Book Review: ‘Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb’


Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb (1995) By: Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar Publisher: Simon & Schuster The Invasion That Never Was In 1995, the Golden Anniversary of the Allied victories in Europe and the Asia-Pacific theaters of World War II, Simon & Schuster published Code-Name Downfall: TheContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb’”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review


A cold front passed through Central Florida between yesterday afternoon and early this morning, so the temperature in Lithia (as I write this) is 47°F/8°C under mostly cloudy skies on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The house is warmer than that, thank the Force, but I still have that nagging cold, and the combination of lowContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review”

Music Album Review: ‘I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings: VE Day Celebration Edition’ (2020)


I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings VE Day Celebration Edition Release Date: March 26, 2020 (Original version released on November 9, 2018) Record Label: Sony Music UK On Friday, November 9, 2018, Sony Records released I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings, the recording debut of The D-Day Darlings, a British “wartime choir” of nine womenContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings: VE Day Celebration Edition’ (2020)”

On Books & Reading: ‘Hell to Pay’ Gets Added to My TBR Stack


As I reported yesterday on my blog post Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 3, 2022, or: Movies, Moods, and Aspirations, Amazon Prime delivered my copy of D.M. Giangreco’s Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947, a non-fiction book about the plans, projections, and preparations for the U.S.-led Allied invasion ofContinue reading “On Books & Reading: ‘Hell to Pay’ Gets Added to My TBR Stack”

On History & World War II: Commemorating the 77th ‘Non-Anniversary’ of ‘X-Day’


As you – probably – know if you’re a frequent visitor to this space, I have been a World War II buff since I was a young boy (of six!) living in Bogota, Colombia. Because the war was massively global in scale – far more so than the First World War, in fact – andContinue reading “On History & World War II: Commemorating the 77th ‘Non-Anniversary’ of ‘X-Day’”

Reflections on America and Its History: Takeaways from the First Part of ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands,Continue reading “Reflections on America and Its History: Takeaways from the First Part of ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’”

About Blu-rays: First Looks at ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’


Last night I finished my three-night “binge watch” of Star Trek: Picard’s second season, which was released on Blu-ray by Paramount on Tuesday. The series, which was created as a three-season-long story for the streaming service Paramount+, is a sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and the four feature films that followed it.Continue reading “About Blu-rays: First Looks at ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General


Childhood Dreams vs. Cold, Hard Reality When I was nine years old and my mom allowed me to dream about careers that were realistically out of my reach because I have cerebral palsy, one of my “I want to be X when I grow up” roles that I wanted most was “professional military officer.” EvenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General”

On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. It is a hot, gray, and cloudy day here in the Tampa Bay area. The present temperature is 83°F (28°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 82% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 9 MPH (14Continue reading “On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!”

On Books & Reading: TBR Stack Update – ‘Fire & Steel’ by Carrick-Adams Due to Arrive Earlier Than Anticipated


Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. It is an oppressively hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the north at 2 MPH (4 KM/H),Continue reading “On Books & Reading: TBR Stack Update – ‘Fire & Steel’ by Carrick-Adams Due to Arrive Earlier Than Anticipated”