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The Fall of Berlin 1945

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The fall of Berlin in an unbiased view. The atrocities by the red army are amazing horrific, but so is the understanding of why they came about. The German Army rampaged through Russia only a few years before, but it was more than just revenge for the Soviets. It was systematically destroying a people they had hated for a long time. The Army was an extension of a polluted government that encouraged the atrocities that occurred in Berlin and all over eastern Germany. An amazing and heartbreaking read not only for WWII buffs, but all people.
World War Z

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Completely original! A whole new outlook on the Zombie problem. Told from the people who were there, which makes it so much more gut wrenching as you read it!
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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What makes this book good is not only the writing style, which flows with ease, but the context the history is put in. Not a step by step account of Andrew Jackson, but an understanding of why he did what he did and how it played an integral part in the country staying united. This country was much different before his time as President and was forever changed after his term. Only drawback is a chapter or two of drawn out political soap opera of the women lives of the White House and their social lives.
Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1: The Civil War Era

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Besides Shelby Foote's three book masterpiece this is the leading cumulative account of the Civil War. From the years leading up to the war through the reunification process, McPherson captures all the emotions of the times. Though an historical account the book is written so seamlessly that you'll fly through it like your favorite novels! Truly worthy of all the praise it has received including the Pulitzer Prize!
To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

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An amazing book! A personal reflection on American history from a leading US Historian. Goes into showing the American spirit and what made this country great. Lewis and Clarke's expedition, manifest destiny, and the war of 1812 are just some points. Stephen Ambrose seamlessly blends historical fact with his view on how these events forged who we are today as a country, a society, and a free people! Truly a book every American should read!
Gunpowder Empire

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This was the first book in his crosstime traffic series. Each of these books is its own novel so there is no need to read one after the other. That said it was definitely written for young adults. Not just the fact that the two main characters are brother and sister in their mid teens, but the writing as a whole was for young adults / teens. Overall my least favorite Turtledove book to date.
Anathem

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Anathem defies all explanation. It is a masterpiece that enthralls you while you are reading and keeps you up at night as you ponder the philosophies discussed. The melding of science, fiction, and human nature is seamless and unrivaled. Definitely one of the best books I have ever read!
Rama II

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What a pile of crap! Gentry Lee took over what was an amazing hardcore science fiction novel in Rama and turned it into some crappy drama, with novice style intrigue, a bunch of ridiculous characters that having you going from indifferent to totally hating them. This is a afternoon soap opera with the background of space. I loved Rama, I loved the ideas brought up by Arthur Clarke, and I was so excited to learn more about the Ramans and their ship that the second encounter should have brought, instead I learned about a bunch of pathetic characters that have a ton of personal problems, the chicks are sluts, and the dudes are retarded. This was one of the worst piles of refuse I have ever struggled through and it makes it all the more painful because I loved Rama so much. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!! It will destroy the good memories of the novel actually written by Clarke!
Empress

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Karen Miller creates some of the best characters! You will not like them all, some you will hate, but they all are so believable and genuine. The world she has created here is dominated by a blood thirsty god that every aspect of life revolves around. Sometimes the blind god following can be disturbing but it is supposed to be. Overall an intriguing and very enjoyable story that ends in a way that will have you begging for the next book!
The Historian

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This book is not always the most gripping though it definitely has its moments. Kostova's descriptions of the places that are visited in this book make you want to travel through Europe ASAP! Beautifully described are Budapest, Istanbul, and many monasteries throughout Europe. A nice new twist on the Dracula story and worth a read. My biggest complaint is the end, not a spoiler, but I feel the final showdown with Dracula was a major letdown. After building this book up for 700 pages the end is quick and unsatisfying. The epilogue is a joke as well. Overall I was left with a bad taste in my mouth that I am trying to forget and think of the enjoyment I had reading the rest of the book. Would still recommend to Vampire buffs.
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