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The Rise of Adolf Hitler: From Beer-Hall Haranguer to Chancellor of the German Reich (1925 to 1933) Book Review

In 1925, the then-wannabe political leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, was 36 years of age. He was a card-carrying member of the fairly new Nazi Party (NSDAP). In fact, he was member 555. At that time, there were around 40 […]

The Rise of Adolf Hitler: From Beer-Hall Haranguer to Chancellor of the German Reich (1925 to 1933) Book Review

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In 1925, the then-wannabe political leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, was 36 years of age. He was a card-carrying member of the fairly new Nazi Party (NSDAP). In fact, he was member 555. At that time, there were around 40 […]

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President Donald Trump Loses Election, Declines to Concede & Promises a Battle Royal. Is He Close to His Breaking Point?

Image by Michael Bußmann from Pixabay Our country’s major, and most respected media outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, and the AP, all called the presidential election, on Saturday afternoon, November

Joseph Goebbels: A Master of Hateful Propaganda (Book Review)

Joseph Goebbels was a master of propaganda of the most hateful kind, directed primarily against the Jewish people. He was also an unrepentant warmonger. It all came to fruition

Mickey Mantle: A Baseball Icon With a Serious Flaw (Book Review)

I recall, not fondly, a game the then-mighty New York Yankees played against our Baltimore Orioles way back on April 30, 1960, at fabled Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street.

The Political Legend That Was the Late Harry ‘Soft Shoes’ McGuirk

It was one of those awful, humid summer nights in Baltimore nearly seven decades ago. We were all sitting around the Locust Point Democratic Club in the 1200 block

Memoir of a Baltimore City Homicide Detective (Book Review)

Image by Bruce Emmerling from Pixabay “[He] was breathing when his body was doused with gasoline and set on fire. He was burned alive!” Kelvin Sewell How bad is the crime

Sacco & Vanzetti Case Revisited (Book Review)

“Great trials express–bear–the soul of a nation…” — The late historian, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. [1] It reads like the kind of brutal crime - especially in that Roaring Twenties era -

The Dictator, Josef Stalin: The Making of a Monster (Book Review)

Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay “Tell Stalin I shall be dying with his name on my lips.” - Nikolai Ezhov, ex-boss of Russia’s feared secret police, the

The Final Exile of an Irish Immigrant – Nora Thornton Hughes 

My mother died on October 8, 1988, at the age of 87. She was simply worn out by the vicissitudes of life. In many ways, especially considering her last

The Patriot: John Eager Howard (Book Review)

“Remember Howard’s warlike thrust…”  — from “Maryland, My Maryland,” (State’s Anthem) by James Ryder Randall John Eager Howard (1752-1827) was one of Maryland’s finest sons. He was a distinguished infantry officer

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