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Military & Political History Linkage

December 12, 2013, 8:22 am

Two military history links worth a look:

Underwater D-Day Wrecks:

A unique expedition to map sunken allied vessels off the Normandy Coast has revealed stunning never-before-seen images from beneath the waves. Using state-of-the-art sonar technology, experts have shone light on ships, submarines and even tanks which still lie at the bottom of the sea, 70 years after D-Day.

The creation of Gettysburg National Cemetery:

The Union soldiers and Gettysburg civilians that looked over the battlefield on July 4th saw a level of death and destruction that was overwhelming and seemingly impossible to take care of. Faced with over 7,000 human bodies to bury and many more wounded to care for, the Union army only paused for a day before it too left Gettysburg in pursuit of Lee’s retreating army, leaving doctors behind to care for the living and provost marshals to organize the civilian population into a burial corps. The 2,400 citizens of Gettysburg, traumatized by three days of war in and around their homes, would now have to cope with roughly 22,000 wounded and an estimated 6 million pounds of carcasses, both human and animal.

And one political:

Lynn Vavreck, co-author of The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Election, reviews Double Down: Game Change 2012. Interesting for its perspective, as the author of scholarly look at the 2012 election critiques a book that is a journalistic look at the 2012 election:

Two books, and two attitudes, seemingly incommensurable. Double Down—subtitled Game Change 2012—and The Gamble—defining the game samers of 2012—couldn’t sound any further apart on their approach to understanding and explaining the election. Yet, despite a few differences, the stories these books tell about what actually happened in the electorate are complementary.

Better than Kinsley’s review.

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