Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz
By Jeffrey Magee, Oxford University, 322 pp., illustrated, $30 (A review of the book can be found here.
"Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter" (Tarcher/Penguin), Michelle Mercer captures the musical and spiritual essence of one of jazz's living legends.”
Cole Porter: Selected
Lyrics (American Poets Project) (Hardcover)
Edward Hopper... (the book)
draws on the journals of Hopper's wife Jo, and by Peter Wollen, who
skillfully points out the parallels between Hopper's work and the film noir he loved. You might also want to check out next year's
which features 12 paintings by Mr. Hopper.
"Vintage Egypt: Cruising the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel” Text by Alain Blottiére Published by Flammarion-Pere Castor (France) 216 pages. Dimensions (in inches): 11.0 x 11.0 x 0.9. Book about exploring Egypt during The Golden Era with excelent pictures. A review of the book can be found on The Globalist Website.
Coast Watching in World War II: Operations Against the Japanese in the Solomon Islands, 1941-43 (Stackpole Military History) (Paperback) - by Walter Lord (Foreword), A. B. Feuer (Editor)
Sharon Wells Wagner makes her literary debut with the story of her
father, Red Wells - a man who has seen hardship, joy, and adventure.
Telling the tale through his eyes, she takes us on a remarkable journey
from childhood through the Second World War and beyond. Growing up poor
in small-town America, Red spends his days as a youth wandering the
streets, hopping freight trains, and shuffling from home to home. But
when he joins the Army, his life changes forever. From his early
training in the jungles of Panama to his battles in the war-torn streets
of Belgium and France, Red learns the meaning of family from the men
with whom he serves - the men of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate).
The lessons he learns and the events he witnesses influence who he
becomes, and he returns home a new man. Red Wells is more than a book.
It is a true story - a legacy to an extraordinary man and his life's
Hell is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific June-August 1944 (Hardcover) by Victor Brooks
Review: Bothell Herald - Washington,
United States: “Marysville man recalls his teen years among the Nazis,”
By Julie Muhlstein. “It begins simply: "Jan Makkreel spent his teen
years in the Netherlands during the Nazi invasion and occupation of
World War II." With that straightforward line, Marysville author Robert
Graef sets out to explain his new book, "Bicycling to Amersfoort."
Starred Review. Shaara (To the Last Man; Gone for Soldiers), who has written bestselling and critically acclaimed historical novels covering the American Revolution through World War I, takes on World War II in the wonderful first volume of a planned trilogy. As the book begins, Hitler's forces control western Europe, and U.S. troops face off against the Germans in North Africa. From fall 1942 through spring 1943, the Allies battle Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. Shaara evokes the agony of desert warfare and the utter chaos of an airborne assault through the experiences of Pvt. Jack Logan, a tank gunner, and Sgt. Jesse Adams, a paratrooper. The challenges—and frequent frustrations—of command are seen through the eyes of such luminaries as generals Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Rommel. The Allied victory in Africa is followed by the conquest of Sicily and the invasion of mainland Italy in 1943. With the Italian campaign sputtering, the Allies turn to planning for the decisive event of the European theater, the cross-channel invasion of France, which is where Shaara concludes this sprawling, masterful opening act.
- Washington,DC, United
States: “An eccentric but essential World War II leader's story –
Review of the book: “A Summer Bright And Terrible: Winston Chruchill,
Lord Dowding, Radar and the Impossible Triumph of The Battle Of
Britain” By David E. Fisher
Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II (Hardcover) by Michael Bess
From Booklist: Excluding ardent pacifists, Americans generally view World War II as the "good war" in which the goals of defeating Nazi totalitarianism and Japanese militarism eliminated moral ambiguities. But Professor Bess insists that in a war fought for moral purposes, the moral ambiguities of specific governmental or individual actions are sharpened. In this fascinating but discomfiting work, he unhesitatingly tackles some of the moral dilemmas presented by the war. How did the racism prevalent in American society undermine the moral justification of our cause? British and American opposition to Japanese expansion in Asia is examined within the context of European imperialism and exploitation. Could the bombing of civilian centers be justified on the basis of saving the lives of our military personnel? Can the necessity of defeating the Nazis be morally squared with an alliance with the equally monstrous regime controlled by Stalin? These, of course, are difficult questions, and those who prefer pat answers will have little patience with these ruminations. Yet the strength of this book is that it forces us to acknowledge and confront them. Jay Freeman - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Books that explore "What If..."
Invasion!: Operation Sea Lion, 1940 (Hardcover) - by Martin Marix Evans
From the Back Cover:
It's the summer of 1940 and the Nazis have crossed the English Channel
to invade Britain. They advance North from the South coast and great
swathes of Southern England come under German control.
Farthing (Hardcover) - by Jo Walton
From Publishers Weekly - Starred Review. World Fantasy Award–winner Walton (Tooth and Claw) crosses genres without missing a beat with this stunningly powerful alternative history set in 1949, eight years after Britain agreed to peace with Nazi Germany, leaving Hitler in control of the European continent. A typical gathering at the country estate of Farthing of the power elite who brokered the deal is thrown into turmoil when the main negotiator, Sir James Thirkie, is murdered, with a yellow star pinned to his chest with a dagger. The author deftly alternates perspective between Lucy Kahn, the host's daughter, who has disgraced herself in her family's eyes by marrying a Jew, and Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Carmichael, who quickly suspects that the killer was not a Bolshevik terrorist. But while the whodunit plot is compelling, it's the convincing portrait of a country's incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well. (Aug.)
