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From Rocks to Rockets
Arms and Armies through the Ages
Written by William Gilkerson


Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-423-7 (1-84603-423-X)

William Gilkerson takes the broad, sweeping history of the human race and puts it in story and pictures that are at once meaningful, sometimes profound, and always funny. His pen takes us from cave men with rocks, to modern bombs and rockets, and depicts the chaos throughout. First published in 1963... Read more >

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State vs. Defense
The Battle to Define America's Empire
Written by Stephen Glain


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40842-6 (0-307-40842-6)

For most of the twentieth century, the sword has led before the olive branch in American foreign policy. Vividly told, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates as a superpower and explores the constant tension between the diplomats at State and the warriors at Defense.

State vs. Defense characterizes all the... Read more >
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The Endgame
The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
Written by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38894-0 (0-307-38894-8)

A Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

In this follow-up to their national bestseller Cobra II, Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor deftly piece together the story of the most widely reported but least understood war in American history. This stunning account of the political and military struggle between... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Shiloh, 1862

Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1171-3 (1-4262-1171-6)

In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, “would be over by Christmas.” The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Five Years, Four Fronts
A German Officer's World War II Combat Memoir
Written by Georg Grossjohann


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47610-4 (0-345-47610-7)

An infantryman who rose from the enlisted ranks to regimental command in combat, Georg Grossjohann fought on four different fronts during World War II, but saw most of his fighting–from 1941 to 1944–against Russians in the Soviet Union and Romania. He provides shattering glimpses of the horror and chaos of the... Read more >

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Airborne
World War II Paratroopers in combat
Edited by Julie Guard


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-196-0 (1-84603-196-6)

Airborne warfare reached its peak during World War II--the only war in which the potential gains of using airborne tactics ever justified the great costs, both material and human. The revolutionary developments in tactics and equipment meant that whole divisions could now be inserted behind enemy lines to initiate surprise attacks... Read more >

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The Book of Honor
The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives
Written by Ted Gup


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49541-7 (0-385-49541-2)

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. Official CIA records only name thirty-five of them, however. Undeterred by claims that revealing the identities of these "nameless stars" might compromise... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Inside Delta Force
The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
Written by Eric Haney


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 30, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33936-0 (0-385-33936-4)

Delta Force. They are the U.S. Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside–until now.

In this dramatic behind-the-scenes chronicle, Eric Haney, one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Soul of Battle
From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72059-5 (0-385-72059-9)

Examining in riveting detail the campaigns of three brilliant generals who led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies, Hanson shows how the moral confidence with which these generals imbued their troops may have been as significant as any military strategy they utilized. Theban general Epaminondas marched an army of... Read more >

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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6970-2 (0-8129-6970-7)

One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like... Read more >
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Down South
One Tour in Vietnam
Written by William Hardwick


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-847-4 (0-89141-847-4)

Marine 2nd Lt. William H. Hardwick was a forward observer during the Vietnam War who fought alongside rifle companies and lived like a soldier for most of his thirteen-month tour.

Hardwick performed all the duties soldiers are expected to: walking point, springing ambushes, capturing prisoners, and spending months in the bush surrounded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Greatness
Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders
Written by Steven F. Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-23719-4 (0-307-23719-2)

In Greatness, Steven F. Hayward--who has written acclaimed studies of both Reagan and Churchill--uncovers the remarkable parallels between the two statesmen. In exploring these connections, Hayward shines a light on the nature of political genius and the timeless aspects of statesmanship--critical lessons in this or any age. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dispatches

Written by Michael Herr
Introduction by Robert Stone


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 17, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27080-1 (0-307-27080-7)

Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.

From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ghost Ship
The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew
Written by Brian Hicks


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46665-5 (0-345-46665-9)

On December 4th, 1872, a 100-foot brigantine was discovered drifting through the North Atlantic without a soul on board. Not a sign of struggle, not a shred of damage, no ransacked cargo—and not a trace of the captain, his wife and daughter, or the crew. What happened on board the ghost... Read more >
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Across A Deadly Field - Regimental Rules for Civil War Battles

Written by John Hill


Format: Hardcover, 148 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0258-3 (1-4728-0258-6)

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The Dead Hand
The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Written by David Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38784-4 (0-307-38784-4)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that... Read more >

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Chesty
The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
Written by Jon T. Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76044-0 (0-375-76044-X)

The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wings of Courage
Tales from America's Elite Fighter Groups of World War II
Written by Tony Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-219-8 (1-84908-219-7)

From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the U.S. military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite... Read more >

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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Written by Alistair Horne


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6 (1-59017-218-3)

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Neptune's Inferno
The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
Written by James D. Hornfischer


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80670-0 (0-553-80670-X)

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Fourth Star
Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
Written by Greg Jaffe and David Cloud


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40907-2 (0-307-40907-4)

They were four exceptional soldiers, a new generation asked to save an army that had been hollowed out after Vietnam. They survived the military's brutal winnowing to reach its top echelon. They became the Army's most influential generals in the crucible of Iraq.

Collectively, their lives tell the story of the... Read more >

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China's Wars
Rousing the Dragon 1894-1949
Written by Philip Jowett


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-78200-407-3 (1-78200-407-6)

By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, China had become one of the great powers of the modern world. Economically, politically, and militarily, its power and international reach is only exceeded by the United States, the world's one remaining superpower.

Its military spending, though dwarfed by the United... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Our Image
America's Empire in the Philippines
Written by Stanley Karnow


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 3, 1990
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-32816-8 (0-345-32816-7)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Author Stanley Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize for this account of America’s experience in the Philippines. Karnow focuses on the relationship that has existed between the two nations since the U.S. acquired the country from Spain in 1898, examining how we have sought to remake the Philippines... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fields of Battle
The Wars for North America
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74664-5 (0-679-74664-1)

Spanning more than two centuries and an entire continent, eminent historian John Keegan shows how the vast spaces of North America shaped the wars that were fought on its soil.  From General Wolfe's siege of Quebec to the rout of Custer and his men at Little Bighorn, Keegan takes students on an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Engineers of Victory
The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War
Written by Paul Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7939-8 (0-8129-7939-7)

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory... Read more >
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