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A History of the American Revolution

Written by John Alden


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 10, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83138-5 (0-307-83138-8)

The history of the American rebellion against England, written by one of America’s preeminent eighteenth-century historians, differs from many views of the Revolution. It is not colored by excessive worship of the Founding Fathers but, instead, permeated by sympathy for all those involved in the conflict. Alden has taken advantage of... Read more >

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How Wars Are Won
The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror
Written by Bevin Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4948-6 (1-4000-4948-2)

Both timely and timeless, How Wars Are Won offers a fascinating look at the history of warfare and the thirteen essential rules for achieving victory that have evolved from ancient times to the present day. Acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander opens with an incisive, historically informed diagnosis of the new threat... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crazy Horse and Custer
The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47966-0 (0-385-47966-2)

From the author of the bestselling D-Day, June 6, 1944 and Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose's Crazy Horse and Custer is "an impressively researched and admirably narrated dual biography" (Publishers Weekly) of the two leaders whose strikingly parallel lives culminated with their legendary clash at Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse, leader of... Read more >

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The Supreme Commander
The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94662-1 (0-307-94662-2)

Bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the war leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his relationships with leaders like Churchill, Roosevelt, and de Gaulle and generals like Montgomery and Patton.

In North Africa, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge, Dwight David Eisenhower proved himself as one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare

Written by Roger T. Ames


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-36239-1 (0-345-36239-X)

In 1973, an excavation at a noble's tomb in Mawangdui, China, uncovered a collection of ancient Chinese brush-written silk texts buried in 168 B.C.   These texts included the ancient versions of the long lost cornerstones of Chinese culture, philosophy and military strategy.

This new translation of a well-known Chinese classic contains... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Holy War
The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72140-0 (0-385-72140-4)

In 1095, with the tomb of Jesus still in the hands of infidels and the Byzantine empire overrun by Muslim Turks, Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and their swords against the Turks and then recover the holy city of Jerusalem from Islam. It was to... Read more >

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Wings of Gold
The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47252-6 (0-345-47252-7)

From critically acclaimed military historian Gerald Astor comes Wings of Gold, the first account of how the airplane transformed the U.S. Navy and paved the way to victory in the Pacific in World War II. Astor tracks that fateful journey from its humble beginnings in 1910 when Eugene Ely flew the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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See No Evil
The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
Written by Robert Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4684-3 (1-4000-4684-X)

In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA’s efforts to root out the world’s deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and... Read more >

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Shadow Warriors
A History of the US Army Rangers
Written by Mir Bahmanyar


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-142-7 (1-84603-142-7)

No American military unit can claim as colorful and volatile a history as the Rangers, who have led the way in America's wars for well over three hundred years. This book traces the Rangers from the time of Robert Rogers during the French-Indian War of the 18th century to the most... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Body of Secrets
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
Written by James Bamford


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49908-8 (0-385-49908-6)

The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world. In the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James... Read more >
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The Main Enemy
The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
Written by Milton Bearden and James Risen


Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47250-2 (0-345-47250-0)

“If there’s a more revealing account of spies at work, it’s classified.”
The New York Times Book Review

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lonely Soldier
The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq
Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6149-7 (0-8070-6149-2)

More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War Two, yet as soldiers they are still painfully alone. In Iraq, only one in ten troops is a woman, and she often serves in a unit with few other women or none at all. This... Read more >
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Jawbreaker
The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
Written by Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35106-7 (0-307-35106-8)

Gary Berntsen, the CIA’s key commander coordinating the fight against the Taliban forces around Kabul, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit—and cornering—of Osama bin Laden, and the reason the terrorist leader escaped American retribution. As disturbingly eye-opening as it is adrenaline-charged, Jawbreaker races... Read more >

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Warriors of God
Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
Written by Nicholas Blanford


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6836-4 (1-4000-6836-3)

Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. With Warriors and God, Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel.

Based on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Written by Philip Bobbitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72138-7 (0-385-72138-2)

“We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Terror and Consent
The Wars for the Twenty-first Century
Written by Philip Bobbitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7701-4 (1-4000-7701-X)

An urgent reconceptualization of the Wars on Terror from the author of The Shield of Achilles (“magisterial”— The New York Times, “a classic for future generations”—The New York Review of Books). In this book Philip Bobbitt brings together historical, legal, and strategic analyses to understand the idea of a “war on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arrows of the Night
Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War
Written by Richard Bonin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2876-2 (0-7679-2876-8)

The definitive account of what Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi did to manipulate the U.S. government into invading Iraq with his ultimate hope of being placed in power, by longtime 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin.

Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile’s ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi... Read more >

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I Am a Soldier, Too
The Jessica Lynch Story
Written by Rick Bragg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7747-2 (1-4000-7747-8)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg lends his remarkable narrative skills to the story of the most famous POW this country has known.

In I Am a Soldier, Too, Bragg lets Jessica Lynch tell the story of her capture in the Iraq War in her own words—not the sensationalized ones... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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From Chivalry to Terrorism
War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76830-2 (0-679-76830-0)

Manliness has always been linked to physical prowess and to war; indeed the warrior has been the archetypal man across countless cultures throughout time. In this magisterial excursion through literature, history, warfare, and sociology, one of our most prominent scholars tracks the complex relationship between the changing methods and goals of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Soul Repair
Recovering from Moral Injury after War
Written by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini


Format: Hardcover, 174 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2907-7 (0-8070-2907-6)

The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities.

Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides. And though treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has undoubtedly alleviated suffering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Perilous Fight
America's Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815
Written by Stephen Budiansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45495-9 (0-307-45495-9)

In Perilous Fight, Stephen Budiansky tells the rousing story of the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812, when an upstart American fleet fought off the legendary Royal Navy and established America as a world power for the first time.

Through vivid re-creations of riveting and dramatic encounters at sea, Budiansky shows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ghost
Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
Written by Fred Burton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49425-2 (0-345-49425-3)

In this hard-hitting memoir, Fred Burton, a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spycraft, emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, worldly-wise few. Plunging readers into the murky world of violent religious extremism that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Joker One
A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood
Written by Donovan Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7956-5 (0-8129-7956-7)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Niagara University
Siena Heights University
The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute

After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell, motivated by his unwavering patriotism and commitment, decided to join the service, realizing that becoming a Marine officer would allow him to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lessons of Terror
A History of Warfare Against Civilians
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76074-7 (0-375-76074-1)

In The Lessons of Terror, military historian Caleb Carr examines terrorism throughout history, to the very roots of our present crisis, and ultimately reaches a provocative set of conclusions: the practice of targeting enemy civilians is as old as warfare itself; it has always failed as a military and political tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Spartans
The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece
Written by Paul Cartledge


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7885-1 (1-4000-7885-7)

“Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve, style, and great trivia.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Sparta has often been described as the original Utopia—a remarkably evolved society whose warrior heroes were forbidden any other trade, profession, or business. As a people, the Spartans were the living exemplar of such core values as... Read more >
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