Category Archives: Books

Review of “Present at the Creation” by Dean Acheson

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department by Dean Acheson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Dean Acheson memoir, published in 1969, has a title that is actually very appropriate. Acheson was a State Department official … Continue reading

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Review of “Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad” by William Craig

Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad by William Craig My rating: 4 of 5 stars Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began one of the bloodiest campaigns in military history. This book covers the Battle … Continue reading

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Review of “Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939”

Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another book on Hitler? Why take the time, especially since I have read Kernshaw, Shirer, and lots of other writing on the subject. Volker Ullrich has put out … Continue reading

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Review of Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan

Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Margaret Macmillan brings us an entertaining and very well written book that details the Nixon opening to China, and how the visit … Continue reading

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A Review of Professor Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder My rating: 4 of 5 stars A short read from Professor Snyder, who tells us that “history does not repeat, but it does instruct.” Professor Snyder gives us some … Continue reading

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Review of Tim Weiner’s “Legacy of Ashes”

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Tim Weiner has put together a well researched history of the CIA that will be discouraging for those that think “the Agency” has … Continue reading

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Review of “Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency”

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pretty good timing in picking up this book, with Trump firing Bannon just a short time ago. It was … Continue reading

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