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MOAA AND FACE OF AMERICA RIDE FOR VETS Sixteen members of Team MOAA participated in the national nonprofit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America bicycle and handcycle ride April 23-24. The annual event included participants from 36 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Canada, the U.K., Denmark, and Australia. Nearly 600 bicyclists and handcyclists rode 110


miles from the Pentagon to Gettysburg, Pa., in honor of veterans who have been injured or disabled during their service. Participating wounded veterans came from all service branches with paralysis, amputations, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, blind- ness, and other conditions and rode alongside active duty military, veteran, and civilian participants. Every year, athletes raise funds in support of the


ride, some of which cover expenses for participating injured veteran riders. Remaining funds are applied to the organization’s upcoming inclusive sporting events. Team MOAA’s members raised more than $15,000 of the $500,000 in financial support received to date. Those interested can sign up for or support future


rides at www.faceofamericabikeride.org. — Richard Rhinehart


In Review


Saladin: The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Em- pire. By John Man. Da Capo Press, 2016. $26.99. ISBN 978-0-306-82487-6.


The 12th century sultan Saladin (1138-93) is the only Muslim


leader to successfully unite the medieval Islamic world in a holy war against the Christian Crusades in Pal- estine, according to biogra- pher John Man. Man reveals how Sala- din commanded both fear and respect from Muslims and Christians alike, using cleverly applied “hard and soft power” (brutality and compassion) to outsmart, outmaneuver, and outfi ght his many enemies. Born a Kurd, Saladin was


trained for war and leader- ship by his father and uncle, eventually ruling Egypt, Syria, Nubia, the Maghreb region, Palestine, and west- ern Arabia, fi ghting the crusaders for control of Jerusalem in a dazzling se- ries of battles, sieges, court intrigues, and clever nego- tiations. His most famous foe was England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who led the third Crusade. Sheer political, economic,


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and battle fatigue ended that Crusade at a draw.


Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the Making of the American Revolu- tion. By D. Peter MacLeod. Al- fred A. Knopf, 2016. $35. ISBN 978-0-307-26989-8.


During the Seven Years’ War (1756-63), Britain’s conquest of Canada


hinged on the capture of Quebec, for whoever con- trolled Quebec controlled Canada, according to D. Peter MacLeod, curator of the Canadian War Museum. This meticulously re-


searched and entertaining history describes the Que- bec campaign in 1759 from the perspectives of British and French soldiers, Cana- dian and American colo- nists and militias, Indian allies, and civilians who fought, suff ered, and died in a bloody series of raids, am- bushes, bombardments, and amphibious operations. MacLeod tells of weap-


ons, tactics, logistics, and the crucial decision making of Major General James Wolfe and General Louis- Joseph de Montcalm, in- cluding the “single most important battlefi eld com- mand in Canadian history.” — William D. Bushnell


PHOTO: VAN P. BRINSON III, WORLD T.E.A.M. SPORTS


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