‘To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth’ Book Review

One of the few notable naval clashes of the American Civil War, the June 19, 1864, Battle of Cherbourg, pitted two modest sail/steam powered sloops-of-war against each other off coastal France. The single-ship action resulted in the destruction of Alabama, the Confederacy’s most effective oceangoing warship, which had bedeviled Union merchant shipping for the better … Read more

Book Review: ‘Hollywood Victory’ by Christian Blauvelt

hollywood victory The Movies, Stars, and Stories of World War II By Christian Blauvelt. 228 pp. Running Press, 2021, $30. When America marched off to war following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, so did Hollywood. Actors, directors, screenwriters and movie moguls did their part by producing morale-boosting movies and documentaries, entertaining troops, selling war … Read more

‘Bonds of War’ Book Review: How War Profiteers Helped the Union Win

“Deep Throat” was hiding in a dark parking garage when he directed The Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to “Follow the money” to unravel the Watergate scandal, but David Thomson is not being so subtle. In his new book, Bonds of War: How Civil War Financial Agents Sold the World on the Union, he’s imploring … Read more

Book Review: ‘Brothers in Arms’ by James Holland

brothers in arms One Legendary Tank Regiment’s Bloody War from D-Day to VE Day By James Holland. 592 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2021. $32. “I hope to be laughing at life with you again before so many months,” English lieutenant Bill Wharton wrote to his pregnant wife Marion, “[and I’m] looking forward with so much … Read more

Book Review: ‘A War of Empires’ by Robert Lyman

a war oF empires Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941-45 By Robert Lyman. 560 pp. Osprey, 2021. $35. A cover blurb by historian James Holland declares Robert Lyman’s “A War of Empires,” focusing on World War II in Burma, to be a “superb book.” I respectfully disagree; “superb” does not do it enough justice. Japan’s … Read more

‘The Erawan War’ Book Review: Pitting CIA-Backed Fighters Against NVA in Laos

In Ken Conboy’s masterful retelling of covert operations across the border from Vietnam, The Erawan War, Volume 2: The CIA Paramilitary Campaign in Laos, 1969-1974, picks up where the first volume, covering 1961-69, left off. From 1969 onwards, Conboy writes, CIA guerrilla regiments engaged the North Vietnamese Army in “increasingly conventional” operations. He recounts those … Read more

Review of Memphis Hoops | Sports in American History

Wood, Keith Brian. Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City, 1968–1997. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2021. Pp. 218. $35.00 hardback and ebook. Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski The first integrated high school game in Memphis took place on September 15, 1965, between all-white Catholic High and all-black Father Bertrand High. The game functions … Read more

Cadet Review | Eat & Drink

With places like Top Cuvée, Hector’s, Weino BIB, and Bright to name just a few, London’s modern wine bar scene has really come along in the last few years. We are very lucky to live very close to those bars mentioned above and they are some of our absolute favorite places to hang out. Now … Read more