Justin’s #48 – The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, Philip Jenkins, 377 pages

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever since I got this book last Christmas, I’ve been just a little skeptical of it. As I have mentioned in other reviews of mine, I have been on a huge WWI kick this year. This has been on my shelf for nearly a year and I just got around to reading it. Dr. Philip Jenkins thesis centers around the thought that World War I was actually not a political war, but a religious one. He invokes images of Christianized Western Europe at the beginning of the 20th century as a type of Medieval landscape that went to war purely on the proposition of religious fervor. If you read this and are too skeptical, you should be. Mostly because I think that Dr. Jenkins argument is really weak. You’d have to read the book to get a full grasp on the argument, but what I thought was most interesting is that by the end of the book, the culmination of all the evidence he presents warps into an entirely different idea. At the beginning, he lays out the fact that World War I was a “religious crusade.” By the end, the conclusions he draws from the rest of the book […]

Justin’s #34 – An American Soldier in World War I, George Browne edited by David Snead, 214 pages

August 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

I had to read this book for my US History class this semester. The book is compiled of quotes from George Browne as he wrote letters back to his bride-to-be in the United States. David Snead then fills in the gaps by adding commentary about the situation and history behind what Browne wrote. I had to write a book review about this book as part of my class, so I thought I would just post what I submitted to my professor for a grade. Understanding that this is an online class and others might stumble upon it, please don’t steal my review. Enjoy!   George Browne (“Brownie) was an American soldier (commonly referred to as a “doughboy”) during World War I. During his time before, in, and after theater, he wrote a plethora of letters to the love of his life he had left behind, Martha. These letters represent an intriguing first person look at the life of an American soldier during World War I. David L. Snead compiled and edited these letters and strung them between commentary on the overarching situation to place them in their proper context. He argues that this method is superior to the studies of […]

Ron’s #16: Night by Elie Wiesel

June 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Love this book. Taught it again for the 12th or 13th time. Students love it, which makes assigning it much easier than other high school works. First review here. For the first time in all these years, a student had a problem with the truthfulness of Wiesel, and created a PowerPoint why it didn’t seem plausible “to her.” Share on Facebook

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