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REVIEWS OF HISTORICAL BOOKS


BOOK REVIEWS


Eyewitness to History
UNDER WRAPS
by Jay Coffman: Editor Tom Fulks - 330 pgs;Day to Day Enterprises
In our continuous search for historical titles penned by authors who were eyewitnesses to history, we recently received a copy of a book entitled "Under Wraps". It actually is a diary which will be published in September of this year.
The diary was kept by foot soldier Jay Coffman who served in the South Pacific throughout WWII. Even though it was a court martial offense to keep personal records in a combat zone, Coffman left behind a volume that will give historians and readers an intimate look of those horrific events in the Pacific conflict. It's not only a record of combat, but gives one the inner feelings of men at the front. We are not only confronted with Coffman in a war zone but we are introduced to Coffman's home life, the girl next door, and the doubt of seeing her and his family again.
On March 9, 1943 Coffman writes "Just 11 months ago today we left the States. I remember calling home before I left the Gap, but I can't remember what we said. I do remember what Dot (future wife) and I said to each other. Had no idea that we were going to travel halfway around the world and see all that we have seen for nearly a year. I'm glad I'm here, but now that we have done a little of our part, I'd sure like to come home on furlough. Then I'd be happy to come back and fight some more."
Being an eyewitness to history is leaving behind a legacy. In this case, Coffman has accomplished just that with his diary that is worth reading. RECOMMENDED.

IMAGE AND DEVOTION IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND by Richard Marks - 344 pgs; Sutton Publishing UK
In his new work, Professor Marks has written a primer to bring a better understanding to the visual and spiritual world of the Middle Ages. Today devotional images are being preserved and can be found in most parish churches. Chapters are devoted to Cult Images, Ritual and Devotion, and Seable Rememoratijf Signes: Defining the Devotional Image to name a few. In this fully illustrated black and white and colored photos, Marks has consulted written records and sources, such as churchwarden's accounts and the wills made by artisans, yeomen and husbandmen in which arrangements are made for the well-being of their immortal souls by leaving funds for embellishments. This in-depth study of medieval art and sculpture is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED


