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The Saboteurs Who Wanted to Escape Germany
Seventy-six years ago, on August 8, 1942, six German “spies”
were executed in Washington.                Eight
German saboteurs were put ashore in Florida and New York during World War II.
They were to destroy aspects of America’s war production, but most, ...
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Who Could Save the Czar?
One
hundred years ago, the Russian imperial family was murdered. Not
being a Russophile, I was unaware of the blame game going on as to whose fault
it was that the Romanov family was killed. With all of the royal families in
Europe being related, one of the...
Who Could Save the Czar?
Who Could Save the Czar?
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Biography of a Palace
Born in 1882, Otto Petschek was a leading banker and
industrialist in the new democracy of Czechoslovakia. During the years of World
War I, he foresaw Czechoslovak independence and recognized that coal would be
vital. He bought as many mines as he could. Th...
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Leave Them? Or Bring Them Home?
Should soldiers
lie where they fell? That’s the way it used to be. Bringing the dead home from
foreign battlefields was expensive and cumbersome. After World War I,
the United States gave families the choice on their loved ones’ disposition.
Former Presiden...
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Rocket Men
I’ve been fascinated by space since
studying the solar system in second grade. If there’s an astronaut book out
there, I’ve read it. The latest is Rocket
Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First
Journey to the Moon , by Ro...
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Who’s On Your Guest List?
I’ve
been reading Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan by Sheila Tate.
Nancy was often portrayed as a shrew, but her former press secretary does a
great job of refuting that reputation. The
State Dinners of the Reagan years are covered, and tha...
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End of the War Incredulities
Nicholas
Best wrote Seven Days of Infamy , that
I featured last week. He also wrote Five
Days That Shocked the World . He’s a great storyteller, and this book is
filled with accounts from the end of the war in Europe. For instance… The
British picketed a Lo...
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Pearl Harbor Promptings
A
new book, Seven Days of Infamy: Pearl
Harbor Across the World , is described as a collection of remembrances of
mostly famous characters not usually associated with the attack on Pearl
Harbor. It offers anecdotes I’d never heard before. Actress
Greer Gars...
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Wartime Internment of Germans
The
internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II is
well known. Barely known is the internment of Germans and Italians. Residents of an alien internment camp in WWI built an authentic German village in Hot Springs, North Carolin...
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Hello Girls
In my fourth book, Wheresoever They May Be , Susan Talbot is
a switchboard operator in the Women’s Army Corps. World War II was not the
first time women served in that role. During World War I, the “Hello Girls”
filled that urgent need in France. These Amer...
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