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A weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History.  New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, October 9th 2018.  307 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

It seems people are still fascinated with hunting down Nazis doesn’t it, with a much anticipated Amazon Prime TV show released called Hunters for February 2020 after World War Two has ended decades ago.  The Holocaust was one of the most horrifying evils done against humanity in history.  Yet in order for this to have happened for year that involved many, many Germans.  One such notorious groups was the German Waffen SS units.  With all the evil they done it seems that many escaped punishment.  Or did they?  This book tells the story of “Nazi hunters” after the war.  One of the co-author is a popular Conservative news show host: Bill O’ Reilly.

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For this week’s “Wee-kids” Wednesdays here’s a review of a children’s book and while its not Christian its still family friendly.

 

Kyandreia Jones. Spies: James Armistead Lafayette.  Waitsfield, VT: Chooseco, May 1st 2019.  199 pp.

4 out of 5

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As a kid I love Choose Your Own Adventures!  Now that I’m a parent I wanted my kids to also enjoy these.  I got this book to read to my kids after I read a Christian version of Choose Your Own Adventure and I thought I read one aloud to them.  Of all the titles I picked this one since it focused on the American War of Independence and I’ve gone over the topic as a history lesson with my kids.  My girls thought it was a fun historical fiction!

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A weekend reading review!  Because Pastors also need a break from heavily theological reading!  Last week I also reviewed a history book: .

Greg King.  The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, September 3rd 2013. 432 pp.

4 out of 5

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Most people know about the Archduke as the one who was assassinated that became the catalyst for the First World War.  Other than that little else is known about him not because there’s no information out there but I believe a large part of it is because Archduke Franz Ferdinand was not popular with the elites in the Austrian ruling family and its court and also because the horror of World War One eclipsed everything.  This book turned out to be quite interesting in its own right not just in relations to thing that led to the World War but also for the tragic love story of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.  Certainly the human interest is there in this book!

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Robert Greenberger.  When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History.  New York, NY: Ecco, January 15th 2019. 560 pp.

5 out of 5

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What if everything you heard about the Conquistor Hernando Cortés and the Aztec emperor Montezuma was incorrect?  This book is a work of superb historical scholarship that goes against the grain of mainstream narrative that often glorify Cortés.  In peeling back the myth we get closer to the truth of what actually happened in history between Cortés and the Aztecs. This book makes a strong case of how people even today have not look at him and his claims critically enough even by those who teach history.

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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Simon Anglim, Phyllis G. Jestice, Rob S. Rice, Scott M. Rusch, John Serrati.  Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, January 1st 2003. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you looking for a book on military history and military techniques during ancient times?  This book might be for you!  Written by a team of experts on military matters with academic and published credentials this book is quite informative and engaging concerning military matters of equipping, tactics and combat skills for warfare.  The work covers largely Europe and the Middle East before the advent of gunpowder.  While the subtitle of the book states it looks at 3000 BC-500 AD most of the book concentrates on the Greek and Roman classical period.
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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Eugene Rogan.  The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East. New York, NY: Basic Books, October 4, 2016. 512 pp.

5 out of 5

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We hear so much of the news about the Middle East today but most people don’t know how World War One and the aftermath after the war has shaped so much of the tension and difficulties geo-politically today.  Would you like to learn more about the history leading up to it?  This book is for you, which focuses on the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War one.

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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway.  Washington D.C.: Potomac Books, November 1st 2005. 612 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read one of the best book on the Battle of Midway?  I remember as a young kid reading about this battle and how it turned the tide of the war in Pacific in favor of the United States in which Japan suffered serious loss in this battle.  This work simply exceeded my expectation and I was thoroughly hooked from page to page, which might sound almost unbelievable concerning a military operational book but the two authors did a good job telling us the story of the Battle of Midway and throughout the book they also critically interact with previous presentation of the battle by historians and popular misconception and argue for their account of what happened in a way that is informative while displaying an attitude of being concern for truth of what really happened.

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