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Top Reviewer Ranking: 45 - Total Helpful Votes: 427 of 511
The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchil&hellip by John Lukacs
This book's one big weakness might be it's over-emphasis on the two persons of Hitler and Churchill over against other factors in the Second World War. But you can tell that from the cover already. As a study of the two men as they faced off in the critical period from the fall of France to the Battle of Britain, this book would be hard to top. Lukacs clearly has a deep understanding of his subject and provides us with profound insight into the importance of the "eighty days" and the critical decisions undertaken by both Churchill and Hitler at this time. Hitler was not yet at war with Russia, and Roosevelt had not yet committed himself to supporting the British war effort, never mind… Read more
The Restoration Of Rome: Barbarian Popes And Imper&hellip by Peter Heather
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Peter Heather's account of what happened after the fall of the Western Empire is entertaining and, by necessity, is forced to make educated guesses based on scarcity of facts on the ground. Heather essentially posits 4 attempts to re-establish the Roman Empire, the first by the Goth Theoderic, the second by Byzantine emperor Justinian, the third by Charlemagne, and the fourth and by far the most successful - the establishment of the modern papacy.

Undoubtedly Heather's interpretations will generate dispute, trying as he does to unite 800 years or so of chaotic history under a more-or-less constant theme of trying to re-establish a Roman empire. Nonetheless this book is pretty… Read more
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo
Guelzo easily makes the account of the Battle of Gettysburg a gripping read, and he does so with the credibility of a meticulous historian. We get the feel on the ground of all that is happening, and Guelzo gives us solid analysis, assigning responsibility for decisions and results in a nuanced, satisfying way.

The result of the Battle of Gettysburg is well known, but what's clear here is what a near run thing the whole thing was. Guelzo helps us understand, for instance, why Pickett's charge wasn't a self-evidently suicidal exercise in futility ala World War I but rather a legitimate military tactic that had worked just fine in famous battles in Europe just years before, such as… Read more

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