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Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Michael Van Dyke

In some ways this book is tangential to the military history I usually read.  Yet the epic of World War II influenced, shaped or ruined people from all walks of life.  In that sense it isn’t too far afield to … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor by Craig Nelson

So far on this site I’ve posted less than a dozen book reviews, yet I find myself now revisiting the Pearl Harbor raid.  No doubt this is an important and complicated event! Join with me for a second look at … Continue reading

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The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer

An account of the last year of World War II in the Pacific, this book is the latest from the author of “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors” and “Neptune’s Inferno”. Join me for a brief look at an … Continue reading

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Vichy Air Force At War by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell

This fascinating history looks at a less known aspect of the war.  Starting with an overview of Armee de l’Air performance in the Battle of France, and then exploring operations in a variety of far flung and minor theaters for … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury by Randall Hansen

This is a fascinating and well written book on the combined bomber offensive, that is, British and American strategic bomber operations against Nazi Germany. Join me for a brief look a thoughtful and well researched study.

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The Last Battle by Stephen Harding

This surprising story is from the waning days of World War II in Europe.  An old Austrian castle being used as a prison for French VIP prisoners becomes a battle ground when their American liberators and “tame” Wehrmacht regulars come … Continue reading

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American Commando by John Wukovits

The US Marine 2nd Raider Battalion, with its colorful and controversial commander Evans Carlson, made plenty of headlines during World War II, but this is the first serious attempt at a history of that unit as far as I know. … Continue reading

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