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text 2018-04-06 22:08
Corrects misconceptions about the war in the Mediterranean
Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940 - 1945 - Vincent P. O'Hara

Though overshadowed by the larger battles in the Atlantic and the Pacific, the conflict in the Mediterranean, as Vincent O’Hara states in the beginning of this book, was “World War II’s longest air-land-sea campaign,” one that involved five of the world’s six largest navies.  His book, an account of the clash between the surface forces, offers a balanced examination of the conflict that corrects many of the misconceptions which clutter our understanding of the conflict there.  What emerges is a very different take on the war in the Mediterranean, one that provides far better insight into how the war developed and changed as a result.


Foremost among the myths that O’Hara pursues is that of Italian incompetence, which he dispels convincingly by noting their success in achieving their primary strategic objectives throughout most of the war, as well as the tenacious challenge they posed to the British.  Though the Germans are traditionally seen as the Axis power which did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the region, O’Hara disputes this as well, noting that the Kriegsmarine’s combat performance there was in fact inferior to that of the much-disparaged Regia Marina.  Nor are the British and French spared from O’Hara’s revisionary analysis, as he makes a strong case for the French fleet’s ongoing effort to preserve their nation’s sovereignty while arguing that the British only triumphed in the Mediterranean as a result of the infusion of American forces into the region in the fall of 1942.


O’Hara’s points are presented in a convincing and forthright manner, one that aids the book in challenging traditional attitudes about the war there.  Yet it suffers from two significant flaws.  The first is O’Hara’s focus on the surface actions, a curious decision which marginalizes vital components of the sea war.  Even the famous air raid on the Italian naval base on Taranto, one of the turning points of naval history, is addressed in a mere two sentences that offer little consideration of the broader impact of the raid.  O’Hara’s almost exclusive reliance upon secondary and published sources is the other major limitation of his work, as his trodding of ground well covered by others limits the real novelty of his argument.  Such deficiencies limit the impact of what is otherwise a provocative reexamination of the war in the Mediterranean, one that every student of naval conflict in the Second World War can read for enjoyment as well as enlightenment.

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review 2018-02-27 02:45
Because of Winn- DIxie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

This book provides students the opportunity to see a character building confidence throughout the story. Winn-Dixie changes Opal's life by giving her the confidence to be herself. An writing activity that students could do is write about a mistake you made or a struggled you experienced on a bottle shaped paper. This writing activity will hang on a paper cut out of a tree similar to the ghost tree in the book.


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 3-6th

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text 2018-02-17 03:32
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 467 pages.
Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press - James McGrath Morris

Black History Month continues to influence my reading these days, and so here's some intriguing Nonfiction for me to absorb. I bought this on a whim, while browsing the US History section at the bookstore, and I'm excited to learn all about this woman and her journalist career. I think the book will mainly be showcasing the 1960s, although, as with most Biographies, I expect things will start earlier than that. text that I really need to read actually ends at page 394, not counting flipping to Endnotes, because after p. 394 comes the Index, the Bibliography, the Notes, that sort of stuff.


now that I've cued this up, I can barely wait!

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text 2017-12-21 16:46
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 432 pages.
Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, Enlarged Edition - Ellen Fitzpatrick,Eleanor Flexner

I'm finding this to be a highly informative read. I picked it up mainly to learn about the women's suffrage movement, but Flexner demonstrates that campaigners had a much broader agenda than just that.

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text 2017-11-29 12:00
NEW RELEASE - Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold
Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight series Book 8) - Carolyn Arnold

☆¸¸.•´¯`•.¸•★☆>> NEW MYSTERY RELEASE <<☆★•¸.•`¯´•.¸¸☆
Power Struggle by Author Carolyn Arnold (Detective Madison Knight series)

"This one will get your adrenaline as well as your blood pressure up a notch or three!" reviews Miki's Hope

"This is an action packed, thrilling read that has you feeling the fear, frustration and relief that Madison is going through, throughout the whole story." reviewsE Book Addicts

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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