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An Army Ranger NEVER Gives Up

by Nick Irving Immediately after graduating high school, I was sent to Ft. Benning to attend US Army Basic training under the Option 40 contract (US Army Ranger Contract).  Before enlisting into the Army, my life long goal was to

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Hanukkah and Christmas: A History of Consequences

The Bibles Cutting Room Floor

by Joel M. Hoffman History is in large part the story of consequences—both intended and unintended—as is the case for two of this season’s most celebrated holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. It is well known that when Alexander the Great conquered

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Posted in Ancient History, Military History

The Evolution of the Modern American Sniper


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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War Dogs


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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In Praise of Fear: from an American Warrior

American Warrior

by Gary O’Neal “Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.” Native American Proverb I think it was Hamlet who said, “Fear makes cowards of us all.” Now, I don’t

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Peter Ackroyd's third volume of his six part series on the history of England, Rebellion, gets a stellar feature in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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