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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Allen C. Guezlo

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history — the most intimate and richly readable account we have had — of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

Posted Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

Ian Kershaw

By the spring of 1944 it was evident that Germany would be defeated. Yet the war lasted until May 1945. In that last year millions of civilian lives were lost, over 400,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered, and scores of soldiers died in fierce battles. Why did the war last that “extra” year? Why didn’t Germany concede? Was it because of loyalty to Hitler, a fear of a Soviet victory, diplomatic blunders or a combination of all of these? If Hitler held such sway over the German people, how is it that they so readily abandoned Nazism in the immediate aftermath of the war? Written in a compelling narrative style, this book is fascinating.

Posted Friday, March 29, 2013

Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

Stephen G. Fritz, Ostkrieg

This book weaves together the story of the military campaign in the east with the destruction of the Jews. In most histories these are told as two rather unrelated stories. Fritz, on the other hand, shows how they were inexorably linked. It represents an important new stage in the telling of the history of the Holocaust and demonstrates that it was not something separate and apart from the war effort but an integral part of it. This book is not just for military history buffs and those interested in the Holocaust. It is a good read.

Posted Friday, March 29, 2013

The Story of a Secret State

Jan Karski

Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic and member of the underground, tells the story of the Polish underground, his secret visits to the Warsaw ghetto and transit/death camp. In 1943 he made his way to London and Washington to try ty alert the Allies to how the Nazis were killing the Jews. Few people would or could believe him. The book, written in 1944 is both an important historical document and an exciting and riveting read.

Posted Thursday, March 28, 2013

Laws of Leadership

John C. Maxwell

In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell combines insights learned from his 40-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business...

Posted Monday, January 21, 2013

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