Archive for the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

Book Review: The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan is a thought provoking book which tells a good story and asks some hard hitting questions. The book is divided into three parts: the post-Vietnam era and introduction of counterinsurgency (COIN) warfare line of thinking into the US military, the history of COIN in Afghanistan and Iraq (with input from Washington politicians), and a third part which analyzes what was accomplished and the value of this strategy.

Book Review: 108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson

108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson is a book featuring photographs of guitars (and guitars only) of famous guitarists. The book took 17 years for Ms. Johnson to compile and photograph.

Book Review: My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941 by Bess Taubman and Ernest Arroyo

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941 by authors Bess Taubman & Ernest Arroyo and illustrated by Edward L. Cox Jr. is a non-fiction book which has the look and feel of a post WWII scrapbook and tells the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath.

Book Review: Napoleon by Andrew Roberts

The author’s astute understanding of the material has provided the book with a fresh take on a man that so much has been written about. Mr. Robert’s understanding of the times and personalities helped him convey that information in a clear, concise manner which kept this book relatively short (considering Napoleon’s notoriety and achievements).

Book Review: Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret M. Sullivan

While I might not be the greatest Jane Austen devotee (a Janeite as I learned), I do appreciate her talent and I do love history and books about books. This book could easily be categorized under “History” in any bookstore, the artwork is varied, chronological and the text explains the pictures in the historical context in which they are presented.

Book Review: The Talmud: A Biography by Harry Freedman

t’s amazing to read about the history of the Talmud paralleled that of the Jewish people. During the pogroms and ages which anti-Semitism was a societal and politically accepted, those who seek to destroy the Jews tried also to destroy the Talmud, mainly because they didn’t understand what it was about (ridiculously bringing about the blood-libel scenarios over and over).

Book Review: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke

About: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke is a non-fiction book which details the biggest escape from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during World War II.  The book was first published in 1982 and won acclaim world wide. 416 pages Publisher: University of Illinois Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0252064798   My rat­ing for Escape […]

Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead tells the story of the small village and its surrounding area which were responsible for saving thousands of people during World War II who were on the Gestapo’s wanted list. The villagers saved many Jews but also resisters, freemasons, communists, and downed Allied airmen.

Book Review: GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

The story is told through the eyes of the woman who lived it, while it took around the same time, each one had an individual and unique experience. While the synopsis might sound like a fairytale (falling in love, crossing the ocean, etc.) the reality was much harsher and difficult.

Graphic Novel Review: Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day by Wayne Vansant

About: Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe by Wayne Vansant is a graphic novel recounting the events of that fateful day and those leading up to it. 104 pages Publisher: Zenith Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0760343926     My rating for Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day – […]

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