Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow and Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)

Midway (2019) Directed by: Roland Emmerich Written by: Wes Tooke Starring: Ed Skrein, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa, Aaron Eckhart, Jun Kunimura, Nick Jonas, Peter Shinkoda, Mandy Moore, Hiro Kanawaga, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid From Smight to Emmerich In the summer of 1976, as the United States prepared to celebrate its Bicentennial, Universal Pictures released Midway,Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)”

Summer Sunday Daze: On My Reading List for July

Hi, Constant Reader. It’s Sunday, July 12, and as I start this post noon is not that far away on this hot summer day. Right now the temperature outside is 92˚F (33˚C), and with humidity at 66% and a 3 MPH southwesterly breeze factored in, the heat index (or “feels like”) temperature is 108˚F (42˚C)Continue reading “Summer Sunday Daze: On My Reading List for July”

Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray

A Bridge Too Far on Home Media When producer Joseph E. Levine’s $25 million adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s non-fiction book A Bridge Too Far landed in theaters on June 15, 1977, home media as we know it today was in its infancy. Videocassette recorders existed, of course, but they were still mostly used by theContinue reading “Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray”

Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’

  Lt. Gen. Horrocks: [briefing his XXX Corps officers on Operation Market Garden] Gentlemen, this is a story that you shall tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be. [the officers laugh] The plan is called “Operation Market Garden”. “Market” is the airborne element, and “Garden”, the ground forces. That’s us. [points to a map behind him of Holland, showingContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’”

Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’

All art, no matter what the medium might be, is a product of the times in which it is created. A 1950s-era novel like Elliott Arnold’s Flight from Ashiya, for instance, will resonate with readers or movie buffs who remember director Michael Anderson’s 1964 adaptation, but it will still reflect the concerns and issues ofContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’”

Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’

The Longest Day  (1962) (Also known as Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day) Directed by: Andrew Marton (American Exterior Episodes), Ken Annakin (British Exterior Episodes), Bernhard Wicki (German Episodes), Darryl F. Zanuck (Uncredited) Written by: Cornelius Ryan, based on his book; Additional Episodes Written by James Jones, Romain Gary, David Pursall, and Jack Seddon Starring:Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’”

Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)

Two Classic WWII Histories in One Commemorative Volume On May 7, 2019, the non-profit Library of America published Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, a 75th Anniversary commemorative reprint of two classic “popular histories” of World War II: The Longest Day (1959) and A Bridge Too Far (1974). Published a decade and-a-halfContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)”