History Book Reviews

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Most recent History Book Reviews

I Wish I’d Been There Byron Hollinshead

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Subtitled: Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events That Changed America

Twenty historians and writers of historical fiction were asked to pick a…

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Aaronsohn’s Maps: The Untold Story of the Man Who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East Patricia Goldstone

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Goldstone chronicles the life of Aaron Aaronsohn, who carved careers in science, diplomacy and espionage. Furthermore, Aaronsohn does not conform to the…

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Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Race Matthew Brzezinski

Reviewed by Kristin Grabarek

Nikita Khrushchev was tired of looking over his shoulder for American spies, so he forced Americans look over their heads for Soviet spies. Author Michael…

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The Airmen and the Headhunters Judith Heimann

Reviewed by Jan Warren

The Airmen and the Headhunters is a true account of eleven young American crewmembers of a B-24 bomber, Lucky Strike, shot down over an unexplored mountainous region…

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The Devil’s Gentleman Harold Schechter

Reviewed by Andrea Stuckey

Subtitled: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century.

As any good crime historian, Schechter doesn’t report to his readers…

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Lions of Medina Doyle Glass

Reviewed by Jeff Foster

In the fall of 1967, America was fully embroiled in the conflict in Vietnam. In Quan Tre province–the farthest north in South Vietnam, and the province that…

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Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture Michael Kammen

Reviewed by Kristin Grabarek

For the past two hundred years Americans have been bewildered, riled, or both, by art. Michael Kammen provides a history of this exasperation, in his disclosure…

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The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean John Norwich

Reviewed by Alex McGilvery

In this history of the Mediterranean Sea, the author explains that after some considerable thought he decided to start with written history, and finish with the…

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The Day of Battle Rick Atkinson

Reviewed by Connie Anderson

This is the second book in the trilogy about the liberation of Europe. Atkinson also wrote Army at Dawn, which covered North Africa, and was the 2003 Pulitzer…

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A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia Thomas Keneally

Reviewed by Kristin Grabarek

The author of Schindler’s List brings us his 37th book, a history of the four years during which white Australia was born. Thomas Keneally competes with…

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A Life in Secrets – Vera Atkins and the missing agents of WWII Sarah Helm

Reviewed by Al Olsen

When I think of secret agents from the United Kingdom, normally I think of MI 5 or MI 6. Another agency was created during World War II—and disbanded at its…

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Jewish Communities on the Ohio River Amy Shevitz

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Jewish Communities on the Ohio River chronicles the establishment, rise and decline of the Jewish community on the banks of the Ohio River. In the…

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Escape From Hitler’s Europe: An American Airman behind Enemy Lines George Watt

Reviewed by Christina Smith

“Happy Birthday, Happy Valley.” That is how George Watt starts his heroic adventure. Waking up on his 30th birthday, he finds out that his flight…

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Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship Martin Gilbert

Reviewed by Edyth Abraham

Winston Churchill, for as long as he can remember, has been connected with Jews. Coming from a family with close Jewish ties, though not through blood, he has…

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What This Cruel War Was Over Chandra Manning

Reviewed by Sharron Stockhausen

I had a history professor who challenged us to look at WWII from the perspective of WWI, not from the perspective of today and the hindsight that offers. The…

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