History

Book reviews on books dealing with history.

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    Mildly interesting; wished it went deeper into topic

    3.5* TWA Flight 841 Falls From the Sky

    Book Review - Shot Down

    The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

    Fascinating!

    Time-Life does it again!

    The Fateful Decision to Enter World War One

    A visual companion to Angela McCourt's Ireland

    Target Sitting by Cathy Travis: Book Review

    Beginning the week after the 2001 attacks, "Target Sitting" carries readers through that heart-pounding day, the anthrax attack on Capitol Hill, and the full body shudder associated with working at the seat of government in the ensuing years. To deal with pressure and anxiety, Cathy Travis wrote a journal, a detailed rendition of the life and times of a wartime Capitol under attack from hostile forces inside the country. "Target Sitting" is a stark look at life in the target that al Qaeda missed in 2001. “Working on Capitol Hill was always brutal; it’s the NFL of politics,” said Travis. “Even the prospect of somebody blowing up the place was always part of our consciousness, just usually in the back of our minds. Part of the ethos of being a Capitol Hill staffer was to be tough enough to both do the work and stand the pressure of everything else.”

    A new translation of the defense speech of Socrates in clear and contemporary English and presented in a cinematic style that makes the trial of Socrates come to life. The cinematic additions make Socrates' day in court as visual and audible as it is readable, while incorporating material that would otherwise be footnoted. The cinematic technique of "Plato's Apology of Socrates," by author Steve Kostecke, helps the reader to construct a movie in her or his head - a movie of one of the most renowned defense speeches in history. The cinematic additions are largely based on John Burnet's classic 1924 notes and commentary on "the Apology" and on the the testimonia of courtroom equipment and procedure in "The Lawcourts at Athens" (The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1995).

    "A Generation Awakes" by author Wayne Thorburn tells the story of Young Americans for Freedom and its activities on American campuses from 1960 forward as well as its role in creating the contemporary conservative movement in America. Wayne Thorburn brings an insider's perspective to A Generation Awakes while stressing an objective presentation. Beginning while in college, over the next fourteen years he held nearly every position in Young Americans for Freedom, including serving as national executive director.

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