Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Title: Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia Author: Orlando Figes Genre: General History Publisher: Metropolitan Books Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 784 I've been meaning to read this book since it came out a few years ago, but have been too intimidated--reading a book of this size about Russian culture is not for

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941

Title: The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 Author: Roger Moorhouse Genre: General History Publisher: Basic Books Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 432 This is an excellent,well-written account of the lead up to, consequences of, and life under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The author includes many fascinating details and personal stories that I had

Who Lost Russia?

Title: Who Lost Russia? Author: Peter Conradi Genre: General History Publisher: Oneworld Publications Release Date: 2017 Format: Kindle Pages: 400 This is a good summary of the history of US-Russian relations over the last few decades, and a good reminder of how we ended up where we are today--the euphoria and hope of the early

Imperial Sunset: The Fall of Napoleon, 1813-14

Title: Imperial Sunset: The Fall of Napoleon, 1813-14 Author: R F Delderfield Genre: Military History Publisher: Endeavour Press Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 300 I was looking a good book on the aftermath of Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign, and this was one of the few books available. Better yet, the kindle version was only

T-34: The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank

Title: T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones Genre: Military History Publisher: Pen and Sword Military Release Date: 2015 Format: Kindle Pages: 160 This book is a good, quick read about the T-34--its design, manufacturer, evolution, variants (SUs, etc.) use in combat, etc, with plenty of good pictures. At least for the

The Red Army and the Second World War

Title: The Red Army and the Second World War Series: Armies of the Second World War Author: Alexander Hill Genre: Military History Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 754 This book has been out for a few months now, so I'm surprised that there are no reviews yet...I just finished reading

War and Peace

Title: War and Peace Author: Leo Tolstoy Genre: Fiction Publisher: OUP Oxford Release Date: 2010 Format: Kindle Pages: 1390 I won't really review the plot here--what can I say about a classic like "War and Peace"? Easily five stars... I did want to say a few words about this translation, however, especially the Kindle version--it

West Point Atlas for the Wars of Napoleon

Title: West Point Atlas for the Wars of Napoleon Series: The West Point Military History Series Author: Thomas E. Griess (Series Editor) Genre: Military Reference Publisher: West Point Military Series Release Date: 2003 Format: Spiral-bound Pages: 148 I just got this atlas and wanted to leave a few words. Overall, this is a very good

Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics

Title: Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics Author: Philip Haythornthwaite (Author),‎ Adam Hook (Illustrator) Genre: Military History Publisher: Osprey Publishing Release Date: 2013 Format: Kindle Pages: 64 This is an interesting little book on the basics of cavalry tactics during the Napoleonic wars. Reders who are very familiar with Napoleonic warfare might not find much

Napoleon’s Wars: An International History

Title: Napoleon's Wars: An International History Author: Charles Esdaile Genre: General History Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2009 Format: Kindle Pages: 654 I wanted to leave a review of this rather good diplomatic history of the Napoleonic period. I thought that the book was well-written, informative, and probably worthwhile reading for anyone interested in this

Iron Cross Brigade – The Story of Werner Gösel and Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244

Title: Iron Cross Brigade - The Story of Werner Gösel and Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244 Author: Werner Gösel (Author),‎ Christian Bauermeister (Editor),‎ Jason Mark (Editor) Genre: Military History Publisher: Leaping Horseman Books Release Date: 2016 Format: Hardcover Pages: 492 This is another excellent book from Leaping Horseman Books. This review is not a "verified purchase" because I

Leipzig 1813: The Battle of the Nations

Title: Leipzig 1813: The Battle of the Nations Series: Osprey Campaign Series Author: Peter Hofschröer Genre: Military History Publisher: Osprey Publishing Release Date: 2012 Format: Kindle Pages: 96 This review pertains to the Kindle version, although only my comments about the maps are Kindle-specific. First, this is the first Osprey campaign book about the Napoleonic

Napoleon: A Life

Title: Napoleon: A Life Author: Andrew Roberts Genre: Military History Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 846 I can't really add much to the 381 (as of the time of this review) other reviews, but did want to add my five star rating for this excellent book. While I've read a few

The Fall of Berlin 1945

Title: The Fall of Berlin 1945 Author: Antony Beevor Genre: Military History Publisher: Viking Release Date: 2002 Format: Hardcover Pages: 490 This is a very good, readable book about the fall of Berlin, with lots of personal anecdotes but also a decent description of the military maneuvers. Potential readers should be aware of a couple