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Book Review: The Russian Civil War

The Russian Civil War, by Evan Mawdsley In many ways, reading this book is sort of like the opposite experience of reading about the experience of the American or Spanish or Finnish Civil Wars, for example. In those latter two … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Diary From Dixie

A Diary From Dixie, by Mary Chesnut This is an interesting diary.  Like many Civil War diaries, it was revised during the postwar period, and there is a moment towards the end of the diary when the author thinks about … 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: 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: Franco (Profiles In Power)

Franco (Profiles In Power), by Sheelagh Ellwood This book does not really need to exist.  I tend to question the sanity, as well as the wisdom, of someone who writes an obvious hackjob of a biography of someone for whom … Continue reading

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Book Review: Franco: A Biography (Fusi)

Franco:  A Biography, by J. Fusi This book is sort of the middle ground when it comes to biographies that one would expect about a man like Francisco Franco.  Some biographies view Franco as a great man and take his … 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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