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The Separation (Hardcover) - by Christopher Priest
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. In this subtle,
unsettling alternative WWII history from British author Priest (The
Prestige), Jack Sawyer is an RAF bomber pilot who encourages his
government to distrust the peace proposal offered by renegade Nazi
Rudolph Hess. At the same time, perhaps, Jack's identical twin brother,
Joe, is a pacifist Red Cross staffer aiding peace negotiations with a
German delegation headed by Hess. Jack's actions help shape the events
we remember; Joe's lead to a truce between Germany and Britain in 1941
that results in a disturbingly familiar postwar world. Convincingly
detailed diaries, scraps of published texts, declassified transcripts
and more baffle a historian who tries to reconcile different realities.
The brothers themselves recognize the uncertainty of motives and
actions; Joe in particular struggles to believe that he's making a
better future even though he realizes how much it costs him personally.
Many alternative history novels are bloodless extrapolations from
mountains of data, but this one quietly builds characters you care
about—then leaves their dilemmas unresolved as they try to believe that
what they have done is "right." (Dec.)
Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews (Hardcover) by Shlomo Aronson.
Book Description - Based on known and newly available information, this book explains when and why Hitler decided to destroy the Jews of Europe. It highlights the Allied refusal to deal with "the Jewish problem" in order to be able to fight Hitler, and the resulting dilemmas of international Jewish leadership.
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
"(The Author)Thomas Woods is a college history professor with a
surprise hit on his hands. His upbeat look at our past, "The
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History," has become a
best-seller by putting a decidedly different spin on the liberal
"facts" and myths we learned from our school textbooks." From
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - By Bill Steigerwald.
|"Freedom from Fear: The American
People in Depression and War, 1929–1945" by David M. Kennedy.
Book Review: “You can think of Freedom from Fear as the academic's version of The Greatest Generation: like Tom Brokaw, Stanford history professor David M. Kennedy focuses on the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War and how the American people coped with those events…”
|"For the Survival of Democracy,” by Alonzo Hamby. From Publishers Weekly “It may be hard to believe that there's anything new to say about the place of FDR's New Deal in American and world history. But Hamby (Beyond the New Deal, etc.) does so in this sobering account of how well the U.S. managed its affairs during the Great Depression…”|
|"Critical Condition : How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine" by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele. What happened to the family doctor who used to make house calls? What’s the current state of health care and how did it get this way? This book explores these issues and how health care isn’t about preventative medicine as much as it’s about bottom line and profits. (The Campain issue the Canditates DON’T want to talk about.)|
"Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil" by Michael C. Ruppert. – A report on how America’s and the western worlds dependence of oil is leaving us venerable to more terrorist attacks and may lead to the end of Civilization as we know it.
|The Nuremberg Interviews (Hardcover) by Leon Goldensohn and Robert Gellately.
From Booklist: In 1946 Goldensohn, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, conducted a series of interviews with many of the defendants and witnesses as the Nuremberg war-crimes trials unfolded. Until Gellately edited them, these interviews have been unavailable to the public. Virtually all of the top Nazi officials tried at Nuremberg are interviewed here, and their responses make for fascinating yet chilling reading.
|Shadow War: by Richard Miniter. Book Description: Shadow War is the startling report of how President Bush is bringing retribution to the enemy, and keeping America safe. A study
that reveals how Custom Officials have foiled plots by Al-Qaeda to
smuggle terrorists and bombs into The United States. Also documents how
an assassination plot against the President was prevented. (Released on
October 4, 2004)
|"Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and
the American Left” by David Horowitz. Documents the reasons why
some liberals and radical Muslims want the United States to fail in the
|"The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism,” by Chuck Morse.
Book Description: This is the remarkable story of Haj Amin al-Husseini, who in many ways was as big a Nazi villain as Hitler, and to understand his influence on the Middle East is to understand the ongoing genocidal program against the Jews of Israel. Al-Husseini was a bridge figure in terms of transporting the Nazi genocide in Europe into the post-war Middle East.
|“King of Bombs,” by Sheldon Filger
- Terrorism Book and Al-Qaeda: Nuclear Terrorism Plot in 'King of
Bombs' Suggests Next 9/11 Will Kill Millions - (PRWEB) December 19,
2005 -- The author of "King of Bombs," a novel about a future Al-Qaeda
terrorist attack on the United States involving nuclear weapons,
believes a future 9/11 may claim millions of American lives. Sheldon
Filger, a former New Yorker who witnessed the Al-Qaeda attacks of
September 11, 2001, wrote "King of Bombs" as a warning of what he is
convinced is the imminent threat of nuclear terrorism (www.kingofbombs.com).
|The Art Deco House,” by Adrian Tinniswood. From Booklist: "Tinniswood, author of The Arts & Crafts House (1999), celebrates the boldness, flair, and sweep of the art deco movement and its innovative, technology-based design vocabulary. Its influence was pervasive and international and impacted architecture both exterior and interior, public and private."|
|Random Art Deco Books
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