WWII Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West Premiering May 6 on PBS

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I’d been contacted by a publicist at PBS to preview the upcoming documentary that begins airing this week (May 6th), WWII Behind Closed Doors. I’ve had a chance to watch the full documentary and found it fascinating. When I think of PBS, I think of credibility. Add credibility […]

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Acquisition: An Army At Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942 – 1943 Plus…

Just a note that I’ve picked up a copy of An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson. This book, the first in his Liberation Trilogy, won the Pulitzer Prize. I was quite impressed by Mr. Atkinson’s book, Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War, which I reviewed […]

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War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

John W. Dower. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. Pantheon, 1987. See Pantheon’s site for this book here. See Professor Dower’s profile here. Published on: 1987-02-12 ISBN-10: 0394751728 ISBN-13: 978-0394751726 Binding: Paperback 416 pages Dower proposes in this out-of-the-ordinary work that we must constantly work at correcting and re-creating historical memory […]

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Sobering Numbers

As I was finishing up my reading on the American Revolution this evening, I learned the following regarding the percentage of the American population killed in several of our wars. 1st place:  Civil War  – 1.6 %  of population killed 2nd place: American Revolution – 1.0 % of population killed By contrast, 0.06 % of […]

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Next Course: "Studies in U.S. Military History"

I just took a break from working on my academic book review due today to register for my next class which starts April 7. “Studies in Military History” is the second in the “core” requirements courses and so deals with more general topics. The first was “Great Military Philosophers.” The course examines the military heritage […]

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