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The Second World War

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ISBN: 9780316023740
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 5th, 2012

Beevor has written several excellent books about particular aspects of the war, and now his complete overview of the subject is  a superb addition to the latest generation of WW2 literature. He writes a compelling narrative and brings fresh insights and perspective and pulls it all together beautifully.


Gary


War on the Waters

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ISBN: 9780807835883
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 17th, 2012

Huzzah!  A new book by the Pulitzer-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, my choice for the go-to one-volume history of the Civil War.  Here he treats the naval aspect of the conflict with the same compelling narrative style as Battle Cry, including blockade runners, extraordinary battles for dominance of the crucial Mississippi River and the total game-changing introduction of ironclads.
Gary


The Berlin Game

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ISBN: 9781402795145
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Published: Sterling - August 7th, 2012

Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is the other cold war suspense master. This is the first of his Bernard Sampson trilogy, and it's as seedy and treacherous and wry and compelling as Le Carre's George Smiley Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series. A welcome re-release of a classic trio.


Gary


The Swerve

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ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

A veritable intellectual historical thriller concerning the wire-thin survival into modern times of Lucretius' On the Nature of Things - an astonishingly humanist view arrived at centuries before the Enlightenment. It reads like a novel, and reminds us of how tenuous can be the survival of ideas - especially when a power structure like the Roman Church is trying to obliterate them.


Gary


Medicus

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ISBN: 9781596914278
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 4th, 2008

Of our three favorite "Ancient Rome proto-detective" series, Steven Saylor has great historical figure portraits, Lindsay Davis has a bit o' the music hall and Ruth Downie has Tula - the Celt slave of the army doctor/investigator Gaius Ruso.  Slave she may (start out to) be, but she causes no end of...complications for our hero.  Medicus is the 1st book of the series, all of which are vastly satisfying.

Gary


Walk on the Wild Side

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By Nelson Algren, Russell Banks (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780374525323
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 24th, 1998

Oh, the raw and wonderful goodies to be had in this social realist vaudeville!  Algren's depression Texas & New Orleans was too harsh when it first appeared, but nowadays on the far side of McCarthy, Crews, Bukowski and any number of other poets of the demi-monde (and the weird South), the book stands as a vernacular classic.

Gary


Outer Dark

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ISBN: 9780679728733
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 1993

Poleaxed by Blood Meridian?  Outer Dark is from McCarthy's earlier Appalachian cycle (Suttree: the truly shocking Child of God), and there is already the strange integrity of animalistic primitives, prose you can roll around in and a near-mystic, received evil menacing everything.  Possibly the closest of his works to approach Meridian.


Gary


Long Time Coming

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ISBN: 9780385343619
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Published: Bantam - March 2nd, 2010

An intelligent, exciting dual mystery, alternately unraveling in Belgium and Ireland, in World War 2 and 1976, ultimately meshing together in the denouement.  Goddard is a most satisfying analog to Eric Ambler, Le Carre, Joseph Kanon.

Gary


Popular Crime

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ISBN: 9781416552741
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 8th, 2012

Lizzie Borden?  The Boston Strangler?  Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen?  A glom of the table of contents reveals just how many actual murders are in the popular consciousness, and Bill James (yes - he of the Baseball Abstract) has been contemplating causes, solutions and meanings for years.  Fans of true crime books (or regular mysteries for that matter) will find these articles enlightening, provocative and as grotesquely fascinating as their subjects.


Gary


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