Book Review: Leningrad: State of Siege

Leningrad: State of Siege by Michael Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars Westerners tend to think of their losses, sacrifices, etc., when thinking about WWII, and Americans in particular like to "brag" on how not only did they save the world twice in less than 35 years, but "won" WWII. I'm an American with …

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Book Review: Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction

Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction by Joseph M. Siracusa My rating: 4 of 5 stars At a little over 150 pages, this book covers a lot of ground in a short format. Unfortunately, while I did think it was pretty good, its focus wasn't entirely what I wanted, and it lacked in some areas. …

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Book Review: Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk by Len Deighton My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a pretty good book, but it had some information and assertions that surprised me. I've spent my whole life as a war buff, spent much of my youth consumed with WW II, thought …

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A Review of I Am Malala

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai My rating: 5 of 5 stars I finished I Am Malala a few weeks ago and have put off writing a review for it for quite awhile because I was so overwhelmed by it. It had …

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A Review of Mao Tse-Tung on Guerrilla Warfare

Mao Tse-Tung On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-tung My rating: 5 of 5 stars I can't believe I discovered this treasure in a Maryland antique store last week while visiting the Eastern Shore from Tennessee with my wife. As a long time student of the Vietnam conflicts and Ho Chi Mihn, and to a lesser …

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A Review of The Green Berets

The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U. S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit by Robin Moore My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this book. I first read it many years ago in high school and it's stuck with me ever since, so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I …

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A Review of What The Dormouse Said

What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry by John Markoff My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was a fascinating history of personal computing in America, most specifically in Northern California, most especially in the Stanford region. I swear, I had no idea that Stanford played such a …

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A Review of The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973

The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973 by Shelby L. Stanton My rating: 3 of 5 stars This could have been an interesting book if the author hadn't gotten so bogged down in minute details. It's about the American military in Vietnam, circa 65-73, and it's pretty comprehensive, …

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