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From Cape Charles to Cape Fear: The North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War
Robert M. Browning Jr.
Churchill's Secret War With Lenin: British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-20
Damien Wright
Progress: 253/576 pages
Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
Stephen Kotkin
Progress: 49/912 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 259 out of 720 pages.

The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 - James Holland

I'm a little over a third of the way through the book, and so far it's living up to its predecessor. Holland does a particularly good job of integrating selected personal narratives with an analysis that explains why developments turned out the way that they did. His main challenge in this volume is doing this on a much wider scope; the first volume had the advantage of having to focus only on the war between Germany and Britain & France, whereas in this one he now has to factor in both the Eastern Front and the events in Asia. So far he's proving up to the task, though his narrative suffers a little from having to jump around so much more than he did before.