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Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative.

When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent...


Vipers in the Storm: Diary of a Gulf War Fighter Pilot

by Keith Rosenkranz

During Operation Desert Storm, Captain Keith Rosenkranz piloted his F-16 "Viper" in 30 combat missions. Here he recounts these experiences in searing, "you-are-there" detail, giving readers one of the most riveting...


First In: How Seven CIA Officers Opened the War on Terror in Afghanistan

by Gary Schroen

While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the treacherous...


Certain Victory

by Robert Scales

A balanced, comprehensive account of the largest armored battle since World War II


A Fist in the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground in Baghdad Before, During & After the War

by Richard Engel

When war broke out in Iraq, every major U.S. network pulled its correspondents from the scene. Despite the risk, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he was there, bringing the Iraqi...


The Commanders

by Bob Woodward

It is impossible to examine any part of the war on terrorism in the twenty-first century without seeing the hand of Dick Cheney, Colin Powell or one of their loyalists. The Commanders, an account of the use...


Warlord: Broken by War, Saved by Grace

by Ilario Pantano & Malcolm Mcconnell

This is the powerful true story of the Marine lieutenant who, having fought for his country in the first Gulf War, went on to professional success in finance, only to be compelled to reenlist in the wake of...


Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

by John Andreas Olsen

In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive...


The Gulf War of 1991 Reconsidered

by Andrew J. Bacevich & Efraim Inbar

The Gulf War of 1991 Reconsidered subjects one of the formative events of the post-Cold War era and a watershed in Middle Eastern international politics to a comprehensive reassessment. Condidering events from...


The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War

by Alex Vernon

Alex Vernon with Neal Creighton, Jr., Greg Downey, Rob Holmes, and David Trybula with foreword by General Barry R. McCaffrey, retired (commander of the 24th Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm) Winner...


Inside the Danger Zone: The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf, 1987-1988

by Harold Lee Wise

From the Iraqi attack on the USS Stark to Iranian mine fields to Revolutionary Guard gunboats, the 1987-88 Persian Gulf was a place of shadowy danger for U.S. Navy ships assigned to protect oil tankers during...


Every Man A Tiger (Revised): The Gulf War Air Campaign

by Tom Clancy

General Chuck Horner commanded the U.S. and allied air assets—the forces of a dozen nations—during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was responsible for the design and execution of one of the most devastating...


An American in the Basement: The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-Up of His Death

by Amy Waters Yarsinske

The incredible story of denial, deceit, and deception that ultimately cost Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher his life is exposed in this military tell-all. Asserting that years of information has been...


Scud Ballistic Missile and Launch Systems 1955-2005

by Steven Zaloga & Lee Ray

The Scud missile was developed as the centerpiece of Soviet plans to fight nuclear war in the heart of Europe. However, it was never used in its intended role and has instead become a symbol of the changing...


No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel Roberts in the Persian Gulf

by Bradley Peniston

Like its World War II namesake of Leyte Gulf fame, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) was a small combatant built for escort duty. But its skipper imbued his brand-new crew with a fighting spirit to match their...


F-117 Stealth Fighter Units of Operation Desert Storm

by Warren Thompson & Mark Styling

During the final years of the 20th century, the most significant break-through in military weaponry was the concept of Stealth technology, and the first mass-produced weapon to utilize this to perfection was...


AV-8b Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

by Lon Nordeen & Jim Laurier

In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political and economic...


The Forever War

National Book Critics Circle for General Non-fiction 2008

by Dexter Filkins

National Bestseller

One of the Best Books of the Year:

New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time

 

An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive...


Immediate Action

by Andy McNab

He is one of the most highly decorated soldiers alive.  He is also the first to break the code of silence about the most elite fighting force in the world. What Andy McNab has to say is so explosive that the...


Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq

by Andy McNab

Their mission: To take out the scuds. Eight went out. Five came back. Their story had been closed in secrecy. Until now. They were British Special Forces, trained to be the best. In January 1991 a squad of eight...