an army of followers that he had been appointed by God to rule as prophet and "King of Earth and Heaven". In ways eerily reminiscent of our times, Strang turned lies into truth and established a virtual nation state within the borders of antebellum America, causing people as powerful as the president to seek his downfall. Well researched with writing making it hard to put down, Harvey provides an in-depth look at an underappreciated part of American and LDS history. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


1941: The Year Germany Lost the War: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski - Book Review

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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2020

Hitler's Nazi regime was at the height of its powers, poised to solidify it's hold on Europe, and possibly defeat Great Britain. And yet at this pivotal moment, Hitler ignored a history he clearly understood, and opened up another front in the war by invading the Soviet Union. Ego certainly came to play in decisions made, and fear to tell the Fuhrer anything but what he wanted to hear led Germany down the road to defeat. Equally fascinating is the way that ego stood in the way of Stalin's willingness to accept the fact that Hitler intended to invade his country. Nagorski provides detailed information on all of the major players in this drama, as well as the lesser known figures who played roles behind the scenes. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


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