Archive for Items Categorized 'History', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Napalm: An American Biography

by Robert M. Neer

Horrible stuff. And horribly effective. This is a disturbing examination of the disconnect between technocratic progress and morals and the laws of war. What ends justify such nightmarish means?

War and Remembrance

by Herman Wouk

You know you’ve seen the book or heard about it. Wouk himself wrote the screenplay for the TV mini series—but reading the book has an altogether different impact. Don’t miss it!

One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II

by M. Todd Bennett

The film theater and the geopolitical theater come together in a book that explores how movies affect pubic opinion.

The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

by Beth Tompkins Bates

Built it and they will come. Henry Ford did a lot more than rethink the assembly line or the $5 workday. He hired African Americans and they left the South and came by the tens of thousands. What did each expect of the other?

Pacific Crucible, War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942

by Ian W. Toll

Well-trodden ground, to be sure, but Toll gives a good introduction and also incorporates recent scholarship that sheds more light on both parties to the conflict.

War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861–1865

by James M. McPherson

Almost a David-and-Goliath scenario! Civil War-era naval engagements were relatively small and few but had a disproportionately large impact. This excellent book too is relatively small—and makes a large impact.

Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

by Arthur Herman

Two men who never donned a uniform were absolutely critical to America’s dominance in the war. At last here is a book to tell their story and the one of public and private sector cooperation. Don’t think for a moment this is a boring book!

500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

by Kurt Eichenwald

In the aftermath of 9/11 political leaders scramble to appear as if they’re on top of the situation. Bending the truth, torturing informants, skeptics be damned—Constitution? What Constitution? And all of a sudden, we’re at war.