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The French Foreign Legion

by Martin Windrow & Michael Roffe

It is arguable that no group of fighting men in the history of European arms has been so misrepresented by ill-informed publicity as the French Foreign Legion. Though initially conceived in 1831 as a means of...


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2): Asashio to Tachibana Classes

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

During the Pacific War, at Java Sea, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, throughout the Solomons, Marianas, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns, destroyers were the backbone of every fleet.

Arguably the...


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...


The Longbow

by Mike Loades & Peter Dennis

Boasting a rate of shooting not seen again in English hands until the late 19th century, the longbow was the weapon at the heart of the English military ascendancy in the century after 1340. Capable of subjecting...


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...


Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century

by Dennis Showalter

General George S. Patton and General Erwin Rommel. They served their countries through two World Wars. Their temperaments, both on and off the battlefield, couldn't be further apart from each other-but their...


America's Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919¿1923

by Robert Shenk

In a high-tempo series of operations throughout the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean, a small American fleet of destroyers and other naval vessels responded ably to several major international...


War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

by Max Boot

A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield

Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis,...


Spare Parts: From Campus to Combat: A Marine Reservist's Journey from Campus to Combat in 38 Days

by Buzz Williams

A compelling look into the world of reservists--more than just the "spare parts" of our nation's military--as seen through one manís transformation from weekend warrior to combat marine

In 1989, Buzz Williams...


This Man's Army

by Andrew Exum

The first combat memoir of the War on Terrorism: the gripping story of a young man’s transformation into a twenty-first-century warrior.

Born into a family with a long history of military service dating back...


Turkey's Kurdish Question

by Henri J. Barkey

The Kurds, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Middle East, are reasserting their identity-politically and through violence. Turkey's essentially democratic structure and civil society-ideal tools for coping...


The Choice

by Zbigniew Brzezinski

"American power and a pervasive globalization are the central realities of today's world, and the source of its thorniest dilemmas. Yet while America's unprecedented might should be the source of globa"


The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

by John Keegan

Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s anthology of war writing from 25 centuries of battle

 

In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western...


Naval Modernisation in South-East Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences

by Geoffrey Till & Jane Chan

This edited volume analyses the naval arms race in South-East Asia, and reviews the content, purposes and consequences of the naval policies and development of the main countries of the region.

The rise of naval...


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...


Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns

by Owen Connelly

Renowned for its accuracy, brevity, and readability, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal...


A Gathering Darkness: The Coming of War to the Far East and the Pacific, 1921-1942

by Haruo Tohmatsu & H. P. Willmott

The United States' involvement in World War II began with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But for Japan, the conflict began at a much earlier date. This book focuses on Japan and the...


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Real Language of the Modern American Military

by Alan Axelrod

Few areas of human endeavor have produced more—or more colorful—terms than has the military. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries come up with words, phrases, and acronyms to express...


Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

by William Stevenson

She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited...