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reviewed: The Korean War: A History
As almost every other reviewer has noted, this book is not a history of the Korean War, despite the title. It's more of a col...
The Korean War: A History - Bruce Cumings
reviewed: How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Explores a weird place where military encryption, cellphones, Eurotrash and hip-hop converge. Unfortunately, the author is no...
How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks - Dave Tompkins
reviewed: We Are All Completely Fine
Fun read, with hints at a very rich backstory. The book is too short to really go into it, but we can always hope for more co...
We Are All Completely Fine - Daryl Gregory
reviewed: The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy (History Channel)
A collection of short historical essays purporting to cover little-known events to "astonish, bewilder and stupefy."Unfortuna...
The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy (History Channel) - Rick Beyer
October 2014
21
reviewed: The History Buff's Guide to World War II
Should be titled "The Cracked Guide to WW2."The book is a collection of short chapters organized as top 10 lists. Great forma...
The History Buff's Guide to World War II - Thomas R. Flagel
October 2014
18
reviewed: Johnny Gruesome
Reads like a novelized script to an 80's low budget slasher flick. Not really my thing but it may be yours, I guess.
Johnny Gruesome - Gregory Lamberson
October 2014
17
reviewed: The Dumbest Generation
Despite the title, is not a history of the Boomers.
The Dumbest Generation - Michael Graham
reviewed: Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent
Picked this up thinking it would be a meanspirited and funny look at the hipster subculture and I was half right. It ain't fu...
Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent - Brenna Ehrlich, Andrea Bartz
October 2014
16
reviewed: Serial Killers: Being and Killing
A collection of essays that explain philosophical concepts using serial killers as a launching pad.Generally not great, with ...
Serial Killers: Being and Killing - S. Waller, John M. Doris, Fritz Allhoff
October 2014
14
reviewed: Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It
I've never played D&D (or any tabletop RPG), but I'm aware of its massive influence in computer gaming, fantasy fiction and o...
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It - David M. Ewalt
reviewed: Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge (American Warriors) (AN AUSA Title, American Warriors Series)
Offers some blank-filling detail for the Third Army's role in the Ardennes campaign. Unfortunately the writing is almost will...
Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge (American Warriors) (AN AUSA Title, American Warriors Series) - Roger Cirillo, John Nelson Rickard
October 2014
12
reviewed: 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know
50 (too) short essays explaining important concepts in literature and criticism. The book is written in a very chatty style, ...
50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know - John Sutherland
October 2014
10
reviewed: Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941-44
Would be a three star except for the author's transparent bias in favor of the Nazis against the Soviet Union. The last chapt...
Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941-44 - Robert Forczyk
September 2014
28
reviewed: Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence
Weird little book. Half about the development and functioning of the brain, half about a (supposed) prehistoric super-intelli...
Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence - Gary Lynch, Richard Granger
September 2014
22
reviewed: The Nazi Occult (Dark)
Yetis, magic battles and Nazi zombies, oh my.This book is pure nonsense but it might be useful to someone planning an RPG cam...
The Nazi Occult (Dark) - Kenneth Hite
reviewed: Faking History
Shooting fish in a barrel, Colavito debunks some of the dumbest and most egregious alternative history theories in the 50 sho...
Faking History - Jason Colavito