Book Review: Battle of the Bulge

A striking feature of this book is its size — 8×12 inches and copiously illustrated. And its title, “Battle of the Bulge” promises a comprehensive picture of the month-long battle — the largest in American history.

On illustrative grounds the book delivers. Author Danny S. Parker has gathered an astonishingly opulent and representative photo collection that dramatizes the month-long battle better than any collection I have perused. Additionally, he publishes numerous detailed maps.

Book Review: Soldiers to Citizens

Whether they had been urban or rural residents, millions of World War II ’s GIs deeply absorbed values during their military service that shaped their lives after the war.

They learned discipline; discipline day and night; discipline under fire, discipline in mud and snow; discipline under the most dire and dangerous conditions. They learned, no matter how impossible and threatening the situation, to achieve an objective assigned by an Army authority: and this hard-earned learning experience made all the difference in their subsequent lives.

Book Review: Magic

Seldom” writes David D. Lowman, “has any major event in U.S. history been as misrepresented as has US intelligence about the evacuation” of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

On the evidence of hard-documentation produced in this book, Lowman proves his assertion. Reproducing a massive amount of evidence available to government authorities both in World War II and currently (wiretaps, pages of decoded messages, translated reports in the 1940s about the American fleet from Hawaii and Manila to Tokyo), the author of this powerful book declares that the evacuation “has been twisted, distorted, misquoted, misunderstood, ignored, and deliberately falsified by otherwise honorable people.”