Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Appomattox 1865

Appomattox 1865:  Lee’s Last Campaign, by Ron Field, illustrated by Adam Hook Although I am a prolific reader of books relating to the American Civil War and have been since my youth, I have not read very much of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ought Yankee Traitors Rule The Nation?

Ought Yankee Traitors Rule The Nation?  by a North Carolina Backwoodsman This book is only thirteen pages, and my review of it is likely almost as long as the book itself.  Imagine yourself a year after the Civil War, when … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ideological Origins Of The American Revolution

The Ideological Origins Of The American Revolution, by Bernard Bailyn In one sense, this book is not a particular surprise.  If you are familiar at all with the writings of Bernard Bailyn [1], you will have some idea of what … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era

Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era:  The Man And His Times, by K.M. Kostyal To be sure, among the many thousands of books about Abraham Lincoln [1], this is one of the more inessential ones.  That is not to say that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Year Of Meteors

Year Of Meteors:  Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, And The Election That Brought On The Civil War, by Douglas R. Egerton It ought to surprise no one that I am fond of reading books about the complex relationship between Lincoln and … Continue reading

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Salvaging The Past

[Note:  The post below is my prepared text for a speech given to the LSI veterans of WWII on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.] Having met some of you earlier today, I feel it is necessary to begin … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Forty-Seven Days

Forty-Seven Days:  How Pershing’s Warriors Came Of Age To Defeat The German Army In World War I, by Mitchell Yockelson This is the fourth of the books on World War I [1], and it is pretty plain to see that … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Thunder And Flames

Thunder And Flames:  Americans In The Crucible Of Combat, 1917-1918 by Edward G. Lengel This is the third World War I book I received as part of an epic book review project [1].  So far there has been an overall … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Barbarous Years

The Barbarous Years:  The Peopling Of British North America:  The Conflict Of Civilizations, 1600-1675, by Bernard Bailyn This is not a book to be devoured in my usual fashion.  It is a book that requires a fair bit of time … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Begin The World Anew

To Begin The World Anew:  The Genius And Ambiguities Of The American Founders, by Bernard Bailyn While I cannot say that I would entirely agree with the author’s politics, especially as he shows a sense of rhetoric about the complexities … Continue reading

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