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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Book Review: Panda Nation

Panda Nation: The Construction And Conservation Of China’s Modern Icon, by E Elena Songster How and when did the panda become so important to China, and what has been done by China to preserve the vulnerable animal and to understand … Continue reading

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Winners At A Losing Game

One of the more momentous wars in the 19th century was fought mostly in the Crimean Peninsula in the southern portion of Ukraine. Since time immemorial this constricted space has proven to be the location of ferocious conflict, and it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Diplomatic Preliminaries Of The Crimean War

Diplomatic Preliminaries Of The Crimean War, by Bernadotte E. Schmitt One of the more interesting aspects of understanding how it was that the Crimean War began is that it provides insight into understanding how it was the World War I … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle For The Falklands

The Battle For The Falklands, by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins If this book is the most thorough book I have ever read on the Falklands war and on the lack of decisiveness regarding how it was fought and how … Continue reading

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Book Review: When China Ruled The Seas

When China Ruled The Seas: The Treasure Fleet Of The Dragon Throne, 1405-1433, by Louise Levathes This book is essentially 1421 without the claims about the colonization of the Americas. Still, the essential story, for those who have an interest … Continue reading

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Would You Be So Kind As To….

I have never considered myself to be a particularly polite person. Although I do not relish interpersonal disagreements and tend to exercise considerable emotional restraint so as to avoid unpleasant scenes with those people I am around, I have frequently … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tower Of Skulls

Tower Of Skulls: A History Of The Asia-Pacific War July 1937-May 1942, by Richard B. Frank This book, a weighty work of more than 500 pages of text, to say nothing of its massive endnotes, is a revisionist history, but … Continue reading

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И Сонцето е STвезда

[Note: Dear Macedonian readers, as Macedonian is not a language I know, please comment if my title needs to be corrected.] From time to time I have pondered and generally cheered on the efforts of the small nation of North … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Neutrals

The Neutrals, by Denis J. Fodor It is perhaps not surprising that the various neutrals of World War II should find themselves shifting in response to the course of the war and that regardless of their own desire to remain … Continue reading

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