History

Book reviews on books dealing with history.

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    "Railroad 1869: Along the Historic Union Pacific," by author Eugene Arundel Miller with photographs by Arundel C. Hull, William H. Jackson and others vividly portray the desolate plains and rugged Utah canyons, the colorful construction camps and short-lived towns along the way. Present day readers can "travel" across Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah, envision and relive the challenges and adventures faced by the builders which includes; desolate terrain, lawlessness, and colorful lifestyles of construction camps, and the race to meet the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit.

    This scholarly exploration of hypnotism's history traces the roots of hypnotism from ancient times to the start of the modern era. John C. Hughes, the author of "The Illustrated History of Hypnotism," is the Research Editor for the Journal of Hypnotism and is internationally known as an authority of the history of hypnotism. This classic book is a major contribution to the literature of hypnosis and will be used as a source book and reference volume for many years to come.

    "More Than a Memory" edited by Victor Volkman, defines how modern warfare affects the lives of those who lived it, and how it affected their families when they returned from war. The men who have contributed to this volume each have played a part in Viet Nam, whether as medic, air cavalry, recon, forward observer, or just plain grunt. In writing about their experiences, in fictionalizing them to create a framework for meaning, or through poetry to capture the full drama, the veterans try to understand and release the pain they felt, witnessed, and too often buried. Through these diverse voices, readers come to understand the collective truth of the Viet Nam experience.

    Taking the Sea by Dennis Powers: Book Review

    Author Dennis Powers returns to the maritime world he has so frequently written about with such compelling power. In "Taking the Sea," Powers explores a nearly forgotten part of sea-faring history. From early beginnings when the poor followed sinking ships to enrich their lives a little, to the golden age of Wreckers following the Civil War, and on into the early twentieth century when steamships and schooners ruled transportation, Powers tells the tales of shipwrecks and the fearless, or at times, mercenary men who came to their rescue and received their share of what was saved.

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