AIRLINES & AIR MAIL by F. Robert van der Linden - Univ. Press of Kentucky
AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY - Supplement I - Editors Paul Betz & Mark C. Carnes - Oxford Univ. Press
THE BATTLE OF ALAMEIN: Turning Point of WWII by John Bierman & Colin Smith - Viking
THE BOOK OF WAR by John Keegan, Viking
BRIEF LIVES by John Aubrey, Penguin
CIVILIANS IN THE PATH OF WAR - Edited by Mark Grimsley & Clifford J. Rogers - Univ. of Nebraska Press
THE COMING OF THE THIRD REICH by Richard J. Evans
A COMPANION TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND 1066-1485 by Nigel Saul - Tempus
THE COLLAPSE & RECOVERY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Michael Grant, Routledge
DEATH IN ENGLAND: An Illustrated History edited by Peter C. Jupp & Clare Gittings, Rutgers Univ. Press
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF ROMAN BRITAIN by Neil Faulkner - Tempus
DEMOSTHENES: Speeches 50-59 Translated by Victor Bers - Univ. of Texas Press
DUBLIN TENEMENT LIFE: A Oral History by Kevin C. Kearns, Penguin
THE EAST END: Four Centuries of London Life by Alan Palmer, Rutgers Univ. Press
EUROPE IN THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES by William Chester Jordan - Viking
THE FALL OF BERLIN by Antony Beevor, Penguin
A FEW BLOODY NOSES by Rover Harvey, Overlook Press
THE FIRST WORLD WAR & POPULAR CINEMA: 1914 to the Present edited by Michael Paris, Rutgers Univ. Press
FUGITVES: Evading and Escaping the Japanese by Bob Stahl - Univ. Press of Kentucky
GERMANY, PROPAGANDA & TOTAL WAR 1914-1918 by David Welch, Rutgers Univ. Press
THE GREEK ACHIEVEMENT: The Foundation of the Western World by Charles Freeman, Penguin
GUILLOTINE: The Timbers of Justice by Robert Frederick Opie - Sutton Publishing
HARVEST OF EMPIRE: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez, Viking
A HIGHER DUTY: Desertion Among Georgia Troops During the Civil War by Mark A. Weitz, Univ. of Nebraska Press
HITLER AND THE POWER OF AESTHETICS by Frederic Spotts - Overlook
HITLER'S WOMEN by Guido Knopp - Sutton Publishing
KINDRED SOULS: The Devoted Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr. David Gurewitsch by Edna Gurewitsch - Plume
THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SCOTLAND by Richard Oram (Ed) - Tempus
THE KOREAN WAR: The West Confronts Communism by Michael Hickey, Overlook Press
THE KOREAN WAR, Vol. III: By the Korea Institute of Military History - Univ. of Nebraska Press
LADIES AND NOT-SO-GENTLE WOMEN by Alfred Allan Lewis, Viking
LINCOLN OF KENTUCKY by Lowell H. Harrison, Univ. Press of Kentucky
LUSITANIA by Diana Preston - Berkley
A MOTHER'S SHOAH: The Holocaust Diary of Susan Kaszas by Steven Kingsley, Newmedia
THE OXFORD CLASSICAL DICTIONARY - Third Edition Revised - Edited by Simon Hornblower & Anthony Spawforth
THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR by Donald Kagan - Viking
THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF WORLD HISTORY-Two Vols. by Herman Kinder & Werner Hilgemann - Penguin
THE PENGUIN CONCISE DICTIONARY OF ART HISTORY by Nancy Frazier, Penguin
PEPYS AND THE NAVY by C.S. Knighton - Sutton Publishing
POPULAR TYRANNY: Sovereignty and Its Discontents in Ancient Greece - Edited by Kathryn A. Morgan, Univ. of Texas Press
PRINT, MANUSCRIPT, PERFORMANCE: The Changing Relations of the Media in Early Modern England-Edited by Arthur F. Marotti & Michael D. Bristol, Ohio State Univ. Press
RITUALS AND RIOTS: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster 1784-1886 by Sean Farrell, Univ. Press of Kentucky
SALT: A World History by Mark Kurlansky - Penguin
THE SCOTTISH NATION 1700-2000 by T.M. Devine, Viking
THE SILENT REVOLUTION & THE MAKING OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND by Herbert Schlossberg, Ohio State Univ. Press
A SOUP FOR THE QAN by Paul D. Buell & Eugene N. Anderson, Kegan Paul Int'l
TANK by Patrick Wright - Viking
TIBETAN BORDER WORLDS: A Geohistorical Analysis of Trade and Traders by Wim van Spengen, Kegan Paul Int'l
THE TURNING POINT: Jefferson's Battle for the Presidency by Frank van der Linden, Fulcrum
VISIONS OF THE WESTERN RESERVE: Public & Private Documents of Northeastern Ohio, 1750-1860 Edited by Robert A. Wheeler, Ohio State Univ. Press
THE VOICE OF THE PAST-Oral History (Third Edition) by Paul Thompson, Oxford Univ. Press
VOICES OF WOUNDED KNEE by Wiliam S.E. Coleman, Univ. of Nebraska Press
WE CAME NAKED AND BAREFOOT: The Journey of Cabeza de Vaca across North America by Alex D. Krieger Univ. of Texas Press
WELLINGTON AS MILITARY COMMANDER by Michael Glover - Penguin Books
WILD WOMEN OF THE OLD WEST Edited by Glenda Riley & Richard W. Etulain, Fulcrum

LITERATURE THROUGHOUT HISTORY

Authors of the Ages

Cervantes
James Fenimore Cooper
James Joyce
John Keats
D.H. Lawrence
Jack London
Eugene O'Neill
John Steinbeck

Major Literary Databases

Bartleby
Bibliofind
Bibliomania
Index of Prohibited Books-1557-1966
Internet Classics Archive
On-Line Books Page
Project Gutenberg

Literature Of The Ages

Medieval & Classical Library
Medieval Irish Poetry
African-American Texts
American Hypertexts
Cambridge History of English & American Literature
Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
English Server
French Medieval Literature
Concise History of the British Newspaper
The Concise Pepys
Renaissance Electronic Texts
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
War and Peace

Publications Throughout History

Bloomsbury Magazine
British Library Newspaper Catalogue

INTERNATIONAL BOOKSELLERS

Antiquarian Booksellers
Blackwell UK