“long overdue update to a tragic and avoidable Allied debacle, which continues to offer stark lessons on the dangers of hubris and substituting optimism for solid operational planning.”
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine, and his pamphlet is as instructive today as it was in 1776.
“wonderful photos and illustrations make this book entertaining . . .”
It is always a pleasure to read and review a publication that deserves one’s endorsement. This volume has a lot going for it that will be referenced below.
If there is a single military operation of retribution better known in the history of World War II than the so-called Doolittle Raid, one would be hard pressed to come up with an example.
There are few topics more controversial in modern American life than the right of citizens to own firearms.
The Allied landings on the Normandy beaches in France on June 6, 1944, and the immediate struggle beyond the Normandy beachhead during World War II hold a special place in American history.
“It is hard to imagine a reader who would not be inspired by the momentous life of Heda Margolius depicted in Hitler, Stalin and I.”
“Anatomy of a Genocide furnishes well-lit imagination, though shaded with sadness, beneficial for the communities trapped into mutual impairment in various parts o
“No American city was more important to Nazis than Los Angeles; home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world.
“Kotkin’s exhaustive research, careful historical judgments, shrewd insights, and splendid writing . . .”
“does an excellent job of placing World War II in the historical context of global conflict . . .”
“fully justifie[s] the remark of General Alan Brooke that Britain should ‘thank God . . . that occasionally such supermen exist on this earth.’”
“To say this is a convoluted story would be an understatement.”
“provides a fresh perspective on the strategic options each combatant faced as the once European war became truly global in 1941 . . .”
“offers an excellent synthesis and new insights not previously considered on Allied strategy and operational planning . . .”
“Rajsfus implicitly warns us that there will be many fellow travelers who will follow Trump through the swamp in order to wreck the American experiment.”
More often than not, when one thinks of the actions taken against the various categories of Europe’s “undesirables” in World War II, it is usually in terms of the Axis: Germany and, to a lesser ext
“should be the definitive volume on the Riviera’s World War II experience and is highly recommended.”
“The author’s assertion that Guadalcanal, not Midway, was the turning point of the Pacific War is hard to dispute . . .”
“an eminently readable story that further emphasizes and demonstrates the mettle of the Greatest Generation.”
“a solid introductory volume to anyone wishing to learn about America’s airborne forces in World War II . . .”
For the non-aficionado, war stories can be dry and slow reading, buried in the minutiae of fact, but Bill Sloan’s approach with Their Backs Against the Sea does not fall in that category.
“a magnificent book that really fills in an overlooked period of World War II.”
In late 1942, aviators of the 31st Fighter Group arrived in England. Included were thousands of others who served in the Eighth and Ninth U.S. Army Air Forces in that embattled nation.