“The Hessians” by Edward J. Lowell (Four Stars)

The Hessians(Fours stars out of five)

The serious student of history, like the serious historian, values primary sources. The eye witness reports of people directly involved in an event have an immediacy which the sands of time and the fog of memory only dull. Second only to primary sources are serious scholarly works drawing together primary sources which, due to language or inaccessibility or volume, are beyond the reach of the casual scholar.

Such a work is The Hessians: and the Other German Auxilliaries of Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. Writing a hundred years after the American War of Independence Edward J. Lowell gathered many European inputs—treaties, letters, journals and memoirs—to present the perspective of those often unwilling participants whom we collectively call “Hessians.”
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Fallen Angel by Jeff Struecker (4 of 5 stars)

Fallen Angel by Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky

(4 stars out of 5)

More like 3.5 stars. A gripping tale of a fallen American satellite and the three-way competition to recover or destroy it. Well plotted and written. Credit given to co-author Alton Gansky.

I normally don’t read this type of book, but aside from a somewhat clunky beginning this one grabs the reader and Continue reading

The Evil Empire Strikes Back by Michael Ramirez

It’s hard not to see the current situation as a classic.

The Evil Empire Strikes Back by Ramirez

Putin’s plan to “federalize” Ukraine would make each province autonomous, effectively dismembering the country, and making it easier for Russia to shallow. (How we we take a proposal to recognize each of our states separately, and absorbing those which could be bullied or invaded into joining some other country.?) Europe and America may not be able to stop Putin, but we should not agree.