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16 12, 2015

Review: Black Earth by Timothy Snyder

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Gift Ideas, Historical, Military, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


black earth book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Timothy Snyder takes a fresh historical look at the Holocaust and not only ties together the events and logistics of the time, but also approaches the information with a view on modern day events and ethics. Snyder is an intelligent and careful writer, detailed and fills the book with maps, personal narratives pulled from survivors, participants, documentation and beyond. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning highlights the Holocaust, obviously a much studied and often discussed event and churns up new information along with a message of caution and raised awareness for citizens of today and the future. The terrible actions as well as the humanitarian acts that were also transpiring during this time in history each carry important lessons on humanity, civility, good and evil. While circumstances and groups have changed, Snyder

25 09, 2015

Review: The End of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven

By | September 25th, 2015|Categories: Historical, Military, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


end of tsarist russia book coverReviewed by Nikhil Sharma

The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven is a serious, dense, and sometimes overwhelming look into Tsarist Russia on the threshold of World War I. Lieven’s first chapter, “A World of Empires”, is a sweeping account of the world from 100-years ago: the Ulster crisis in Britain, the industrialization of economies, the Boer politics in South Africa, the core-states of Prussia and Piedmont in Germany and Italy respectively, the after-effects of the Congress of Vienna of 1814-15, the nationalism in the Balkans, and the rise of Japanese power. As the centenary celebrations of the First World War reverberate around the publishing and television world, countless books and tele-series have been launched to make sure we never forget how it all started. The assassination of Franz

3 07, 2015

Blog Tour: American Wife by Taya Kyle

By | July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Memoirs, Military, Nonfiction|Tags: , |4 Comments


american wife book coverPlease join Taya Kyle, author of American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Meg Massey

On February 2nd, 2013, Taya Kyle’s life changed forever. It was an unexpected turn of events, considering that her husband Chris was finally home from war, and their marriage was stronger than ever. But on that day, the man she loved, a devoted father and dedicated Navy SEAL, was killed while trying to help a struggling veteran. In mere moments, all that Taya and Chris had built together came crashing down around her, leaving her a widow and single mother to two young children.

Chris Kyle’s life and experiences as a Navy SEAL sniper are the subject of his book, American Sniper, as well as the 2014 film of the same name.

8 01, 2015

Review: Paris at the End of the World by John Baxter

By | January 8th, 2015|Categories: Historical, Military, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


paris at the end of the world book coverReviewed by Jax Kepple

World War I was an absolutely incredible, global war that permanently changed European life forever. John Baxter’s Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 aimed to take the journey through Paris to see how the city and the civilians coped with the war. However, this swift read is one of disjointed vignettes, threaded through with a narrative of how Baxter’s grandfather served from Australia and what had happened to him.

Each chapter takes on another aspect of European life and how the war affected it – it reads like several magazine stories, with one theme (WWI) but not much else joining it together. It jumps from prostitution to doughboys to Picasso’s Parade ballet. And all these topics are just touched upon and not detailed,

23 12, 2014

Review: Fire and Movement by Peter Hart

By | December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Historical, Military, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


fire and movement book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

On August 4th, 2014, the world remembered the unofficial start of the First World War one hundred years ago. In 1914, Europe went to war in possibly the greatest clash the world had seen (to that time); soon after, much of the world joined in. Tensions were high in June 1914, then like a match striking a fuse, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 began the downward spiral to all-out war. Like all wars, it was an event of terrible loss and destruction punctuated by moments of humanity and possibly hope. The destruction, casualties and deaths resulting from the Great War seemed to know no bounds.

In his latest historical reference book, Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914, Peter Hart captures the events and mood

15 01, 2010

Review: Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq by Chris Coppola

By | January 15th, 2010|Categories: Memoirs, Military, Nonfiction|Tags: , |1 Comment


6952515Reviewed by Leigh A.

War is Hell. But for a child it’s ten times worse.

Dr. Chris Coppola knows that all too well. He’s seen how a child’s large head and closeness to the ground make it an easy target for explosives. He’s seen how burns that cover more than 50% of a child’s body – cases that could be easily treated in US hospitals – are often fatal in war-torn Iraq.

Dr. Coppola went through two deployments to Balad air force base in Iraq during his time as a Pediatric Surgeon for the US Air Force. During his first deployment, he saw the damage done to children during the war. But he also saw the overall hope of a nation that was certain after the war things