Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES

By Norman Currey
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES provides a meticulously researched, anecdote-driven account of some of modern aviation’s most pivotal moments.

IR Approved

WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS

By J. L. Askew
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

J.L. Askew's WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS is a comprehensive look at a forgotten theater of the war, the fighting in the Appalachian region between eastern...

THE BODY BLOG

By Rachel K. Wentz
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A blog in book form, THE BODY BLOG is a series of mini-articles explaining the body and its functions.

IR Approved

BALCONY VIEW, a 9/11 Diary

By Julia Frey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

BALCONY VIEW is author and college professor Julia Frey's six-month diary of living in her apartment directly across the street from the World Trade Center...

IR Approved

YANKS BEHIND THE LINES

By Jeffrey B. Miller
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Before the United States joined the Allied cause in World War I, a group of American aid workers worked behind the scenes to bring humanitarian...

IR Approved

BROTHERS IN ARMS

By Kevin M. Callahan
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

With a unique look at WWII history, this nonfiction book chronicles the stories and heroic acts of brothers who followed each other into battle and...

IR Approved

SOUTH KOREA: The Price of Efficiency and Success

By John Gonzalez and Young Lee
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

SOUTH KOREA: The Price of Efficiency and Success is a thorough portrait of South Korean society.

IR Approved

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI: A MEMOIR OF SOCIALITES, SCHOLARS AND SCOUNDRELS

By Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI, by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao, is the account of one family’s rise and fall in the legendary “Paris of the East.”

IR Approved

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an erudite history of the country’s early development as a republic.

IR Approved

ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST forges a key to the gateway of the visual art world

By Aron Kuehnemann
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Aron Kuehnemann tackles the insular nature of visual art and the oft-elusive understanding of its actors and objects in ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST.

IR Approved

A government secret has a devastating impact on World War II servicemen in BETRAYED: SECRECY, LIES, AND CONSEQUENCES

By Frederic Martini
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

BETRAYED tells the true story of Allied airmen whose imprisonment at Buchenwald during World War II was kept top-secret by U.S. intelligence so that former...

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