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Mark Pitcavage is a historian and analyst of far right wing groups. He works with the Anti-Defamation League and was the creator of the now archived Militia Watchdog website.
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
James D. Hornfischer - Mar 29, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ...
Mark Pitcavage
Apr 05, 2021
The destroyer USS Johnston, which sacrificed itself during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in one of the US Navy's finest moments. A very readable book on the subject is "‘Deepest wreck dive’ reaches US WWII ship off Philippines"      source
Gerald L. K. Smith
Minister of Hate
Glen Jeansonne - Jun 01, 1997 (first published in 1988)
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In the first full-length biography of evangelist Gerald L. K. Smith (1898--1976), Glen Jeansonne traces the tempestuous career of this notorious bigot. A spellbinding speaker and brilliant organizer, Smith founded the reactionary hate sheet The Cross and the Flag as well as the anti-Semitic Christian Nationalist Crusade and ran for president three ...
Mark Pitcavage
Jan 10, 2021
Want to read a good book about a major far right figure in American history you probably never heard of--but probably should have? For just a few bucks you can buy a used copy of Glen Jeansonne's book Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate.      source
Pearl Harbor
From Infamy to Greatness
Craig Nelson - Aug 01, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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“A valuable reexamination” (Booklist, starred review) of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author.The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported...
Mark Pitcavage
Dec 07, 2020
A classic book on Pearl Harbor is Gordon Prange's At Dawn We Slept. I recommend it. A more recent book is Craig Nelson's Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness.      source
Sketches from a Secret War
A Polish Artist'S Mission To Liberate Soviet Ukraine
Timothy Snyder - Oct 10, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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The forgotten protagonist of this true account aspired to be a cubist painter in his native Kyïv. In a Europe remade by the First World War, his talents led him to different roles—intelligence operative, powerful statesman, underground activist, lifelong conspirator. Henryk Józewski directed Polish intelligence in Ukraine, governed the borderland r...
Mark Pitcavage
Dec 04, 2020
@PawelHubal The Polonization of Galicia/Western Ukraine is widely acknowledged. You can find background info in books such as As for your question, of course there was.      source
Women of the Far Right
The Mothers' Movement and World War II
Glen Jeansonne - May 01, 1996
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The majority of American women supported the Allied cause during World War II. and made sacrifices on the home front to benefit the war effort. But U.S. intervention was opposed by a movement led by ultraright women whose professed desire to keep their sons out of combat was mixed with militant Christianity, anticommunism, and anti-Semitism. This b...
Mark Pitcavage
Jul 16, 2020
For a good book about women right-wing extremists in the 1930s, some of whom were extremely prominent, see Glenn Jeansonne's Women of the Far Right:      source
Lincoln
David Herbert Donald - Nov 05, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil ...
Mark Pitcavage
Apr 14, 2020
There have been countless books written about Lincoln, but for those interested in knowing more about him, let me recommend two works. The first is David Donald's Lincoln, a succinct biography by a great historian.      source
Abraham Lincoln
John Torrey Morse - Jan 01, 1921
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A Life. In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of Americas greatest presidents. … Read moreIncorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newsp...
Mark Pitcavage
Apr 14, 2020
The second is the two-volume biography by Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, which I particularly appreciate. It's a long read, but quite good (plus you get to find out some of the dirty jokes Lincoln liked).      source
Revolutionary Iran
A History of the Islamic Republic
Michael Axworthy - Mar 31, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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In Revolutionary Iran, Michael Axworthy guides us through recent Iranian history from shortly before the 1979 Islamic revolution through the summer of 2009, when Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran by the hundreds of thousands, demanding free, democratic government. Axworthy explains how that outpouring of support for an end to tyranny in Ir...
Mark Pitcavage
Jan 03, 2020
@My_Elbow_Room Yes, although it is military history and might not appeal to everyone. I also found interesting this book:      source
Neuromancer
William Gibson - Oct 25, 2016 (first published in 1984)
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Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus-hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cybe...
Mark Pitcavage
Jan 03, 2020
@jamesjhare Neuromancer is a fascinating book--but it was especially fascinating when it was first published; it was mind-blowing.      source
Washington's Revolution
The Making of America's First Leader
Robert Middlekauff - Feb 09, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Focusing on Washington’s early years, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Middlekauff penetrates his mystique, revealing his all-too-human fears, values, and passions. Rich in psychological detail regarding Washington’s temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this book shows a self-conscious Washington who grew in confide...
Mark Pitcavage
Jul 05, 2019
2. Two recent bios of Washington that are worth reading are Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life. Robert Middlekauf's Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader.      source
Washington
A Life
Ron Chernow - Sep 27, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by n...
Mark Pitcavage
Jul 05, 2019
2. Two recent bios of Washington that are worth reading are Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life. Robert Middlekauf's Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader.      source