On Books: A (Short) List of My Favorite Books About World War II

If you’re a Constant Visitor to this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a long-time history buff and bibliophile. I have been reading since I was little, and I became interested in military history – primarily World War II – in 1969 at the age of six. Although I might be misremembering things, the firstContinue reading “On Books: A (Short) List of My Favorite Books About World War II”

Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)

“But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far.” – Attributed to Lt. Gen. Frederick “Boy” Browning, commanding officer of I British Airborne Corps and overall commander for Operation Market-Garden On May 17, 2018 – September 11 in the U.S. – Viking (a subsidiary of Penguin Random House) published the British editionContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)”

Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’

On October 5, 2011, Oxford University Press published Craig L. Symonds’ The Battle of Midway, one of the 18 books in the Pivotal Moments in American History series, which is edited by David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. Based on exhaustive research and drawing on a cornucopia of new revelations about theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’”

Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time

It’s early afternoon here in my small corner of Florida on this last day of Summer 2020. My blinds and curtains are closed, so my study is perhaps darker than it ought to be. Even so, the weather here is still “summery,” as it’s partly sunny and humid (66%) outside. Per my PC’s weather app,Continue reading “Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time”

Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy

In his afterword to Twilight of the Gods: The War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, naval historian Ian W. Toll tells readers that his original concept when he started working on a new history of the Pacific War (1941-1945) was for a one-volume history of the 44-month-long conflict that began with the Japanese “blitz” againstContinue reading “Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy”

Book Review: ‘The World Remade: America in World War I’

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.”— President Woodrow Wilson, on the StateContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The World Remade: America in World War I’”

Book Review: ‘A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918’

On May 30, 2006, Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, published G.J. Meyer’s A World Undone: The History of the Great War, 1914 to 1918, a one-volume history about the most misunderstood conflict that very few people living in the 21st Century know about: World War I. Overshadowed by the global conflict thatContinue reading “Book Review: ‘A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918’”