Category Archives: History

Book Review: After Mandela: The Struggle For Freedom In Post-Apartheid South Africa

After Mandela:  The Struggle For Freedom In Post-Apartheid South Africa, by Douglas Foster Among the more unfortunate aspects of this book is the way that it demonstrates the sad fact that we do not write history, or current events for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The History Of South Africa (Greenwood Histories)

The History Of South Africa (The Greenwood Histories Of The Modern Nations), by Roger B. Beck If it cannot be said that the reading of the history of South Africa is a pleasant matter, this book at least is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: International Dimensions Of The Western Sahara Conflict

International Dimensions Of The Western Sahara Conflict, edited by Yahia H. Zoubir and Daniel Volman There is an air of unreality about a great deal of what has been written about the Western Sahara conflict.  During the 80’s and 90’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: War And Refugees: The Western Sahara Conflict

War And Refugees:  The Western Sahara Conflict, edited by Richard Lawless and Laila Monahan This book is not a particularly long one, but it is a good effort in demonstrating the broad level of interest that at least some academics … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Western Sahara (The Washington Papers)

The Western Sahara (The Washington Papers), by David Lynn Price It’s interesting to read a short book like this that seeks to present a very obviously slanted view of a somewhat neglected and forgotten corner of the world.  To be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Proof: How The World Became Geometrical

Proof:  How The World Became Geometrical, by Amir Alexander There is something deeply ironic in this book.  The irony exists on several levels.  Some of the book’s ironies are intentional, such as the way the author spends most of his … Continue reading

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A Thin Line Between Friends And Snakes

Recently I read a story about a church that promised a sort of tithe of reparations for some sort of imaginary wrongs as a way of appealing to the woke, perhaps as an attempt to evangelize to them.  Politics has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy

Vicksburg:  Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy, by Donald L. Miller For whatever reason, there are a lot of books that have been written about the Vicksburg campaign and many of them are broadly similar, which suggests that a market … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg 1863

Vicksburg 1863, by Winston Groom It is strange to think that the author of Forrest Gump as being a Civil War historian, but that is the case.  This is in many ways a mixed bag.  The author has a strong … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg: The Battle That Won The Civil War

Vicksburg:  The Battle That Won The Civil War, by Mary Ann Fraser As a fond reader of history works that deal with the subject of the American Civil War, it is always intriguing to see how various aspects of this … Continue reading

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