Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book of the Month - Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima

This is not a book about how great generals won their battles, nor is it a study in grand strategy. Men of War is instead a riveting, visceral, and astonishingly original look at ordinary soldiers under fire. Drawing on an immense range of firsthand sources from the battlefield, Alexander Rose begins by re-creating the lost and alien world of eighteenth-century warfare at Bunker Hill, the bloodiest clash of the War of Independence—and reveals why the American militiamen were so lethally effective against the oncoming waves of British troops. As Rose demonstrates, the most important factor in any battle is the human one: At Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, the American soldier, as much as any general, proved decisive. To an unprecedented degree, Men of War brings home the reality of combat and, just as important, its aftermath in the form of the psychological and medical effects on veterans. -Excerpt courtesy of

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day

Independence Day changed the world. Learn more about it with the best books, eBooks. articles, media and Internet resources. Go to the Guide!
Get the stats on Independence day from the July 4th  infographic on the home page.
Watch the Peabody award winning video PBS series: Liberty! The American Revolution, from the Media page.

Check out and read the print book by David G McCullough, 1776  or read online or download  the eBook The War for Independence and the Transformation of American Society from the Books eBooks page.

Read full text articles from EBSCO on Independence Day or get a great overview from Britannica from the Articles page.

See the interactive timeline Events Leading Up To The Declaration Of Independence, read an eyewitness account to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, or  go to to view an image of the actual Declaration and read about the history and significance of it on the Internet page. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book of the Month - The Wright Brothers

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
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