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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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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


My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor by Selma van de Perre - Book Review

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Published: Scribner - May 11th, 2021

Selma van de Perre was 18 when the Nazi's seized the Netherlands in 1940.
For the entire duration of the war, she resisted in every way she could while hiding her Jewish heritage even from her closest allies. Every holocaust story I've ever read has left me breathless, detailing so many acts of courage, unthinkable miracles, and razor thin life and death moments. Selma's memoir is all of this and more. It kept me reading late into the night marveling at her steel grip on hope against all reason and without which she would never have survived Ravensbruck. My Name is Selma is delivered plainly by an amazing woman in her 90s who has gifted us all a fresh cautionary tale. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


King Richard: Nixon and Watergate--An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - May 25th, 2021

Paranoid, vengeful, vulgar, awkward, yet also valiant, caring, and sensitive: Richard Nixon's complex personality is on full display in this smashing narrative. Dobbs shines a glaring light not only on Nixon, but on the double-dealing duplicity of those within the sinking Watergate White House. ~ 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


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

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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Larson’s day-by-day account of the Battle of Britain is a masterpiece of historical literature. Told with vivid prose and impressively comprehensive research, The Splendid and the Vile drops you helplessly onto the streets of London in 1940, at the height of one of the most consequential and heroic moments of the war. You will see the swarms of bombers crossing the light of the full moon, hear the dreadful wail of the air raid siren, smell the smoke of a thousand incendiary bombs, and feel the rumble of the war growing closer and closer to home. Most magnificent of all, though, is the reminder that against the backdrop of death and destruction, life must go on: babies are born, couples are wed, and hope kindles anew beneath the rubble. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


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

This is Gladwell's first foray into straight historical expose, yet his trademark incisive revelation of unexpected truths is on full display. I was mortified, actually, physically revolted by the truths revealed here. Gladwell's editorial self-control is commendable- his thematic elements regarding the beginnings of the Air Force in the years immediately before and then during WWII draw the reader into these “founding aviators” abiding goal to use aerial combat as a significant force towards the benefit of all, including combatants; ie. to shorten wars and lessen overall casualties through the use of targeted aerial assault. What actually happened, in spite of these goals, will stay with me forever, Hirosihma and Nagasaki perhaps not being the worst violence ever inflicted on an enemy by the U.S. Military. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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