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This is a review of an Audio CD set on military history.  Why would our blog on the Bible, Theology, Apologetics and Christian worldview review such a resource?  I believe the more Christians know from auxiliary disciplines outside of theology and apologetics helps us better understand the Bible better (with discernment of course).  So here’s my review…

Garrett G. Fagan. Great Battles of the Ancient World. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company, 2005. 12 hours, 18 minutes.

4 out of 5

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This is an audio history lecture produced by The Teaching Company.  It is the first one I listened to from them and because of the positive experience with this product I plan to listen to more lectures that The Teaching Company have made available.  This particular product feature lectures on history by Garrett G. Fagan a historian and professor that is well known for his research in Roman history.  Fagan here gives us twenty four lectures concerning great battles in the ancient world and largely focuses on the classical period and the ancient near east.

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Wow I slept in for 12 hours.  I guess I finally got over my jet lag a week later.  Here’s a review of one of the books I read during my trip.  I post this general history reading book review a little early than my usual Friday night and Saturday book reviews since I realize some might be looking for a good read for their travels for Thanksgiving whether on the road or air travels.

Doug Stanton. 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, December 1st 2017. 432 pp.

5 out of 5

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This book has been turned into a major motion picture.  Both the movie and the book tells us the story of a Special Forces A-Team entering into Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attack and their mission fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.  It is an incredible story and definitely an interesting book.

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As I mentioned earlier I’m on vacation.  Here’s a work I finished!

Arthur Herman. 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder.  New York, NY: Harper, November 28th 2017. 448 pp.

5 out of 5

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This book is on both Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin.  At first one might think these men are diametrically different from one another but the author Arthur Herman successfully show reader how much the two of them are alike and how both men shaped what the twentieth century would be like.  A fascinating historical book even for those who know about both men since this work is still profitable for readers to see the comparison and contrast of the two men and also the timeline of both their lives.  I agree with the author’s thesis that these two men shaped much of the Twentieth Century.  I learned a lot from this book.

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Joby Warrick. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.  New York, NY: Doubleday, October 10th 2017.  496 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is not an easy book to read.  But it is important to read, know and understand Stalin’s Soviet policies against Ukraine.  Not just the man made famine that Stalin caused with his policies but also the various means of oppression that the Communists implemented against Ukraine.  The book was at many times shocking to read.  In an age where some think a government controlled economy is a good thing this was a jolting reminder that the government is not omniscient and statism hurts real people.  Just yesterday I was having a discussion with someone in a college campus and the student went on a tangent to talk about how being in the Soviet Union is better than being in America today.  I immediately thought of this book that I just finished and how frightening some of the ideologies and fake history being touted around today in universities.

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This weekend was a flurry of ministry activity.  Finally got time to sit down and write this review…because sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!  Also thanks to Pacific Paratrooper whose post was what prompted me to read this book!

Hiromichi Yahara. The Battle for Okinawa.  New York, NY: John Wiley & Son, Inc., January 1st 2002. 272 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a rather unique book on World War Two Pacific campaign since it is written by a higher up military officer in the Japanese Imperial Army.  The author Colonel Hiromichi Yahara is the strategic mind behind the battle of Okinawa and his book is largely his account of that battle from the perspective of a senior staff officer for the leading generals of the Okinawa’s defense.  Yahara is actually the strategist behind much (not all as readers will learn) of Japanese Army’s fight against the American forces.  I think this book is quite unique given that there’s few books from the perspective of the Japanese side and also even further rare since he’s a higher level officer that survived the war in a conflict that often witness Japanese officers commit suicide or engage in final futile suicidal attacks on the enemies.

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Here’s my weekend reading review, this time it is a post reviewing three comic books that are historical fictions…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Patrick Weber.  1066: William the Conqueror. Paris, France: Europe Comics, November 10th 2015. 78 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is a comic that tells the story of the famous and important year of 1066 in English history and the events leading up to the battle of Hasting.  This work was originally published in France in 2011 and then translated into English in 2015.  Since the work was originally in French you really get a slightly favorable perspective of William of Normandy.  I suppose there would be no surprise there.  If you are into medieval theme comics or you are a guy who like to read comics with historical references this work might be enjoyable for you.  I thought in general it tells the history pretty well although there is creative literary license with the details.

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A weekend nonfiction history book review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  I read this book as a result of a conversation on WordPress!

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny.  New York, NY: Sentinel, October 24th 2017. 256 pp.

5 out of 5

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I have previously read a book by the two authors titled Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates which I enjoyed immensely.  While I was looking for something on Thomas Jefferson and the battle of New Orleans I was extremely delighted to find that the authors also wrote this book.

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