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Book Reviews

American Isolation Advocates

By Al Hemingway

As war clouds loomed over Europe prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, many Americans were divided into two camps—isolationists or interventionists. Read more

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Tragedy and Triumph

By Christopher Miskimon

On January 21, 1945, Lt. Col. Felix Sparks looked out over the rough, hilly terrain of the Vosges Mountains near Reipertswiller, France. Read more

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Fallujah Awakens

The Iraq War is now considered a closed chapter in U.S. history but the true lessons are only now beginning to be drawn. Read more

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Petraeus’ COIN Strategy

By Al Hemingway

Hard-charging and charismatic, U.S. Army General David Petraeus, together with a cadre of subordinates, attempted to rewrite the methods used by the military to wage future wars. Read more

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America’s First Prisoners of War in the Philippines

By Al Hemingway

On the morning of April 12, 1899, a U.S. Navy cutter from the USS Yorktown with a crew of 14 sailors and one officer cautiously made its way up the Baler River in the province of Aurora in the northeastern section of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Read more

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

By Al Hemingway

On the cold, dark morning of January 18, 1943, the familiar sound of German Army jackboots could be heard in the Jewish sector of Nazi-occupied Poland. Read more

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Hitler’s Pope

By Al Hemingway

History has not been kind to the Roman Catholic Church during World War II, especially Pope Pius XII, who was the spiritual leader of the church during that period. Read more

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Tracking Nazi Murderers

By Al Hemingway

On the bone-chilling night of March 24, 1944, shadowy figures from nowhere out of the ground. They emerged from a makeshift tunnel that led from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III located approximately 100 miles southeast of Berlin to a wooded area outside the barbed wire. Read more

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Treasury Spy for Stalin

By Al Hemingway

Harry Dexter White was an unassuming man. His metal-framed glasses, child-like appearance, and mild demeanor endeared him to people. Read more

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Father of Tuskegee Airmen

By Al Hemingway

On the hot, humid afternoon of May 22, 1934, a one-seater Buhl “Pup” aircraft slowly descended from the skies over a large field near the all-black Tuskegee Institute in eastern Alabama. Read more

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The Life of John Quincy Adams

By Al Hemingway

John Quincy Adams, son of the second president of the United States, John Adams, sat across from his counterpart, British Admiral Lord James Gambier, at Ghent, Belgium, desperately attempting to hammer out a peace treaty that would end the War of 1812. Read more

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Debunking Pusan

By Al Hemingway

There is no doubt that the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade performed magnificently during the dark early days of the Korean conflict. Read more

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D-Day Deception

By Al Hemingway

An odd assortment of spies was recruited by British intelligence to fool the Nazis as to the exact time and location of the Normandy landings. Read more

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Killing Bin Laden

By Al Hemingway

In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, Stealth Hawk helicopters maneuvered their way through the inky blackness toward their target, a walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to capture or kill the person who masterminded the September 11 attacks against the United States, Osama bin Laden, code-named Geronimo. Read more

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Savagery at Nomonhan

By Al Hemingway

On a March day in 1939, a 40-man combat patrol from the Japanese Kwantung Army, led by Major Tsuji Masanobu of the operations staff, made its way to the base of Changkufeng Hill, a 450-foot-high mountain located on a ridge line near the Tyumen River in Manchuria. Read more

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Masters of Command

By Al Hemingway

Among Alexander the Great, Hannibal Barca and Julius Caesar, the question is often asked, “Who was the best leader?” Read more

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Blood in the Snow

By Al Hemingway

Before World War II, the peaceful, serene Belgian village of Malmedy, located in the eastern portion of the country in the province of Liege, was a resort. Read more