The Complete Guide to WWII in 10 Books

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It’s fair to ask, “Could there possibly be a comprehensive list of books that encompasses arguably the greatest cataclysm in history?” Never mind accomplishing such a feat with only ten books. The final decision must ultimately be left to the reader, but what follows is a credible assemblage of works worthy of being called “a complete guide” to the Second World War.

First, the ground rules guiding the title selection:

This collection does not contain any first person memoirs or accounts from major political figures (e.g. Winston Churchill’s History of the Second World War). Neither does it contain any biographies nor what might be considered “traditional” choices on the subject (e.g. William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich). Finally, encyclopedic A-Z volumes of World War II have not been included because, while informative, this group tends to lack  a greater sense of contextual focus.

Each title listed below is meant to examine a very specific and very important aspect of the war. When taken as a whole, these 10 books will provide a vast and varied perspective of the war.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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The Final Problem: Predictions for Sherlock Season 4 Finale

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The biggest – and arguably the only – clue the audience gets for Sherlock’s season four finale is Mycroft’s statement that everything Sherlock is today has to do with his memory of Euros. So, after four seasons, who is Sherlock Holmes?

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

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Did You Miss Me? Sherlock’s Next Move for Episode 2 – Season 4

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Following last year’s one-off special episode, “The Abominable Bride,” we made a few predictions regarding season 4. Now that the first episode has premiered, let’s see how we’ve scored. Perhaps more importantly, what we expect to see from episode two, “The Lying Detective.”

*Spoiler Alert: This article builds off of predictions made in our article published last year after the holiday special The Abominable Bride, and follows the premiere of season 4 episode 1 on 1 January, 2017. So if you haven’t seen The Six Thatchers, stop now!

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Canada (* But Didn’t Know Where to Ask)

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On December 11th, 2016, Paul K. DiCostanzo sat down with noted YouTube vlogger, writer, Canadian political personality (recently published in the Washington Post), and Canadian cultural ambassador, J.J. McCullough. Among his many endeavors, J.J. is the sole creator and contributor to the ultimate source of Canadian insight online, J.J.’s Complete Guide to Canada (thecanadaguide.com). Mr. McCullough has recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to completely renovate this popular internet cultural destination. He spoke to Paul about this undertaking, and his role as a cultural ambassador for Canada to the world.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Rogue One SPOILER-FREE REVIEW | Film EDERtorials

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The Star Wars franchise Imperial Marches on with its first spin-off film (dubbed “stories”), Rogue One! This newest Star Wars film provides the backstory and depth to exposing the most ridiculous design flaw in super-weapon history. As with every new Star Wars picture, the suspense leading to its release is a pain every fan relishes. Though with this new direction for Star Wars, as well as the wildly varying expectations by fans and critics alike, Rogue One begs many new questions. Is this film a technological terror to be proud of, the first of many? How does Star Wars navigate this bold foray into its ever expanding universe? Where should this latest attempt in world building sit among its legendary peers? In addition to the most important question of all: is it any good? Join Andrew Eder – THE consummate Star Wars connoisseur – as he puts Rogue One through its paces in this spoiler free episode of Film EDERtorials!

By Andrew Eder Film EDERtorials

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