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How Did the Battle of Stalingrad Happen?

At the onset of 1942, Germany’s army was paying the price for its stalled invasion of the Soviet Union. After more than five months of almost continuous success in 1941, the German armored columns were stopped just short of Moscow by […]

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Gettysburg’s Role in the Civil War

In comparison to the battle at Antietam (or Sharpsburg) in Maryland in September of 1862, the U.S. victory at Gettysburg had no immediate political benefits for Lincoln or the […]

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Gettysburg was Not the Only Turning Point of the Civil War

This past Sunday’s edition of The New York Times (June 30) ran a story called “A Favorite Son of Gettysburg” in the sports section – an appropriate feature the day before the 150th anniversary of the great Civil War battle. What […]

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These Maps Show How the Battle Unfolds

Since many history books have insufficient maps, readers often supplement them by purchasing separate atlases. Visualizing the terrain features and the placement of units can be very important to understanding the […]

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Why Grant Was the Right Hero for Our First Book

People have asked why we started our map book series with Grant Rising, a profile of Ulysses S. Grant. After all, Robert E. Lee was a much more dynamic figure. […]

By |April 23rd, 2013|Behind the Books, Behind the History|Comments Off on Why Grant Was the Right Hero for Our First Book