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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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Book Review: Four Years Till Tomorrow

Four Years Till Tomorrow:  Despair And Hope In Wartime Dutch East Indies, edited by Sheri G. Tromp It is easy to see why this book exists.  That is not to say that everyone who comes across this book will appreciate … Continue reading

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Book Review: World War I: The African Front

World War I:  The African Front:  An Imperial War On The African Continent, by Edward Paice In a way, this book does not quite live up to its title.  To be sure, it is a very good book about World … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: A Shorter History Of Australia

A Shorter History Of Australia, by Geoffrey Blainey, read by Humphrey Bower Admittedly, Australian history is not something I consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable about beyond the general details of aboriginal settling and isolation, British settlement, and Australia’s simultaneous … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Captive Paradise

Captive Paradise:  A History Of Hawaii, by James L. Haley, read by Joe Barrett This book has a difficult task and the author manages to succeed in that difficult task fairly well.  On the one hand, the author clearly wanted … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood And Thunder

Blood And Thunder:  An Epic Of The American West, by Hampton Sides This book’s title comes from a sort of popular sort of adventure fiction that made historical people like Kit Carson out to be immensely brave and fantastically successful … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Heart Of Everything That Is

The Heart Of Everything That Is:  The Untold Story Of Red Cloud, An American Legend, by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin One of the more fascinating aspects about the contemporary desire among many historians to write books about the vanquished … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire Of The Summer Moon

Empire Of The Summer Moon:  Quanah Parker And The Rise And Fall Of The Comanches, The Most Powerful Indian Tribe In American History, by S.C. Gwynne Having read a bit about the Comanches before, I was not surprised to see … Continue reading

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