Category: History

Voices from Vietnam by Barry Denenberg: Book review

Voices from Vietnam by Barry Denenberg My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is an excellent book for the post-Vietnam conflict era reader to gain insight into a very complex 30-year war that dragged the French and then the Americans into a conflict that…

Alexander Hamilton: On the Subversion of our United States Republic – 1792

Our Founding Fathers understood Exactly the weakness in our Constitutional System. Why?   Because they had just rebelled against a government that was governed by a man who preferred chaos to calm discussion and organization (See our Declaration of Independence from the national archives) Transcript of…

Book Review: An Amazing Travelogue and Adventure of the 19th Century – Embassy to the Eastern Courts by Andrew Jampoler

Embassy to the Eastern Courts: America’s Secret First Pivot Toward Asia, 1832-37 by Andrew C A Jampoler My rating: 4 of 5 stars Here’s an excellent book for those of you who dig the history of international trade and the opening up of the…

War Monuments: History – Who We Are and What We Believe

Dear Readers,  As a Civil War book writer, “Rough Enough” Richard Clow’s Civil War and Frontier Experiences, 1864 – 1885 with letters I have a number of qualms about the blanket removal of a number of Civil War historic statues and monuments. Yes, there…

Book Review: Bowdrie’s Law, by Louis L’Amour

Bowdrie’s Law by Louis L’Amour My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is probably one of L’Amour’s better books. At the beginning of each tale about Chick Bowdrie, L’Amour puts a historical note about the old west. Not all relate exactly to his 15…

Lest We Forget! Book Review: “Human Smoke” by Nicholson Baker

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Who would have thought that you could make a WWII book that was truly gripping by writing 475 pages of quotes or letters…

Hero and Traitor: Book Review of “Valient Ambition” by N. Philbrick

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book certainly changed my ideas and understanding of Benedict Arnold. Obviously he was a very complex man who ended up being…

Another Wacky British WWII Genius

A secret Lake in Canada! A secret plan to defeat the U-boat domination of the central Atlantic Ocean gives rise to an amazing story! The documentation, held secret by the British for 35 years after the war reveal and eccentric genius, a half cocked…

The Prince of Serendipity Strikes again for Richard Clow and “Rough Enough”

Talk about a really amazing coincidence today!  Out of the blue comes an email from one of my new followers who just happens to be the Great-Great – Step – Grandson of Richard Headley Clow (1847 – 1926) CW veteran 1864-65) about whom I…

Civil War Book – Still Free? Wow!

 Rough Enough (Nonfiction)       Get it for your Kindle app for any computer – Now! Free! https://amazon.com/author/rickmcbee  (Kindle users will find this book free at this site until June 10). The History and Life of 17 year old Richard H. Clow, as seen through his…

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