Category Archives: Military History

Book Review: The Mexican War

The Mexican War, by Otis A Singletary It is fascinating, at least a little bit, that this book markets itself as part of a series about the Chicago History of American Civilization.  And while I am still not completely sure … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mexican-American War (The Story Of Mexico)

The Mexican-American War (The Story Of Mexico), by R. Conrad Stein What this book does remarkably well is the way that it puts the Mexican-American war in a context that is aimed at American reading audiences but provides the history … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mexican-American War (Westward Ho!)

The Mexican-American War (Westward Ho!), by Emily Raabe Although this book is a very short one, at only 24 pages, it manages to include the Texan War of Independence as part of the context of the Mexican-American War, thus increasing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Slaves And Slavery In Ancient Rome

Slaves And Slavery In Ancient Rome, by Zvi Yavetz What is it that you think of when you think of slavery in ancient Rome?  There are admittedly several angles that you could think of, but in judging this book it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk:  Leadership, Strategy, Conflict, by Edward J. Erickson An online stranger asked me what I thought about the founder of the Turkish republic, and my response to the immediate query was that I did not know enough about … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Mounts

[The following are the notes for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on April 11, 2020.] I know that most of us have not been traveling very much recently because of the stay at home order in this … Continue reading

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The Right Thing Done The Wrong Way Is Still The Wrong Thing

I have pondered for the last several days the brouhaha that has developed over the actions and response to those actions relating to the former captain of an American aircraft carrier who released an insecure message about the health concerns … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia

Hero:  The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia, by Michael Korda This book, a sprawling effort of about 700 pages, sufficiently demonstrates the difficulty of writing about its subject.  There are a variety of reasons for that–the subject remains … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Pillars Of Wisdom: A Triumph

Seven Pillars Of Wisdom:  A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence This sprawling book of more than 650 pages is evidence simultaneously of the reason why autobiographies cannot be trusted and also why they cannot be rejected out of hand either.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lawrence In Arabia

Lawrence In Arabia:  War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, And The Making Of The Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson It is probably best not to know how the modern Middle East was made.  This book focuses on a small set of … Continue reading

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