Category Archives: Military History

Book Review: The Tragedy Of The Templars

The Tragedy Of The Templars:  The Rise And Fall Of The Crusader States, by Michael Haag Historians often face a conundrum when it comes to providing context for their books.  On the one hand, with too little context the historian … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Brief History Of Israel

A Brief History Of Israel, by Bernard Reich This book generally lives up to its name, and is a worthwhile book if one wants to read an insider’s perspective of the history of Israel as an independent nation.  Admittedly, my … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict:  1947-1951, by Ilan Pappé If you want to read what a pro-Arab source has to say about the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict, this book will provide that.  Now, admittedly, my own views of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tolkien And The Great War

Tolkien And The Great War:  The Threshold Of Middle-Earth, by John Garth This particular book will remind its readers about the focus of the recent movie on Tolkien [1] that focused its attention on the TCBS and Tolkien’s school-age friends, … Continue reading

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War Stories

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, November 2, 2019.] When I was an undergraduate student minoring in military history, one of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Countdown To Valkyrie

Countdown To Valkyrie:  The July Plot To Assassinate Hitler, by Nigel Jones There are a lot of things that one can take away from a book like this.  It is easy to look at the failure of the Valkyrie plot … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rommel: The End Of A Legend

Rommel:  The End Of A Legend, by Ralf Georg Reuth Rommel was precisely the sort of general that it was easy for his opponents to appreciate.  He was tactically brilliant, behaved in a chivalrous fashion towards other leaders, and was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Smuggler Nation

Smuggler Nation:  How Ilicit Trade Made America, by Peter Andreas There is a pattern that one finds in terms of copyright protection that companies which are copyright-poor tend to support short copyright times so that more information gets into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crisis Of Islamic Civilization

The Crisis Of Islamic Civilization, by Ali A. Allawi This book has a quite interesting focus, and that is the way that Islamic society has faced and largely failed to deal with the crisis of modernity.  Whether one looks at … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Great Civil War

A Great Civil War:  A Military And Political History, 1861-1865, by Russell F. Weigley It just so happens that the political and military aspects of the Civil War (and just about any other subject) happen to be my own favorite … Continue reading

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