Category Archives: Military History

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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Book Review: Robert E. Lee: Icon For A Nation

Robert E. Lee:  Icon For A Nation, by Brian Holden Reid This book is an interesting case of what happens when someone attempts to write a generally praiseworthy account of a man without whitewashing him or seeking to promote neo-Confederate … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle For Spain

The Battle For Spain:  The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, by Antony Beevor It seems that almost in spite of himself the author has created a fair-minded if not particularly graciously so account of the Spanish Civil War.  Unless you have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lord Of All The Dead

Lord Of All The Dead:  A Nonfiction Novel, by Javier Cercas At the basis of this book there are two fundamentally flawed premises.  The first, and most germane to the topic of the book, is that the author seems to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hell And Good Company

Hell And Good Company:  The Spanish Civil War And The War It Made, by Richard Rhodes Why was this book made?  It seems as if the author looked at the large number of books that are written about the Spanish … Continue reading

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Book Review: Francisco Franco (Arraras)

Francisco Franco, by Joaquin Arraras This biography is a fascinating one in large part because it was written and published in 1938 in England while Franco was in the process of leading the Nationalist side to victory in the Spanish … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revolutionary War: Western Response

Revolutionary War:  Western Response, edited by David S. Sullivan and Martin J. Sattler This book was disappointing for several reasons.  The first of these reasons was that the scope of the book was so narrow.  One would expect that as … Continue reading

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Second Mover Advantage In American Military History

The United States has been in a great many wars, but many of them have followed a consistent pattern.  The Americans are minding their own business blithely going about their business of trading and seeking to do business throughout the … Continue reading

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