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Best History Books of 2014 Gift Guide

by The History Reader The holiday season is upon us as are the end of the year “Best of 2014″ lists! Therefore, we have rounded up a selection of this year’s best history books, and are pleased to present New

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The Secret Service: A Crisis in Leadership and Mission

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by Dan Emmett In 2011 when I began writing the initial manuscript for Within Arm’s Length the United States Secret Service still possessed its clandestine nature, and was—to many—the most highly respected agency of the United States government.

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The Evolution of the Modern American Sniper

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by Chris Martin The popularized notion of the lone sniper, out in the brush for days with no connection to their commanders until after executing a lethal mission and extracting to report their results, is one increasingly left for the

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Nelson Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend

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by Christo Brand My entire relationship with Nelson Mandela was instinctive. I never worked out or tried to analyse the dynamics of being the prison warder in charge of his daily life for 12 years, and his close friend for

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War Dogs

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by Rebecca Frankel The canon of literature on dogs is vast and deep. I’d be willing to bet that there are thousands upon thousands of titles devoted to stories about dogs—history, fiction, memoirs, advice and “how to” books, and volumes

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