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Aces of the 78th Fighter Group

by Thomas Cleaver & Chris Davey

Eighth Air Force 78th FG flew P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters in air combat against German Luftwaffe Me-109, Fw-190, and Me-262 aircraft.

The 78th FG was originally established as...


American Aces Against the Kamikaze

by Edward Young & Mark Styling

The Japanese High Command realized that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. Its desperate response to the invasion of Okinawa was to unleash the full force of the Special...


World War II River Assault Tactics

by Gordon Rottman & Peter Dennis

On the major European and Russian fronts throughout World War II, the challenge of crossing rivers and other water obstacles under fire was absolutely central to any advance. The Panzers that crossed the Meuse...


A Doctor at War: The Story of Colonel Martin Herford: The Most Decorated Doctor of World War II

by Matthew Hall

Doctor at War charts the fascinating account of one man's wartime experiences. Born in Geneva in 1909, Colonel Martin Herford served in the Spanish Civil War, then, on the outbreak of World War II, he saw service...


Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II

by David Rigby

Calling the Combined Chiefs of Staff the glue that held the British-American alliance together in World War II, David Rigby describes the vital contributions to Allied victory made by the organization, which...


The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

by Jack El-Hai

In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by sixteen suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases...


Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II

by Robert Leckie

Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries.

Former Marine and Pacific War veteran Robert Leckie tells the story of the invasion of Okinawa,...


Harry S. Truman: The Coming of the Cold War

by Nicole L. Anslover

Harry S. Truman presided over one of the most challenging times in American history-the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War. Thrust into the presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office,...


Darkest Hour, Finest Hour: Norway, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain: Britain at War Part One

by Nick Shepley

The year of 1940 was a strange mix of catastrophy and triumph for Britain and her ability to hold out against the seemingly unstoppable success of Hitler's war machine had profound implications for the rest...


The Battles of Monte Cassino

by Glyn Harper & John Tonkin-Covell

The first thematic analysis of the Battles of Monte Cassino brings to light new and controversial ideas and information about some of the most critical battles of the Second World War.


NATO 1948: The Birth of the Transatlantic Alliance

by Lawrence S. Kaplan

This compelling history brings to life the watershed year of 1948, when the United States reversed its long-standing position of political and military isolation from Europe and agreed to an "entangling alliance"...


The Scars of War: Tokyo during World War II: Writings of Takeyama Michio

by Richard H. Minear

Takeyama Michio, the author of Harp of Burma, was thirty-seven in 1941, the year of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Husband, father of children born during the war, and teacher at Japan's elite school of...


Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941

by Justus D. Doenecke

Prominent historian Justus Doenecke analyzes the personalities, leading action groups, and major congressional debates surrounding the U.S. decision to participate in World War II.


Prelude to Catastrophe: FDR's Jews and the Menace of Nazism

by Robert Shogan

The Jews who so deeply admired Roosevelt made up the richest, most influential Jewish community in the world, leaders in government, commerce, and the arts. Yet by the time Franklin Roosevelt died in office,...


The War with Japan: The Period of Balance, May 1942-October 1943

by H. P. Willmott

Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was the beginning of the United States' battle with Japan during World War II. In the months following the attack, Japan was successful in a series of victories...


Yalta: The Price of Peace

by S. M. Plohky

"A colorful and gripping portrait of the three aging leaders at their historic encounter." -The Wall Street Journal

For eight fateful days in 1945, three of the towering figures of the twentieth century-FDR,...


Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940

by Patrick Bishop

For 123 days in the summer of 1940, 3,000 youthful airmen in the Royal Air Force fought back against Hitler’s advancing forces with a  heroism that astonished the world. Drawing on interviews with scores...


Bomber Command

by Max Hastings

Bomber Command's air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course...


The Fall of Berlin 1945

by Antony Beevor

Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers...


Anzio: The Gamble that Failed

by Martin Blumenson

Historian Blumenson examines the 1943 Battle of Anzio, which turned into a disaster for the Allies.