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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion,
"If we were allowed to magically roll back history to the start of the twentieth century and undo one -- and only one -- event," author Adam Hochschild asks toward the end of this powerful and sobering …
reviewed Fool's Masquerade. December 09, 2010
Fool's Masquerade
It had been a while since I read a short historical romance, so I decided to look through the large stack of books my mother gave me. I picked one at random and was pleasantly surprised by the premise. …
reviewed The Isle of Avalon. November 06, 2010
The Isle of Avalon
   The mystical Isle of Avalon, where the Lady of the Lake guards Excalibur and the evil Melwas keeps Guinevere a prisoner underneath the Tor; Nicholas Mann, historian and author, explores its …
reviewed Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, a.... October 05, 2010
Elizabeth I
Mary Queen of Scots, and Queen Victoria  are world-class queens, but they must yield the gold to Elizabeth I who made a successful cult of virginity, who was wily, brave, and charismatic, stubborn …
reviewed The Great Silence: Britain from the S.... September 19, 2010
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, I think it's pretty much indisputable now that it, and not the second war that followed, was the watershed event of the bloody and unmourned …
reviewed Citizens of London: The Americans Who.... September 10, 2010
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
Few people remember how hard America tried to stay out of World War II. Even as Hitler moved from country to country, many Americans, our Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy in particular, were determined …
Druids: A Very Short Introduction
Druids have fascinated popular imagination for over two thousand years. In recent years, they have enjoyed revived interest due largely to the emergence of various New Age and earth-based spiritual and …
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the
This book is an excellent companion to this author's previous work "The Perfect Summer", which tells of life in England in the last years before the tragedy of the war. Here we are told the tales of what …
reviewed The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of An.... January 24, 2010
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
In The Lady in the Tower, Alison Weir has turned her sights toward that much maligned figure, Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. Most everyone knows the story of how she captured his attention, igniting …
reviewed Citizens of London: The Americans Who.... January 24, 2010
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
The review copy of this book I received through the Amazon Vine program has the subtitle "The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour." The published edition, on the other hand, carries …
reviewed Citizens of London: The Americans Who.... January 10, 2010
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
This extremely well-written book details the lives and careers of three Americans, Edward R. Morrow, W. Averell Harriman and John Gilbert Winant, who went to London during the height of Britain's struggle …
reviewed The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of An.... November 29, 2009
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir is, of course, a household name among Tudor aficionados. Although it hardly seems possible that anything new can be said about the Tudor monarchs "Lady in the Tower" is rich in details that …
reviewed The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of An.... November 27, 2009
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
I always eagerly await the release of any book written by Alison Weir - both her fictional works as well as her historical, always well researched, books never fail to please. I am happy to be able to …
reviewed The Professor and the Madman: A Tale .... August 03, 2008
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder,
Absent the anti-Christian bias of his geological disaster books, Winchester writes a very good tale about a fascinating sidebar of history during the compilation of the OED. The madman was an American …
reviewed Ronald Cartland,. January 03, 2008
Ronald Cartland,
Today is I think a good day to remember Ronald Cartland, since it is the hundred-and-first anniversary of his birth in 1907. Although I had run across his name in my Churchill-related reading as one of …
reviewed Katherine Swynford. December 13, 2007
Katherine Swynford
I admire Alison Wier's writings enormously - she has a gift for telling a biography like a great novel and at the same time her research skills are immaculate. This book is a remarkable achievement, detailing …
reviewed Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who.... September 27, 2007
Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought
In her introduction to this magnificient history, Lynne Olson gives a hint as to her person politics when she says "[u]sing tactics that have striking resonance today, Chamberlain and his subordinates …
reviewed Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who.... September 19, 2007
Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought
This book should put to rest forever the mistaken notion that Churchill's ascension to be Prime Minister was a foregone conclusion in 1940. In great detail, the author has laid out all of the work done …
reviewed Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who.... July 20, 2007
Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought
In a well-known cartoon by Sydney Harris, a mathematician works at a blackboard. A complex mass of equations is labeled "Step One," while on the other side of the board, a simple syllogism is "Step Three." …
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder,
Some readers, I know, dislike Simon Winchester's conversational, discursive, sometimes off-on-a-tangent narrative style, but I for one find it richly rewarding. I first discovered it in "Krakatoa," his …
reviewed Airman at the Helm. August 03, 2006
Airman at the Helm
Growing up, Eric Blackman wasn't especially interested in school, it seems, but he loved boats -- sailing them, maintaining them, talking about them, reading about them. And so as he came of age during …
reviewed The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916. June 13, 2006
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
It's a difficult task to write history that is well-researched, in depth, and factually precise, but at the same time aware of the narrative power of an evocative story well told. "The Price of Glory" …
reviewed Spitfire into Battle. May 17, 2006
Spitfire into Battle
(Posted from Edinburgh, Scotland) W.G.G. Duncan Smith's writing illustrates all the (stereotypical?) reserve and nonchalance of the World War II RAF fighter pilot. His narratives of aerial battles, close …
reviewed Conundrums for the Long Week-End : En.... October 05, 2005
Conundrums for the Long Week-End : England,
More than most popular mystery sleuths, Lord Peter Wimsey was a man (and a character) who belonged to a specific era. When the hopeful optimism and sense of promise of the 1920s and early 30s were overshadowed …
reviewed 1066 and All That: A memorable histor.... March 23, 2000
1066 and All That: A memorable history of England
What is wonderful about this book is that it is extremely silly - I imagine it would appeal strongly to fans of Monty Python - it has very similar humour. On a more serious side I feel you would need …
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