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Blood Money—A Short History of Mercenaries in Modern Warfare

by J. R. Olson Mercenary. A noun with a lot of historical and literary baggage. Dictionary.com defines the term as “a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army… a soldier of fortune”. I’ve always liked the term “hired

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The Kennedy Heirs: A Legacy of Courage

by J. Randy Taraborrelli As is well known by now, the Kennedys have always been a family of dreamers. Long-standing prejudices against the Irish combined with anti-Catholic sentiment had imbued them with great strength and resiliency and also a desire

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A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents

by Mieke Eerkens Internment Camp Lampersari, Semarang, Dutch East Indies, December 28, 1942 Authority in Lampersari is established immediately. As they enter the camp, some women are pulled from the line and their suitcases opened to be searched for contraband:

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“A Declaration” that Changed the Course of History

by Rick Atkinson The fateful news traveled swiftly on the post road from Philadelphia, covering more than ninety miles and crossing five rivers in just a couple of days. Precise copies were then made of the thirteen-hundred-word broadside, titled “A

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Lyndon Johnson: The Making of a Politician

by Doris Kearns Goodwin Updated for 2019 with a new foreword from the author, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is an extraordinary and insightful biography of the former president. This book traces the 36th president’s life

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