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The 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)
by Cole Porter, Robert Kimball (Editor)

Editorial Reviews - Cole Porter possessed to a singular degree the art of expressing depth through apparent frivolity. The effervescent wit and technical bravura of his songs are matched by their unguarded revelations of feeling. In the words of editor Robert Kimball, "Porter wrote tellingly of the pain and evanescence of emotional relationships. He gentle mocked propriety and said that few things were simple or lasting or free from ambiguity." Of the masters of twentieth-century American songwriting, Porter was one of the few who wrote both music and lyrics, and, even in the absence of his melodies, his words distill an unmistakable mixture of poignancy and wit that marks him as a genius of light verse.

Selected from over eight hundred songs, here are Porter's finest flights of invention, lyrics that are an indelible part of 20th-century culture: "Let's Do It," "Love for Sale," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," "In the Still of the Night," "I Concentrate on You," and dozens more.


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 calandar 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.


History -

Jade Rooster (Paperback) by R.L. Crossland

Two Americans, one civilian, one navy enlisted man, are drawn into the hard-boiled underworld of early 20th Century Japan as they investigate the grisly discovery of three severed human heads adrift in an open boat belonging to a missing ship. Their exploration of the seedy side of the Asiatic Fleet exposes brutal violence and betrayal lurking in unexpected quarters. Blending the historical authenticity of Patrick O'Brian with the crackling narrative and dialogue of Raymond Chandler, Crossland establishes himself as a unique voice in nautical fiction.


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)

Book Description
From their perches on islands such as Buka and Bougainville, coast watchers--for the most part, Australian civilians--monitored Japanese shipping and aircraft activity. They played a pivotal role during the battle for Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, when their intelligence facilitated the interception and destruction of twelve Japanese transports. These reports from the participants themselves provide a fascinating account that will intrigue historians as well as World War II and espionage buffs.

About the Author
A. B. Feuer is a military historian and freelance journalist. His other works include The B-24 in China (0811732932), Packs On! (0811732894), and Australian Commandos (0811732940). He lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Red Wells by Sharon Wells Wagner (Author): Editorial Reviews - Book Description

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 journey.

Hell is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific June-August 1944 (Hardcover) by Victor Brooks

From Booklist
A year ago, our nation was awash in commemorations of the sixtieth anniversary of the Normandy landings. Ignored in those celebrations was another "D-Day," the initial amphibious assault on the Marianas Islands in the Pacific, which began just nine days after the Normandy landings. The conquest of the Marianas ensured American supremacy in the central Pacific, crippled Japanese air and naval power, and left the Japanese home islands vulnerable to devastating B-29 attacks. Brooks is a professor and the author of several works on military history. He has written a detailed but very readable chronicle of a campaign notable not only for the heroism of its participants on both sides but also for the raw savagery of battle in which atrocities were common.

Bicycling to Amersfoort : A World War II Memoir (Paperback) by Robert Graef

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."

The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II (Hardcover) by Jeff Shaara

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.

A Summer Bright and Terrible,” by David E. Fisher

Washington Times - 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

Alternate History...

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.

Fiction, of course, but an invasion of Britain was planned by Hitler to take place in the summer of 1940 - how far would the Germans have been able to advance? Would they have been successful?

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.)
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The Holocaust

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.

GUADALCANAL MARINE,” By Kerry L. Lane. University Press of Mississippi. 357 Pages. $35. “’Guadalcanal Marine’ is an unpretentious account of a North Carolina farm boy's early days as a U.S. Marine during World War II.”

The 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…”

Downtown: My Manhattan,” By Pete Hamill - Little, Brown and Company, 289 pages, $23.95. From "Hamill's Manhattan is filled with history, architecture and giant personalities. Readers will be thrust into the Civil War riots in Greenwich Village in 1863 and will rejoice in a Times Square filled with delirious New Yorkers on VJ Day in 1945. They will watch the city grow as the subway crawls northward and the big skyscrapers begin to pop up, from the Woolworth Building in 1913 to the World Trade Center in the 1970s."

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 3: 1956-1991 by Norman Sherry. Continuning the in-depth biography of one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, Author of the books-turned-Motion pictures, “The Quiet American” and “This Gun For Hire”.

Curent Politics and Events.
"America's Secret War : Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies” by George Friedman. Indepth annalisys on the War On Terror from the financial aspect. With his "In-Sider” status, George Friedman had been albe to make many accurate predictions and covers the news not repored by the main stream media. (Released October 5, 2004)

"Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib”
By Seymour M. Hersh. Harsh criticism of both The Clinton AND Bush Administrations and unbiased analysis of events which lead to September 11th, 2001, the war in Iraq and the prison abuse scandal in the Abu Ghraib. (Released on September 13, 2004)


"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.

War On Terror

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 Middle East.

"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 (

Art Deco and The Architecture of The Golden Era

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